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Old Testament Portions and The New Testament in Central Sinama Language – Kitab Injil & Kitab Awal-Jaman / Color Maps / Native to the Philippines, Borneo, and Malaysia

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Old Testament Portions and The New Testament in Central Sinama Language

Kitab Injil & Kitab Awal-Jaman 

Color Maps 

Native to the Philippines, Borneo, and Malaysia

Central Sinama (Bahasa Sinama / Bajau / Badjao)


Publisher: WPS

BL 2008 WPS First Edition NT 1987 IBS


2nd Edition New Testament

1st Edition Old Testament Portions / Including: Tawrat (Genesis), Ruth, 1 Samuel, Ester, Jonah


Color Maps


At the end: Pahati

Pamandu’ maka Panganggara’

Saga Map Pang’nda’an Lahat




Printed in 2008 in the Philippines

2,500 Copies Printed

ISBN 9789718260753

1,246 Pages


Central Sinama (Bahasa Sinama / Bajau / Badjao)

Central Sinama is a member of the Sama-Bajaw group of the Bornean branch of the Malayo-Polynesian language family. It is closely related to Sinama Banguingi and Southern Sinama.

Estimates of Central Sinama speakers range from 100,000-400,000 people. They can be found throughout Southeast Asia especially in the Sulu Archipelago and Zamboanga Peninusla of the Philippines and in Sabah Malaysia. Sama communities are present in the coastal areas of the three major regions of the Philippines: Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao.

There is a great number of dialects within the Central Sinama language depending upon the island of origin of the Sama group. These are some of the significant Central Sinama dialect groups: Sama Laminusa, Sama Tabawan, Sama Sibaud, Sama Manubal, Sama Musu', Sama Silumpak, and the Sama Dilaut, the sea gypsies well known throughout the Philippines as the Badjao. Sama Dilaut is the largest dialect group.

Sinama is written with the Latin alphabet.


The Sama language, Sinama (Sama + the infix -in-; also known as Bahasa Bajau), is the language of Sama people of the Sulu Archipelago the Bajau of Sabah, Malaysia and  Indonesia. The Sama are one of the most widely dispersed peoples in Southeast Asia.

The Ethnologue divides Sinama into 7 languages based on mutual intelligibility. The 7 Sinama languages are Northern Sinama, Central Sinama, Southern Sinama, Sinama Pangutaran from the island of Pangutaran off of Jolo island, Mapun, Bajau West Coast of Sabah and Bajau Indonesia. Jama Mapun, a language from the island of Mapun, formerly known as Cagayan de Sulu, is a related language and sometimes also referred to as Sinama. These classifications are rarely recognized by Sama themselves who instead classify their Sinama by the village or island it originates from. The emic classification of a Sama person's language e.g. Silumpak, Laminusa, Tabawan generally form the different dialects of the 7 Sinama or Bajau languages.

Native to Philippines, Malaysia and Indonesia
Region Tawi-Tawi and neighboring islands of the Sulu Archipelago (Sibutu, Siasi), Darvel Bay north coast of Sabah and some part of Indonesia
Ethnicity Sama, Bajau
Native speakers
410,000 (2000–2007)[1]
Language family
  • Malayo-Polynesian
    • Sama–Bajaw
      • Sama
Language codes
ISO 639-3 Variously:
ssb – Southern Sama
sml – Central Sama
sse – Balangingi Sama
slm – Pangutaran Sama
Glottolog inne1244


Sample text in Sinama

Sai na mbal alasa ma bahasana akalap lagi' min hayop maka min daing alangsa.

Tagalog translation

Ang hindi marunong magmahal sa sariling wika, masahol pa sa hayop at malansang isda.

English translation

He who does not love his own language is worse than an animal or a rotten fish.


Information about the Sama people and the Central Sinama language

Sinama Alphabet Song

Sinama Pronoun Chart

Common Sinama phrases
http://sinama.org/bahasa-sinama/introductions/ http://sinama.org/2010/03/common-phrases-adapted-from-learning-tagalog/ http://sinama.org/2010/01/sinama-phrases/

Linguistic Teaching in the Sinama Language

Bornean languages

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