Acehnese couple circa 1939
|3.526.000 - 4.200.000|
|Regions with significant populations|
Indonesia: 3.404.000 (2010) - 3.445.000 (2015)|
Malaysia: 80.000-120.000 (2009)
|Related ethnic groups|
|Kluet, Cham, Kyat Malays, and other Chamic speaking peoples|
The Acehnese (also Achinese) are an ethnic group from Aceh, Indonesia in the northernmost tip of the island of Sumatra. The area has a history of political struggle against the Dutch. Their language, the Acehnese, belongs to the Aceh–Chamic groups of Malayo-Polynesian branch of the Austronesian language family.
The 14th century Suruaso inscription was found in Tanah Datar Regency (West Sumatra), and written in two languages, Old Malay and Tamil. The Tamils were also assimilated with Acehnese people, and many of them has physical resemblance to that of Tamils. However, they do not practice Tamil culture or speak Tamil language anymore.
They were at one time Hinduised, as is evident from their traditions and the many Sanskrit words in their language. They have been Muslims for several centuries and are generally considered the most conservative Muslim ethnic group in Indonesia with the implementation of Sharia law in their home province of Aceh. The estimated number of Acehnese ranges 3,526,000 people and at least 4.2 million people
Traditionally, there have been a large number of Acehnese agriculturists, metal-workers and weavers. Traditionally matrilocal, their social organisation is communal. They live in gampôngs, which combine to form districts known as mukims.
Aceh came to international attention as being the hardest-hit region of the 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake with 120,000 people dead.
Due to conflict since Dutch invasion to Aceh until Martial Law in Aceh and 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake, many Acehnese fled abroad. The most significant number of Acehnese can be found in Malaysia and Scandinavia countries. Acehnese immigrants also can be found significantly in Singapore, Thailand, Australia, United States and Canada.
Traditional Acehnese dance portrays the heritage culture, religion and folklore of the common folk. Acehnese dance are generally performed in groups; either in standing or in sitting position, whereby the group of dancers will be of the same gender. If seen from the musical standpoint, the dance can be grouped into two types. One is accompanied with vocals and physical percussive movements of the dancers themselves, and the other is simply accompanied by an assemble of musical instruments.
- Likok Pulo
- Rabbani Wahed
- Ranup lam Puan
- Rapa'i Gèlèng
- Ratéb Meuseukat
- Ratoh Duek
- Saman Dance
- Tari Sewah
- Tarek Pukat
Acehnese cuisine is known for its combination of spices just as it is commonly found in Indian and Arabic cuisine such as ginger, pepper, coriander, cumin, cloves, cinnamon, cardamom and fennel. A variety of Acehnese food is cooked with curry or curry and coconut milk, of which is generally combined with meat such as buffalo meat, beef, mutton, fish, and chicken. Several types of traditional recipe uses a blend of cannabis as a flavoring spice; where such cases is also found in some other Southeast Asian cuisines such as in Laos. However today, those substance are no longer used.
- Ayam Tangkap
- Nasi Guri
- Eungkot Paya
- Kuwah Eungkôt Yèë
- Kuah Beulangong
- Kanji Rumbi
- Kuwah Pliëk U
- Martabak Aceh
- Masam Keu’euëng
- Mie Aceh
- Sambai Asam Udeuëng
- Sate Matang
- Sie Reuboh
- Mie Caluk
- Sop Sumsum
- Iskandar Muda
- Cut Nyak Dhien
- Cut Nyak Meutia
- Teungku Chik di Tiro
- P. Ramlee
- Teuku Muhammad Hasan
- Teuku Umar
- Teuku Jacob
- Hasan di Tiro
- Farhan Ramadhan
- Teuku Wisnu
- Admiral Keumala Hayati
- Surya Paloh
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