, also known as South Moluccans, are an Indonesian
ethnic group of mixed Malay-Papuan origin. They are mostly Christians or Muslims. Ambonese are from Ambon Island
in the Maluku
, an island group east of Sulawesi
and north of Timor
. The predominant language of the island is Ambonese Malay, also called Ambonese. It developed as the trade language of central Maluku
, and is spoken elsewhere in Maluku as a second language. Bilingualism in Indonesian
is high around Ambon City.
An ethnic mixture of Southeast Asians and Melanesian peoples of New Guinea
, they speak a Malayo-Polynesian language. A typical Ambonese village consists of about 1,500 people who live in houses of woven sago leaves
or plastered bamboo
on stone foundations; they cultivate surrounding hillsides.
The Ambonese have been heavily influenced by Islam
, and indigenous customs have largely disappeared.