What is the meaning of Bugis?

What is the meaning of Bugis?

Bugis, also called Buginese, people of southern Celebes (Sulawesi), Indonesia. Their language, also called Bugis (or Buginese), belongs to the Austronesian language family. The Bugis are the culturally dominant ethnic group of the island and are often linked with the closely related Makassarese.

Where did the Bugis come from?

The Bugis people, also known as Buginese, are an ethnicity—the most numerous of the three major linguistic and ethnic groups of South Sulawesi (the others being Makassar and Toraja), in the south-western province of Sulawesi, third-largest island of Indonesia.

Who are the Bugis and where do they live?

They are of Malay stock. Some four million Bugis live on Sulawesi Island while an estimated one million more have migrated to other parts of Indonesia and Southeast Asia, including Borneo, eastern Sumatra, the Riau islands, Buru, Ambon, Flores, Malaysia, Singapore and Papua New Guinea.

What is Bugis known for?

Popular with both locals and tourists, it is a shopping haven well-known for being one of the most affordable places in Singapore for souvenirs, accessories, clothes, and cosmetics. As you wander through the maze of shops, Bugis Street also offers plenty of eating options to keep hungry shoppers satisfied.

How Bugis got its name?

The Bugis area, where Bugis Junction is located, is named after the Bugis, a Malay sub-group with origins in South Sulawesi (Celebes) in Indonesia, and once well known for their seafaring and warring skills. The first Bugis merchants settled in Singapore at around the time it was founded in 1819.

How did Bugis get its name?

Before the 1950s, the Bugis area was where you would find Singapore’s pirates: seafaring people from South Sulawesi province in Indonesia, known as the Bugis or Buginese. Yup, that’s how Bugis got its name.

What is special about Bugis?

Bugis Street was renowned internationally from the 1950s to the 1980s for its nightly gathering of transvestites and transsexuals, a phenomenon that made it one of Singapore’s most notable destinations for foreign visitors during that period.