This page will give you more information about the
history, religion and culture of the Minahasan people, who live on the
northeastern peninsula of Sulawesi, in one of the four districts
of the province Sulawesi-Utara.
The capital of Sulawesi-Utara is Manado.
It is reachable by air from Ujung Pandang, Jakarta,
Surabaya, Balikpapan, Ternate, Ambon, Davao and Jayapura. Other
in this province i.e. Gorontalo, Tahuna and Talaud are served mainly by
domestic feather- line traffic.
Map of North-Sulawesi
The Minahasan people
One of the most western oriented people, the hospitable and open-minded Minahasan people are Christians. Their first contact with the Europeans came in the 16th century with the arrival of Spaniards and Portuguese spice traders. However, it wasn't until the Dutch landed on their shores that they became totally Christianized.
The Christian Church in the center of Manado.
At the beginning of the 17th century, the cultures
North Celebes were still dominated by the old Austronesian heritage of
insular Southeast Asia. Indian influence had been negligible even in
with parts of the Philippines - there were no conspicuous Hindu
accretions, no Indic scripts and very few Indian linguistic borrowings.
Islam seems to have reached certain aristocratic groups via Ternate in
the 1560s, but would not become an important part of folk culture in
part of North Celebes until the late nineteenth century. Contact with
and Portuguese explorers began in the 1520s, and several Jesuit
visited the area from 1563 onward, but only on the island of Siau
was a European presence at all sustained in the sixteenth century (De
Costa 1958:7-11; Wessels 1933). (Henley 1996:23)