420 (2000), decreasing. Late 19th century population 1,600 to 3,000.
Sumatra, Bangka-Belitung Province. 2 coastal enclaves, northeast Bangka island; Lepar, Liat, Mendanau, and others between Bangka and Belitung. Some possible on nearby coast, South Sumatra Province.
Ethnic autonym: Orang Sawang, sea people. Southernmost of dozens of Malayic-speaking Orang Laut, sea tribe, groups ranging from the waters of Thailand through the Riau archipelago and Bangka and Belitung. Traditional religion.