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Dem in Indonesia

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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
1,700 Dem Christianity 65.00 % 1.00 % No No   

Dem in Indonesia

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Introduction / History
The Dem are primarily subsistence farmers in their mountainous homeland in the Bina Valley of central Papua. They can best be accessed by airplane.

Dem speakers have a legend that says they come from a "hole in the ground". They enjoy unique songs and dances. The Dem men will often pay a bride price to obtain a wife. Upon death, a body is often cremated instead of buried.

The women work primarily in the home or as gardeners and some still wear grass skirts. Sweet potatoes are a diet staple. The Dem folk have and use knives and axes. Dem houses are built similar to Dani homes. Dem people identify themselves by tribe and clan. The Dem people look up to their chief, their pastor, and their village leader. The Dem people have no gospel cassette, films, or videos in their language. The Evangelical Christian Church of Indonesia has churches in the language area.

The Dem are sometimes known as the Lem, Ndem people. They prefer to be called Dem or Lem.

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Country: Indonesia
Continent: Asia
Region: Asia, Southeast
Persecution Rank:49 (Only top 50 ranked, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
10/40 Window: Yes
Location in Country:Papua Province. Western highlands; along Rouffaer river headwaters; north of Ilaga town.
(Source: Ethnologue 2016)
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People Name in Country: Dem
People Name General: Dem
ROP3 Code: 102509
Joshua Project People ID: 11530
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 1,700
Population all Countries: 1,700
Least-Reached: No
Affinity Bloc: Pacific Islanders
People Cluster: New Guinea
People Name General: Dem
Ethnic Code: AON10a
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
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Primary Language: Dem (1,700 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): dem    Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages: 1
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Christianity
Religion Sub-division:Protestant
Major Religions:
Buddhism0.00 % 
Christianity65.00 %(Evangelical: 1.00 %)
Ethnic Religions35.00 % 
Hinduism0.00 % 
Islam0.00 % 
Non-Religious0.00 % 
Other / Small0.00 % 
Unknown0.00 % 
Christianity Segments:
Anglican0.00 %
Independent15.00 %
Protestant70.00 %
Orthodox0.00 %
Other Christian0.00 %
Roman Catholic15.00 %
(Evangelicals distributed across Christianity segments)
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Least-Reached: No
GSEC Status:Level 6   Greater than or equal to 10% Evangelical
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New Testament: None Reported
Complete Bible: None Reported
Ministry Resources [7]
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Audio RecordingsAudio Bible teaching (GRN)
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Dem in Indonesia

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People Cluster
    New Guinea     Asia, Southeast    
      Dem Indonesia    
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            Dem in Indonesia          
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      Christianity     Dem  
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