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Jimajima, Dima in Papua New Guinea

Jimajima, Dima

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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
1,200 Dima Christianity 95.00 % 8.00 % No No   

Jimajima, Dima in Papua New Guinea

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Introduction / History
The Dima language is spoken in a remote part of Milne Bay Province. The Dima area is coastal and low-lying grass-land, much of which becomes swampy during the rainy season. The coast is hedged in with mangroves. Inland there is a plain of grass-covered hills containing many swampy areas filled with various trees and palms. The area is fairly isolated, it takes three days motorized boat travel to reach Alotau (the provincial capital). Some Dima people said they are "at the end of the world."

Most Dima people are subsistence farmers, they may also sell goods at local markets. The Dima have a reputation as providers of meat, especially bandicoot and wallaby. There is a tradition of competitive feasting between Dima clans and with some neighboring language groups, in which each village attempts to provide the pig with the largest girth. This may be less common now as people try to avoid becoming indebted to other villages.

Papua New Guinea enjoys freedom of religion. The Dima people have been exposed to Christian teaching for many years, since they live in an area with a number of Anglican churches. 90% of the Dima people would call themselves Christian, but only about 5% have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. Services are usually conducted in English or Tok Pisin, languages they may not understand. There are six pastors and two missionaries working among the Dima people.

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Country: Papua New Guinea
Continent: Australia
Region: Australia and Pacific
10/40 Window: No
Location in Country:Milne Bay province: east of Moi bay coast almost to Posaposa Harbor; Ruaba river area.
(Source: Ethnologue 2016)
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People Name in Country: Jimajima, Dima
People Name General: Jimajima
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ROP3 Code: 104270
Joshua Project People ID: 12357
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 1,200
Population all Countries: 1,200
Least-Reached: No
Affinity Bloc: Pacific Islanders
People Cluster: New Guinea
People Name General: Jimajima
Ethnic Code: AON09b
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Primary Language: Dima (1,200 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): jma    Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages: 1
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Christianity
Religion Sub-division:Anglican
Major Religions:
Buddhism0.00 % 
Christianity95.00 %(Evangelical: 8.00 %)
Ethnic Religions5.00 % 
Hinduism0.00 % 
Islam0.00 % 
Non-Religious0.00 % 
Other / Small0.00 % 
Unknown0.00 % 
Christianity Segments:
Anglican90.00 %
Independent0.00 %
Protestant10.00 %
Orthodox0.00 %
Other Christian0.00 %
Roman Catholic0.00 %
(Evangelicals distributed across Christianity segments)
Progress Indicators [5]
Progress Scale[6]   Evangelicals have a modest presence.
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
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Jimajima, Dima in Papua New Guinea

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