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Oyaoya in Papua New Guinea


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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
800 Oya'oya Ethnic Religions 30.00 % 4.00 % No No   

Oyaoya in Papua New Guinea

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Introduction / History
The Oya'oya people live on the coast along the eastern end of the peninsula south of Milne Bay. They generally live in many small hamlets, rather than larger villages.

Their diet consists primarily of fish and yams, but most people also grow a cash crop such as copra or betel nut. Houses are made from sago palms, with black palm floors, and are built on posts about 2 meters above the ground. Most people wear western-style clothing bought at second hand stores in Alotau.

What are their beliefs?
Around 1918 the Kwato church, the largest denomination in the area, was brought to the Oya'oya area by Charles William Abel. Kwato churches became non-operational during WWII, at which time people were forced to move to other areas, but Kwato churches later reopened after the war, when they were joined by Catholic churches. Though many Oya'oya people now profess Christianity and some attend church, there appears to be a lack of understanding of the gospel, and many people still practice magic and sorcery.

Although there is Scripture in Suau, a neighboring language which some Oya'oya people speak, it has been reported that most younger people cannot understand Suau. There is a need for God's Word to be translated into Oya'oya.

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Country: Papua New Guinea
Continent: Australia
Region: Australia and Pacific
10/40 Window: No
Location in Country:Milne Bay province: Samarai-Murua district, Bwanabwana local government area, southeast tip of Papuan mainland facing China strait.
(Source: Ethnologue 2016)
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Linguistic Map:Ethnologue language map
  Peoples [3]
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People Name in Country: Oyaoya
People Name General: Oyaoya
ROP3 Code: 107718
Joshua Project People ID: 14239
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 800
Population all Countries: 800
Least-Reached: No
Affinity Bloc: Pacific Islanders
People Cluster: New Guinea
People Name General: Oyaoya
Ethnic Code: AON09b
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
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Primary Language: Oya'oya (800 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): oyy    Ethnologue Listing
Primary Dialect:Oyaoya
Dialect Code:15386
Total Languages: 1
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Ethnic Religions
Major Religions:
Buddhism0.00 % 
Christianity30.00 %(Evangelical: 4.00 %)
Ethnic Religions70.00 % 
Hinduism0.00 % 
Islam0.00 % 
Non-Religious0.00 % 
Other / Small0.00 % 
Unknown0.00 % 
Christianity Segments:
Anglican0.00 %
Independent0.00 %
Protestant75.00 %
Orthodox0.00 %
Other Christian0.00 %
Roman Catholic25.00 %
(Evangelicals distributed across Christianity segments)
Progress Indicators [5]
Progress Scale[6]   Evangelicals have a modest presence.
Least-Reached: No
Bible Translation Status
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New Testament: None Reported
Complete Bible: None Reported
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Oyaoya in Papua New Guinea

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      Oyaoya Papua New Guinea    
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            Oyaoya in Papua New Guinea          
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