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Tao-Suamato, Mahigi in Papua New Guinea

Tao-Suamato, Mahigi

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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
2,700 Mubami Christianity 80.00 % 15.00 % No No   

Tao-Suamato, Mahigi in Papua New Guinea

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Introduction / History
The Mubami live on the banks of the Aramia, Guavi, and Wawoi Rivers in southwestern Papua New Guinea. International timber companies have contracted to log the forests on Mubami land. The logging industry has brought change to the area. Healthcare and education are more readily available, but prostitution is on the rise. Landowners receive royalties, enabling them to pay school fees for their children and purchase manufactured goods. However, having cash in hand can open the door to new temptations.

Although the influence of the logging companies has brought change, outside the logging camps the Mubami maintain much of their traditional lifestyle. They continue to harvest sago palm to remove the starch, which is their traditional staple food. They also fish, hunt and plant vegetable gardens. Some still build their houses on stilts from local forest materials, such as split black palm for the walls and floor and shingles made of sago fronds for the roofs. Others use roofing iron and other purchased materials.

The name Mubami and the alternate name Dausuame originate from their traditional jewelry. Some used to wear a bamboo stick, called a mabari'i, through their nose, while others twined bark strings in their hair and coated them with clay to make dreadlocks, called da'uso. These words were combined with the word for 'men' or 'people', ami/ame, and they came to be called Mubami/Dausuame. The Gospel was brought to the Mubami people by their neighbours, the Gogodala, who became a great missionary force in the mid 1900s. The Mubami and many other groups in the region use the Gogodala New Testament and sing worship songs in Gogodala. However, with the exception of the residents in Kala, few Mubami know Gogodala, and understand the Scripture or songs. They have asked for assistance in translating the Bible into their language, but are still waiting. Recently, several Mubami have begun to write worship songs in their own language.

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Country: Papua New Guinea
Continent: Australia
Region: Australia and Pacific
10/40 Window: No
Location in Country:Western province: middle and lower Wawoi river; Diwami, Kubeai, Parieme, Paueme, Sogae, Ugu, and Waliho villages on Guavi and Aramia rivers.
(Source: Ethnologue 2016)
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People Name in Country: Tao-Suamato, Mahigi
People Name General: Tao-Suamato
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ROP3 Code: 109841
Joshua Project People ID: 15263
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 2,700
Population all Countries: 2,700
Least-Reached: No
Affinity Bloc: Pacific Islanders
People Cluster: New Guinea
People Name General: Tao-Suamato
Ethnic Code: AON09b
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Primary Language: Mubami (2,700 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): tsx    Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages: 1
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Christianity
Religion Sub-division:Protestant
Major Religions:
Buddhism0.00 % 
Christianity80.00 %(Evangelical: 15.00 %)
Ethnic Religions20.00 % 
Hinduism0.00 % 
Islam0.00 % 
Non-Religious0.00 % 
Other / Small0.00 % 
Unknown0.00 % 
Christianity Segments:
Anglican0.00 %
Independent10.00 %
Protestant80.00 %
Orthodox0.00 %
Other Christian0.00 %
Roman Catholic10.00 %
(Evangelicals distributed across Christianity segments)
Progress Indicators [5]
Progress Scale[6]   Evangelicals have a significant presence.
Least-Reached: No
GSEC Status:Level 4   Greater than or equal to 2% Evangelical
Bible Translation Status
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Bible Portions: Help start a Bible Translation
New Testament: None Reported
Complete Bible: None Reported
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Audio RecordingsAudio Bible teaching (GRN)
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Tao-Suamato, Mahigi in Papua New Guinea

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