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Aeka in Papua New Guinea

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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
5,600 Aeka Christianity 86.00 % 15.00 % No No   

Aeka in Papua New Guinea

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Introduction / History
The Aeka people live in 28 villages and hamlets in the low-lying land around the Kumusi and Ope Rivers. Most of the area is covered with rainforest and sago swamp, though some land by the road is cultivated for growing oil palm. Some families own oil palm blocks and earn money by selling the fruit to an oil palm processing company.

What are their lives like?
People mostly eat taro, bananas and sago, which they grow and harvest themselves. They also keep pigs, which may grow to be very large.

The small nation of Papua New Guinea has more languages being used than any other country in the world—more than 800. It is one of the most rural nations with only 18 percent of the people living in cities. It is one of the world's least explored so that here are many plants and animals waiting to be discovered.

What are their beliefs?
The Anglican Church was the first mission to evangelize the Aeka area, in the late 1930s. All Aeka people would say that they are Christians, although most do not regularly attend church. A cargo cult is active in Oro Province, and some Aeka people are members of the cult. The cargo cult involves ancestor worship for material benefit, which people often mix with traditional and Christian beliefs.

What are their needs?
A retired Anglican priest is trying to translate church materials into Aeka, his mother tongue. Most people do not speak a language other than Akea well so cannot understand the Bible well in another language.

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Country: Papua New Guinea
Continent: Australia
Region: Australia and Pacific
10/40 Window: No
Location in Country:Oro province: Sohe district, Tamata rural LLG.
(Source: Ethnologue 2016)
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Linguistic Map:Ethnologue language map
  Peoples [3]
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People Name in Country: Aeka
People Name General: Aeka
ROP3 Code: 100082
Joshua Project People ID: 18930
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 5,600
Population all Countries: 5,600
Least-Reached: No
Affinity Bloc: Pacific Islanders
People Cluster: New Guinea
People Name General: Aeka
Ethnic Code: AON09b
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Primary Language: Aeka (5,600 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): aez    Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages: 1
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Christianity
Major Religions:
Buddhism0.00 % 
Christianity86.00 %(Evangelical: 15.00 %)
Ethnic Religions14.00 % 
Hinduism0.00 % 
Islam0.00 % 
Non-Religious0.00 % 
Other / Small0.00 % 
Unknown0.00 % 
Christianity Segments:
Anglican0.00 %
Independent0.00 %
Protestant0.00 %
Orthodox0.00 %
Other Christian0.00 %
Roman Catholic0.00 %
(Evangelicals distributed across Christianity segments)
Progress Indicators [5]
Progress Scale[6]   Evangelicals have a significant presence.
Least-Reached: No
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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Aeka in Papua New Guinea

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      Aeka Papua New Guinea    
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