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Pagi, Bembi in Papua New Guinea

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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
1,800 Pagi Christianity 95.00 % 20.00 % No No   

Pagi, Bembi in Papua New Guinea

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Introduction / History
The Pagi live in the wooded, hilly plains north of the Bewani Mountains, in the northwestern corner of the mainland of Papua New Guinea. Five villages of the western dialect are located forty-five kilometers south of Vanimo within an hour's walk of Bewani Station, the local center of government services. Bewani Station includes an airstrip, a health center and a primary school. The three villages of the eastern dialect are located about twenty-five to thirty kilometers east-northeast of Bewani, in an area mostly covered by dense bush.

The Pagi still rely on traditional foods, subsisting mainly on sago starch, which is strained from the pulp of the sago palm. They also hunt wild pigs with their traditional bows and arrows; however, they have mostly traded their traditional dress for Western type clothing.

Most dwellings are constructed of bush material. Half of the house is normally an open veranda. The walls of the other half, where people sleep, are built only partway up the side with an opening along the top. A house is used for one or two families, sometimes three.

There are very strict rules governing relationships between the clans. Cassette radios are used in most villages. They listen to the news on Radio Sandaun.

The Pagi have a strong presence of both Catholic and Seventh Day Adventist churches in their villages, but they do not have the Bible in their own language. They have asked for a translation. Local pastors/priests are confident that if a good translation was made available to them, then they would use it in their services as well as outside the church.

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Country: Papua New Guinea
Continent: Australia
Region: Australia and Pacific
10/40 Window: No
Location in Country:Sandaun province: Vanimo district, Bewani subdistrict, east and southeast of Kilmeri [kih] language area. 5 villages.
(Source: Ethnologue 2016)
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People Name in Country: Pagi, Bembi
People Name General: Pagi, Bembi
Alternate People Names:
ROP3 Code: 115305
Joshua Project People ID: 19109
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 1,800
Population all Countries: 1,800
Least-Reached: No
Affinity Bloc: Pacific Islanders
People Cluster: New Guinea
People Name General: Pagi, Bembi
Ethnic Code: AON09b
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
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Primary Language: Pagi
Language Code (ISO): pgi    Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages: 1
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Christianity
Religion Sub-division:Roman Catholic
Major Religions:
Buddhism0.00 % 
Christianity95.00 %(Evangelical: 20.00 %)
Ethnic Religions5.00 % 
Hinduism0.00 % 
Islam0.00 % 
Non-Religious0.00 % 
Other / Small0.00 % 
Unknown0.00 % 
Christianity Segments:
Anglican0.00 %
Independent0.00 %
Protestant45.00 %
Orthodox0.00 %
Other Christian0.00 %
Roman Catholic55.00 %
(Evangelicals distributed across Christianity segments)
Progress Indicators [5]
Progress Scale[6]   Evangelicals have a significant presence.
Least-Reached: No
GSEC Status:Level 5   Greater than or equal to 5% Evangelical
Bible Translation Status
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New Testament: None Reported
Complete Bible: None Reported
Ministry Resources [7]
None Reported
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