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Pasi in Papua New Guinea

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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
600 Pasi Christianity 100.00 % 27.00 % No No   

Pasi in Papua New Guinea

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Introduction / History
The Pasi people came from an animistic tradition of fear and appeasement of evil spirits, sorcery and witchcraft. There was frequent warfare with neighboring tribes until the Australian government brought the area under its control in the late 1940s. The Roman Catholic Mission sent priests and national workers to visit the Ayi-Pasi area some years later. Today there is a Seventh Day Adventist Church in each of the three Pasi villages. The churches use Pidgin English, the trade language, to teach the Christian message resulting in confusion, lack of understanding and inattention. Many do attend church services faithfully, but it is hard to know how much they understand.

Each village is an entity in itself with occasional disagreements and fights between them, but also intermarriage. The first outside contact made with the Ayi people was sometime after World War II. Their ancestors were probably pushed south from the coast as other tribes came and gained control of more desirable land. They have had a hard life of gardening, hunting and fishing; a lack of medical help and education until recent times has kept their population low.

Economically, the people are subsistence farmers who are self-sufficient in regards to food supplies and housing. They earn some money by selling food crops and wild game at the Nuku market or more local occasional markets.

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Country: Papua New Guinea
Continent: Australia
Region: Australia and Pacific
10/40 Window: No
Location in Country:Sandaun province: southeast corner, Wan Wan division. 3 villages.
(Source: Ethnologue 2016)
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Linguistic Map:Ethnologue language map
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People Name in Country: Pasi
People Name General: Pasi
Alternate People Names:
ROP3 Code: 107911
Joshua Project People ID: 19519
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 600
Population all Countries: 600
Least-Reached: No
Affinity Bloc: Pacific Islanders
People Cluster: New Guinea
People Name General: Pasi
Ethnic Code: AON10b
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
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Primary Language: Pasi (600 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): psq    Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages: 1
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Christianity
Religion Sub-division:Protestant
Major Religions:
Buddhism0.00 % 
Christianity100.00 %(Evangelical: 27.00 %)
Ethnic Religions0.00 % 
Hinduism0.00 % 
Islam0.00 % 
Non-Religious0.00 % 
Other / Small0.00 % 
Unknown0.00 % 
Christianity Segments:
Anglican0.00 %
Independent0.00 %
Protestant100.00 %
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
GSEC Status:Level 5   Greater than or equal to 5% Evangelical
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New Testament: None Reported
Complete Bible: None Reported
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None Reported
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Pasi in Papua New Guinea

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People Cluster
    New Guinea     Australia and Pacific    
      Pasi Papua New Guinea    
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