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Tapei in Papua New Guinea


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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
400 Tapei Ethnic Religions 20.00 % 2.00 % No No   

Tapei in Papua New Guinea

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Introduction / History
The Tapei language, also called Mem, is spoken by people who live along the Arafundi River in the East Sepik Province of Papua New Guinea. There are only two villages where Tapei is spoken — Awim and Imboin.

The people's staple food is sago, a starchy food made from the processed trunk of the sago palm. They also eat some garden produce, such as bananas and greens.

The Catholic Church began working in the Tapei area in the mid 1970s. Most people in this language group would call themselves Christians, although in fact many are only nominal Believers.

The whole Bible is available in Tok Pisin, Papua New Guinea's national and major trade languages. This is the language most commonly used in church, but the vernacular is also used to some extent. Many people (especially women and children) have limited proficiency in Tok Pisin.

Cross-cultural missionaries are needed to assist in Bible translation. An oral approach (such as recordings or Bible storytelling) could be helpful in this area.

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Country: Papua New Guinea
Continent: Australia
Region: Australia and Pacific
10/40 Window: No
Location in Country:East Sepik province: Karawari rural district, Awim and Imboin villages, Arafundi river area.
(Source: Ethnologue 2016)
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Linguistic Map:Ethnologue language map
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People Name in Country: Tapei
People Name General: Tapei
ROP3 Code: 115309
Joshua Project People ID: 19795
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 400
Population all Countries: 400
Least-Reached: No
Affinity Bloc: Pacific Islanders
People Cluster: New Guinea
People Name General: Tapei
Ethnic Code: AON09b
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
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Primary Language: Tapei (400 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): afp    Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages: 1
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Ethnic Religions
Major Religions:
Buddhism0.00 % 
Christianity20.00 %(Evangelical: 2.00 %)
Ethnic Religions80.00 % 
Hinduism0.00 % 
Islam0.00 % 
Non-Religious0.00 % 
Other / Small0.00 % 
Unknown0.00 % 
Christianity Segments:
Anglican0.00 %
Independent0.00 %
Protestant70.00 %
Orthodox0.00 %
Other Christian0.00 %
Roman Catholic30.00 %
(Evangelicals distributed across Christianity segments)
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Progress Scale[6]   Evangelicals have only a very small representation among all who claim to be Christians.
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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None Reported
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Tapei in Papua New Guinea

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      Tapei Papua New Guinea    
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