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Asmat, Casuarina Coast in Indonesia

Asmat, Casuarina Coast

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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
13,000 Asmat, Casuarina Coast Christianity 60.00 % 4.00 % No No   

Asmat, Casuarina Coast in Indonesia

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Introduction / History
By occupation they are primarily farmers, fishermen, hunters, loggers and wood-carvers. They also search for and gather aloe (resin) in the coastal swamps. With their land at an altitude of less than 100 meters above sea level the Asmat, Casuarina Coast people can best be accessed by boat. The nearest airstrip is in Kamur which is serviced intermittently by Merpati.

The Asmat, Casuarina Coast speakers are sometimes known as the Kaweinag people. With their own family the Asmats use the Asmat, Casuarina Coast language and they use both the Indonesian and Asmat, Casuarina Coast languages with their friends.

What are their lives like?
The clothing people wear is generally modern but in some villages the children don't wear any clothes. The people eat sago, fish, bananas and other fruit, as well as hunt animals. The Asmat, Casuarina Coast people have tools like machetes, steel axes, bow and arrows, and shovels. Some houses are built on stilts with leaf roofs, sago branch floor, and sago stem walls. If salty sea water floods inland (as it often does) the Asmats depend on the sometimes scarce rain for drinking. They sometimes boil the water they get from their wells or the river. Malaria, diarrhea, respiratory and skin infections are common. The Asmats would like money for education, boat and generator motors. The Asmat, Casuarina Coast people have no gospel cassettes, film or videos in their language.

What are their beliefs?
It is estimated that less than half of the Asmat, Casuarina Coast speakers have understood the gospel but there are three Bible fellowship churches and a number of Catholic churches in the area.

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Country: Indonesia
Continent: Asia
Region: Asia, Southeast
Persecution Rank:49 (Only top 50 ranked, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
10/40 Window: Yes
Location in Country:Papua Province, Mappi regency, Pantai Kasuari and Edera subdistricts. Casuarina Coast from Ewta river north, to Kuti river south, and inland.
(Source: Ethnologue 2016)
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People Name in Country: Asmat, Casuarina Coast
People Name General: Asmat, Casuarina Coast
Alternate People Names:
Asmat CasuarinaCasuarina Coast Asmat
ROP3 Code: 100562
Joshua Project People ID: 10457
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 13,000
Population all Countries: 13,000
Least-Reached: No
Affinity Bloc: Pacific Islanders
People Cluster: New Guinea
People Name General: Asmat, Casuarina Coast
Ethnic Code: AON10a
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Primary Language: Asmat, Casuarina Coast (13,000 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): asc    Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages: 1
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Christianity
Religion Sub-division:Roman Catholic
Major Religions:
Buddhism0.00 % 
Christianity60.00 %(Evangelical: 4.00 %)
Ethnic Religions40.00 % 
Hinduism0.00 % 
Islam0.00 % 
Non-Religious0.00 % 
Other / Small0.00 % 
Unknown0.00 % 
Christianity Segments:
Anglican0.00 %
Independent30.00 %
Protestant0.00 %
Orthodox0.00 %
Other Christian0.00 %
Roman Catholic70.00 %
(Evangelicals distributed across Christianity segments)
Progress Indicators [5]
Progress Scale[6]   Evangelicals have a modest presence.
Least-Reached: No
GSEC Status:Level 6   Greater than or equal to 10% Evangelical
Bible Translation Status
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New Testament: None Reported
Complete Bible: None Reported
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