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Biritai in Indonesia


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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
400 Biritai Christianity 64.00 % 2.00 % No No   

Biritai in Indonesia

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Introduction / History
They are primarily hunters in their homeland on the flat lakes plains. At an altitude of 500 meters above sea level the Biritai people can best be accessed by airplane into the airstrip at Biri. They migrated from what is now the Kaiy language area because of a flood some time ago. The Biritai folks are descendents of the Usai, Kusai, and Matemtai clans. Intermarriage is common among the Welemo, Papasena, Eri, Iri, War and Biritai peoples.

The people eat sago, bananas, and fish. House walls are made from palm bark and poles, while the roofs are thatched. Malaria, elephantitis, and tropical ulcers are common diseases. The Biritai people have no gospel cassettes, film, or videos in their language.

The Biritai are sometimes known as the Ati, Aliki, or Biri people. Some prefer to be called Obogwi-Tai. The Biritai language is part of the East Tarike language family.

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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, Puncakjaya district, Biri village. North of mid-Rouffaer river.
(Source: Ethnologue 2016)
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People Name in Country: Biritai
People Name General: Biritai
ROP3 Code: 101481
Joshua Project People ID: 10871
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 400
Population all Countries: 400
Least-Reached: No
Affinity Bloc: Pacific Islanders
People Cluster: New Guinea
People Name General: Biritai
Ethnic Code: AON10a
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Primary Language: Biritai (400 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): bqq    Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages: 1
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Christianity
Religion Sub-division:Protestant
Major Religions:
Buddhism0.00 % 
Christianity64.00 %(Evangelical: 2.00 %)
Ethnic Religions36.00 % 
Hinduism0.00 % 
Islam0.00 % 
Non-Religious0.00 % 
Other / Small0.00 % 
Unknown0.00 % 
Christianity Segments:
Anglican0.00 %
Independent10.00 %
Protestant75.00 %
Orthodox0.00 %
Other Christian0.00 %
Roman Catholic15.00 %
(Evangelicals distributed across Christianity segments)
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Least-Reached: No
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New Testament: None Reported
Complete Bible: None Reported
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None Reported
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Biritai in Indonesia

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    New Guinea     Asia, Southeast    
      Biritai Indonesia    
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