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Marind, Southeast Marind in Indonesia

Marind, Southeast Marind

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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
11,000 Marind Christianity 65.00 % 4.00 % No No   

Marind, Southeast Marind in Indonesia

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Introduction / History
The Marind primarily live by hunting (and selling game), gardening, and gathering food; as well as logging in this large southern swampy land. With their land at an altitude of less than 100 meters above sea level, the Marind people can best be accessed by boat. There are some asphalt roads and a number of non-paved roads are good to travel on in the dry season.

The "Samb-anim" ritual is for young people who have been initiated into the traditional knowledge and customs. There are a number of other spiritual ceremonies as well. Legend says the Marind people descended from Geb and Sami and came from Africa on a boat or giant raft.

There are a number of junior high schools and high schools in the language area (particularly in Merauke).

The people eat sago, fish, bananas, jambu, coconut, and meat among other foods. They enjoy carving, and sometimes paint cloth or even their own body. Some Marind have boat motors; and many have knives, axes, shovels, rifles, and tableware. A few Marind people own motorcycles also. Horses, while rare in other parts of Papua are used in the Okaba district (east of Merauke). Remote village homes are often 1 room affairs, stilted or dirt floors, and a leaf roof. There are some roads in the area; PLN regular electricity is in Merauke and evening electric in Okaba. There are some SSB radios but no telephones outside the main city. Lack of good nutrition is common, as is malaria, skin diseases, leprosy, and typhoid. Many villages have a medical worker. Besides the Catholic Church, there are Reformed churches in the language area.

The Marind are sometimes known as the Southeast Marind, Tugeri, Holifoersch, or Gawir people. Atih, Kumbe, Mbian are Marind dialects spoken in the area. Within the family, Marind is regularly used. Both Marind and Indonesian are used among friends.

What are their beliefs?
It is estimated that less than half of the Marind speakers have understood the gospel but there are several Protestant 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, Merauke regency. South coast area; north and west of Merauke city; also, enclave at southernmost extreme of province.
(Source: Ethnologue 2016)
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People Name in Country: Marind, Southeast Marind
People Name General: Marind, Southeast Marind
Alternate People Names:
GawirSoutheast Marind
ROP3 Code: 106337
Joshua Project People ID: 13544
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 11,000
Population all Countries: 11,000
Least-Reached: No
Affinity Bloc: Pacific Islanders
People Cluster: New Guinea
People Name General: Marind, Southeast Marind
Ethnic Code: AON10a
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
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Primary Language: Marind (11,000 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): mrz    Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages: 1
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Christianity
Religion Sub-division:Protestant
Major Religions:
Buddhism0.00 % 
Christianity65.00 %(Evangelical: 4.00 %)
Ethnic Religions35.00 % 
Hinduism0.00 % 
Islam0.00 % 
Non-Religious0.00 % 
Other / Small0.00 % 
Unknown0.00 % 
Christianity Segments:
Anglican0.00 %
Independent15.00 %
Protestant70.00 %
Orthodox0.00 %
Other Christian0.00 %
Roman Catholic15.00 %
(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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Bible Portions: Yes
New Testament: None Reported
Complete Bible: None Reported
Possible Bible Sources: Forum of Bible Agencies
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Marind, Southeast Marind in Indonesia

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