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Marind, Bian in Indonesia

Marind, Bian

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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
3,700 Marind, Bian Christianity 64.00 % 6.00 % No No   

Marind, Bian in Indonesia

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Introduction / History
The Marind primarily live by hunting (deer and pig), fishing, gardening and raising coconut and sago trees. With their land at an altitude of less than 100 meters above sea level, the Marind, Bian people can best be accessed by boat (especially the Bian River villages). There is also a road to Muting.

Generally the people wear modern clothing. The people eat roasted sago with fish, fruits and vegetables. Rural houses are generally made from tree trunks and leaves. There is a SSB radio in Pahas and PLN electricity in Muting. The people identify themselves as Marind but different from the coastal Marind. The people get their drinking water mostly from rivers or wells, but 1 village uses rainwater. Some villages have clinics and health workers but some do not. Many villages also lack toilet facilities. Malaria and respiratory diseases are some of the more common diseases faced by the people. To improve their economic conditions, the Marind, Bian speakers need markets for the fruit and coffee they grow. The Marind, Bian people have no gospel cassettes, films or videos in their language. "Wati" drink is frequently served at birthday, marriage and adult initiation ceremonies.

The Marind, Bian are sometimes known as the Boven-Mbian, Bian, Northwest Marind, Boven Tor, or Boven Bian people. The people speak Marind, Bian at home and use Indonesian for trade communication.

What are their beliefs?
It is estimated that less than half of the Marind speakers have understood the gospel but there are at least 9 Protestant and 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, Muting subdistrict, Sanayu village; upper Bian river area.
(Source: Ethnologue 2016)
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People Name in Country: Marind, Bian
People Name General: Marind, Bian
Alternate People Names:
BianNorthwest Marind
ROP3 Code: 106338
Joshua Project People ID: 13545
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 3,700
Population all Countries: 3,700
Least-Reached: No
Affinity Bloc: Pacific Islanders
People Cluster: New Guinea
People Name General: Marind, Bian
Ethnic Code: AON10a
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Primary Language: Marind, Bian (3,700 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): bpv    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: 6.00 %)
Ethnic Religions36.00 % 
Hinduism0.00 % 
Islam0.00 % 
Non-Religious0.00 % 
Other / Small0.00 % 
Unknown0.00 % 
Christianity Segments:
Anglican0.00 %
Independent10.00 %
Protestant90.00 %
Orthodox0.00 %
Other Christian0.00 %
Roman Catholic0.00 %
(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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Marind, Bian in Indonesia

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