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Bongu in Papua New Guinea

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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
1,400 Bongu Christianity 74.00 % 22.00 % No No   

Bongu in Papua New Guinea

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Introduction / History
Bongu is a language group and village name that is one of hundreds in the Papua New Guinea half of the South Pacific island north of Australia. Papua New Guinea gained independence from Australia in 1975 and is a Commonwealth nation.

Where are they located?
Bongu hugs the coast at the southern part of Astrolabe Bay, Madang Province. From Madang, the provincial capitol, it is about 10 km by boat or 18 km miles by seasonal road.

What are their lives like?
As coastal villagers, fishing via dugout canoes with outriggers day or night. Families tend their gardens daily for staple crops like cassava, sweet potato, taro, and sago flour. Green vegetables and chiles are grown. Gathered are papayas, coconuts, and various leaves. local chickens and pigs run free. Some wealthier farmers have cattle and fish ponds. Infrequent trips to the Madang market can yield livestock and a greater variety of vegetables. Social gatherings will be facilitated by betel nut and the obligatory spitting of red juice.

Bongu is notable for being the focus of Russian ethnographer Nicolai Miklouho-Maclay in the 1870's.

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Country: Papua New Guinea
Continent: Australia
Region: Australia and Pacific
10/40 Window: No
Location in Country:Madang province: Astrolabe bay, Rai coast.
(Source: Ethnologue 2016)
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Linguistic Map:Ethnologue language map
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People Name in Country: Bongu
People Name General: Bongu
ROP3 Code: 101602
Joshua Project People ID: 10941
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 1,400
Population all Countries: 1,400
Least-Reached: No
Affinity Bloc: Pacific Islanders
People Cluster: New Guinea
People Name General: Bongu
Ethnic Code: AON09b
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Primary Language: Bongu (1,400 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): bpu    Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages: 1
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Christianity
Religion Sub-division:Protestant
Major Religions:
Buddhism0.00 % 
Christianity74.00 %(Evangelical: 22.00 %)
Ethnic Religions16.00 % 
Hinduism10.00 % 
Islam0.00 % 
Non-Religious0.00 % 
Other / Small0.00 % 
Unknown0.00 % 
Christianity Segments:
Anglican0.00 %
Independent0.00 %
Protestant90.00 %
Orthodox0.00 %
Other Christian0.00 %
Roman Catholic10.00 %
(Evangelicals distributed across Christianity segments)
Progress Indicators [5]
Progress Scale[6]   Evangelicals have a significant presence.
Least-Reached: No
GSEC Status:Level 5   Greater than or equal to 5% Evangelical
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New Testament: None Reported
Complete Bible: None Reported
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Bongu in Papua New Guinea

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    New Guinea     Australia and Pacific    
      Bongu Papua New Guinea    
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