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Domung in Papua New Guinea


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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
4,800 Domung Christianity 95.00 % 26.00 % No No   

Domung in Papua New Guinea

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Introduction / History
Domung speakers live in the mountains of the Rai Coast district in Madang Province.

They are swidden agriculturalists, producing mainly taro, but also sweet potato and cooking bananas. Fruit and vegetables are abundant. The people also keep chickens and pigs.

The people live in houses built on stilts, thatched with bamboo leaves. The main rooms have a fire pit in the middle. The nights are cold and people sleep next to the fire to stay warm.

What are their beliefs?
The gospel was first brought to the area by the Lutherans in the 1930s and now each village has its own church congregation. Most people would call themselves Christians, although nominal Christianity is fairly widespread and there is much fear of sorcery. Many people in one village are part of a cargo cult (the belief that certain religious activities will bring material wealth), and are somewhat resistant to the gospel.

What are their needs?
A number of people in Domung have an interest in receiving God's word in their heart language. One person said there is a big hunger for this in Domung. Another person said "If we had God's word in our own language everyone would understand it".

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Country: Papua New Guinea
Continent: Australia
Region: Australia and Pacific
10/40 Window: No
Location in Country:Madang province: Rai Coast district, Aunon, Ayengket, Bobongat, Dirit, Gabutamon, Kian, Kosit, Maramung, Maum, Sibgou, Swantan, Tapen, and Wokopop villages.
(Source: Ethnologue 2016)
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People Name in Country: Domung
People Name General: Domung
ROP3 Code: 102697
Joshua Project People ID: 11603
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 4,800
Population all Countries: 4,800
Least-Reached: No
Affinity Bloc: Pacific Islanders
People Cluster: New Guinea
People Name General: Domung
Ethnic Code: AON09b
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Primary Language: Domung (4,800 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): dev    Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages: 1
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Christianity
Religion Sub-division:Protestant
Major Religions:
Buddhism0.00 % 
Christianity95.00 %(Evangelical: 26.00 %)
Ethnic Religions5.00 % 
Hinduism0.00 % 
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 6   Greater than or equal to 10% Evangelical
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New Testament: None Reported
Complete Bible: None Reported
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None Reported
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Domung in Papua New Guinea

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      Domung Papua New Guinea    
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