Jimajima, Dima in Papua New Guinea

The Jimajima have only been reported in Papua New Guinea
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Introduction / History

The Dima language is spoken in a remote part of Milne Bay Province. The Dima area is coastal and low-lying grass-land, much of which becomes swampy during the rainy season. The coast is hedged in with mangroves. Inland there is a plain of grass-covered hills containing many swampy areas filled with various trees and palms. The area is fairly isolated, it takes three days motorized boat travel to reach Alotau (the provincial capital). Some Dima people said they are "at the end of the world."

Most Dima people are subsistence farmers, they may also sell goods at local markets. The Dima have a reputation as providers of meat, especially bandicoot and wallaby. There is a tradition of competitive feasting between Dima clans and with some neighboring language groups, in which each village attempts to provide the pig with the largest girth. This may be less common now as people try to avoid becoming indebted to other villages.

Papua New Guinea enjoys freedom of religion. The Dima people have been exposed to Christian teaching for many years, since they live in an area with a number of Anglican churches. 90% of the Dima people would call themselves Christian, but only about 5% have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. Services are usually conducted in English or Tok Pisin, languages they may not understand. There are six pastors and two missionaries working among the Dima people.


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Profile Source:   Anonymous  

People Name General Jimajima
People Name in Country Jimajima, Dima
World Population 1,200
Total Countries 1
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 4
Unreached No
Frontier People Group No
GSEC 6  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Pioneer Workers Needed
Alternate Names Dima
People ID 12357
ROP3 Code 104270
Country Papua New Guinea
Region Australia and Pacific
Continent Australia
10/40 Window No
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Location in Country Milne Bay province: east of Moi bay coast almost to Posaposa Harbor; Ruaba river area.   Source:  Ethnologue 2016
Country Papua New Guinea
Region Australia and Pacific
Continent Australia
10/40 Window No
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Location in Country Milne Bay province: east of Moi bay coast almost to Posaposa Harbor; Ruaba river area..   Source:  Ethnologue 2016

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Ethnologue Language Map

Primary Language Dima (1,200 speakers)
Language Code jma   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Unknown
Total Languages 1
Primary Language Dima (1,200 speakers)
Language Code jma   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Dima

Primary Language:  Dima

Bible Translation Status:  Translation Needed

Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (GRN)
Primary Religion: Christianity
Religion Subdivision: Anglican
Major Religion Percent
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 8.00 %)
95.00 %
Ethnic Religions
5.00 %
Hinduism
0.00 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
Christian Segments Percent
Anglican
90.0 %
Independent
0.0 %
Orthodox
0.0 %
Other Christian
0.0 %
Protestant
10.0 %
Roman Catholic
0.0 %
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