Domung in Papua New Guinea

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People Name: Domung
Country: Papua New Guinea
10/40 Window: No
Population: 5,600
World Population: 5,600
Primary Language: Domung
Primary Religion: Christianity
Christian Adherents: 95.00 %
Evangelicals: 26.00 %
Scripture: Translation Started
Online Audio NT: No
Jesus Film: No
Audio Recordings: No
People Cluster: New Guinea
Affinity Bloc: Pacific Islanders
Progress Level:

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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