Agob, Upiala-Bituri in Papua New Guinea

Joshua Project has identified the Agob only in Papua New Guinea





Largest Religion

Main Language


Introduction / History

The Agob are a small people group (population 1,440), located by the Pahoturi River in Papua New Guinea's Western Province. This language group includes 13 villages that are mostly areas of savannah or lowland forest with hot, humid climates. The rainfall in the area is approximately 1,500mm per year, which is low compared to most of Papua New Guinea.

As gardeners and hunter-gatherers, the Agob make their income off the vegetables and meat that they sell at market. However, they also have a rubber plantation and make various handcrafts, such as baskets, fishnets, spears, and arrows. They live in traditional style houses and make most of their crafts out of traditional materials as well. Their diet consists mainly of taro root and sago, but they also eat deer, wallaby, fish, and cassowary.

Traditional art forms are still practiced, such as sing-sings, and storytelling. Bride prices and sister exchanges are made for marriages. Magic is still practiced for healing, rain, wind, and crop fertility.

They continue to speak the Agob language with the younger generation. Several times Agob individuals have requested assistance with language development.

Belief in Christianity is widespread in the area and many Agob people are involved in local churches. Although some of the Agog are strong Christians, the majority are Christian in name only. Besides the Seventh Day Adventists and the United Church of Papua New Guinea, other churches among the Abog are the Christian Life Centre and the New Apostolic Church. Some have repeatedly requested translation agencies assistance with Scripture translation.

Profile Source:   Anonymous  

Expanded PDF Profile

People Name General Agob
People Name in Country Agob, Upiala-Bituri
Population in Papua New Guinea 3,600
World Population 3,600
Countries 1
Progress Scale 3.2
Least-Reached No
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Dabu, Upiala-Bituri
Affinity Bloc Pacific Islanders
People Cluster New Guinea
People Name General Agob
Ethnic Code AON09b
People ID 10178
Country Papua New Guinea
Region South Pacific
Continent Australia
10/40 Window No
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Location in Country Western Province, Pahoturi River area, and south coast.   Source:  Ethnologue 2010
Languages & Dialects on file:  1  (up to 20 largest shown)
Agob: Kawam (3,600)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Agob: Kawam 3,600
For Primary Language: Agob

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions Yes   (2010)
New Testament No
Complete Bible No
Resource Format
Audio Bible teaching (GRN) Audio Recordings
Primary Religion: Christianity
Religion Subdivision: Protestant

Major Religion Percent
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 22.00 %)
100.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
0.00 %
0.00 %
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
0.00 %

Christian Segments Percent
0.0 %
30.0 %
0.0 %
Other Christian
0.0 %
70.0 %
Roman Catholic
0.0 %
Map Source: Anonymous  
Profile Source: Anonymous  
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