Areare in Solomon Islands

Joshua Project has identified the Areare only in Solomon Islands





Largest Religion

Main Language


Introduction / History

The 'Are'are people are Melanesian living on the island of Malaita in the Pacific Ocean. Their island is the most populous of the 900 Solomon Islands. It is very lush and beautiful with over 100 inches of rain each year.

What Are Their Lives Like?

They have very little money but live off their farming of taro, yams, sweet potatoes and some greens. In addition, they gather coconuts and look to the forest for firewood. They eat fish, when available, chickens, ducks, and some pig at festival times. They sometimes bring the young wild pigs into their homes to be tamed. For recreation they play soccer.

What Are Their Beliefs?

Before Christianity they traditionally believed in ancestor worship and spiritual rituals to appease the gods. Christianity came to the island three or four decades ago. At the present time 80% of the people would call themselves Christians but the majority are syncretistic or neo-pagan.

What Are Their Needs?

There are some books in English. The scripture have not been translated into their language. However, they are open and receptive to Christianity and definitely need the scriptures. As of this date there is no plan to assign a new team to the 'Are'are people.

Profile Source:   Anonymous  

People Name General Areare
People Name in Country Areare
Population in Solomon Islands 27,000
World Population 27,000
Countries 1
Progress Scale 3.2
Least-Reached No
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names
Affinity Bloc Pacific Islanders
People Cluster Solomons
People Name General Areare
Ethnic Code AON09d
People ID 10417
Country Solomon Islands
Region South Pacific
Continent Oceania
10/40 Window No
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Location in Country South Malaita Island.   Source:  Ethnologue 2010

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Enthologue Language Map

Languages & Dialects on file:  1  (up to 20 largest shown)
Areare (27,000)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Areare 27,000
For Primary Language: Areare

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions Yes   (1957-2008)
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 32.00 %)
97.00 %
Ethnic Religions
1.00 %
0.00 %
0.00 %
0.00 %
Other / Small
2.00 %
0.00 %

Christian Segments Percent
30.0 %
0.0 %
0.0 %
Other Christian
0.0 %
40.0 %
Roman Catholic
30.0 %
Profile Source: Anonymous  
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