Asaro, Upper Asaro in Papua New Guinea

Joshua Project has identified the Asaro only in Papua New Guinea





Largest Religion

Main Language


Introduction / History

The 30,000 Upper Asaro people live in the Eastern Highlands Province in the Goroka District of Papua New Guinea. Their mother tongue is Dano (Ethnologue code ASO), and many of the people also speak Tok Pisin, one of the national languages of PNG. The Upper Asaro live above the Asaro River Valley at an elevation of 1500-2300 meters (5000-7500 ft) on a mountain slope grassland with scattered trees. Their home is within a few hours' travel of Goroka, a major urban area, and they have easy road access by public transportation into this town.

What Are Their Lives Like?

Marriage partners are chosen from among non-relative Dano speakers or from neighboring language groups. The Upper Asaro are welcoming to those that marry in, speaking Tok Pisin with those that have not learned Dano. They are for the most part subsistence farmers, raising animals and crops with occasional hunting and gathering. Some of the people are wage-earners in Goroka and others raise coffee as a cash crop or produce to sell in the Goroka market.

Weather is cool in the mornings and intensely hot in the afternoons, when the men gather to play cards together and others go to Goroka to sell. They live in houses with roofs thatched from Kunai grass. There are no wells in the area; they access water from springs, streams, and the Asaro River.

What Are Their Beliefs?

They have had a strong Christian influence in the area for over 50 years, and 80-90% of them claim Christianity as their religion. The New Testament was completed in Dano in 1989 and is being used in some of the churches. Portions of the Old Testament have also been translated. Some traditional religion still exists among the older generation.

What Are Their Needs?

Their needs include further strengthening and equipping of church leaders, literacy development, preschools, and community development, such as clean drinking water, better roads and bridges, better nutrition for children (especially 2-4 year old children), and more economic opportunity to pay for schooling and medical care.

Profile Source:   Anonymous  

Expanded PDF Profile

People Name General Asaro
People Name in Country Asaro, Upper Asaro
Population in Papua New Guinea 64,000
World Population 64,000
Countries 1
Progress Scale 3.2
Least-Reached No
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names AsarCampao, Kongi, Upper Asaro
Affinity Bloc Pacific Islanders
People Cluster New Guinea
People Name General Asaro
Ethnic Code AON09b
People ID 10446
Country Papua New Guinea
Region South Pacific
Continent Australia
10/40 Window No
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Location in Country Eastern Highlands Province, Goroka District.   Source:  Ethnologue 2010
Languages & Dialects on file:  1  (up to 20 largest shown)
Dano (64,000)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Dano 64,000
For Primary Language: Dano

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions Yes   (1969-1994)
New Testament Yes   (1989)
Complete Bible No
Resource Format
Audio Bible teaching (GRN) Audio Recordings
Bible: Monoꞌ Godolo Gosohoꞌ Text / Printed Matter
Online Bible text (Scripture Earth) Text / Printed Matter
Scripture text - download Text / Printed Matter
Primary Religion: Christianity
Religion Subdivision: Protestant

Major Religion Percent
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 23.00 %)
99.00 %
Ethnic Religions
1.00 %
0.00 %
0.00 %
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
0.00 %

Christian Segments Percent
0.0 %
25.0 %
0.0 %
Other Christian
0.0 %
50.0 %
Roman Catholic
25.0 %
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Profile Source: Anonymous  
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