Baibai in Papua New Guinea

Joshua Project has identified the Baibai only in Papua New Guinea





Largest Religion

Main Language


Introduction / History

Deep in the sago swamps of the Sandaun Province in northwest Papua New Guinea, the Momu Baibai people live in three small villages. They are isolated from the outside world by a two day hike over mountains, across log bridges and through swampland from the nearest government station at Amanab. In spite of their isolation, however, this small group has been strongly influenced by some aspects of Western culture. Most of the people dress in Western-style clothing and use many Western tools and implements in place of their traditional counterparts, like metal dishes in place of wooden or clay ones and manufactured axes in place of stone axes. Though the people no longer know how to make these and other traditional items, they continue to make their homes from bush materials, to carve some traditional drums and flutes, to weave baskets from palm fronds and to make string bags from tree bark.

Fear of sorcery permeates the lives of these people. Though they claim to have discontinued the practice themselves, deaths are attributed to magic, shooting stars are thought to be an evil spirit coming to earth, and crocodiles are thought to be the instrument of death, or in some cases, the embodiment of the sanguman or sorcerer himself. A local pastor asked one of the surveyors, "Is the resurrection for everyone or just for whiteskins?" Church services where the Scriptures are read and praise songs sung in Tok Pisin also do little to reach the women and children who speak only a few words of this trade language. The hunger for God's Word, however, is evident. In each village, churches made from simple bush materials are packed with the people of Momu Baibai who repeatedly told the survey team, "We need God's Word in our language so that we can understand it."

Profile Source:   Anonymous  

Expanded PDF Profile

People Name General Baibai
People Name in Country Baibai
Population in Papua New Guinea 500
World Population 500
Countries 1
Progress Scale 3.1
Least-Reached No
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names
Affinity Bloc Pacific Islanders
People Cluster New Guinea
People Name General Baibai
Ethnic Code AON09b
People ID 10575
Country Papua New Guinea
Region South Pacific
Continent Australia
10/40 Window No
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Location in Country Sandaun Province, Amanab District.   Source:  Ethnologue 2010
Languages & Dialects on file:  1  (up to 20 largest shown)
Baibai (500)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Baibai 500
For Primary Language: Baibai

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions No
New Testament No
Complete Bible No
Resource Format
Audio Bible teaching (GRN) Audio Recordings
Primary Religion: Ethnic Religions

Major Religion Percent
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 5.00 %)
30.00 %
Ethnic Religions
70.00 %
0.00 %
0.00 %
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
0.00 %

Christian Segments Percent
0.0 %
20.0 %
0.0 %
Other Christian
0.0 %
60.0 %
Roman Catholic
20.0 %
Map Source: Anonymous  
Profile Source: Anonymous  
Data Sources: Data is compiled from various sources. Read more

Copyright © 2015 Joshua Project.  A ministry of Frontier Ventures.