Aighon in Papua New Guinea

Joshua Project has identified the Aighon only in Papua New Guinea





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Introduction / History

The Aighon people live in West New Britain Province on New Britain Island. Their villages are widely scattered among tropical forests, streams, and mountains. Alternately known as the Bao and Apsokok, the Aighon language is part of the Pasismanua group. Traditionally, the Aighon people were semi-nomadic. Living in isolated small groups, they moved every few months for fear of sorcery. A group might consist of three brothers with their wives, children, and parents. Although some Aighon speakers still live this way, most of them now live in permanent villages. Each village has several clans, with a chief for each clan. There is an overall chief for every village, but none over the whole language group.

Every wife has a house where she lives with her children. Her husband may sleep in that house, or in the men's house along with other men and adolescent boys. Most houses are raised on posts with strips of black palm for flooring. Roofs are thatched with leafy vines or sago palm, and walls are made from bamboo or planks. The Aighon people live by raising pigs, gardening, hunting, and fishing. Some sell their garden produce at markets and some work at harvesting oil palm fruit on plantations.

To a certain degree, customs related to death, gardening, hunting, and courtship still remain. The traditional singsing, which involved dancing, singing, and drums, served a spiritual function. The singsing has often been adapted for church celebrations, or for performances in cultural shows. Other celebrations take place during bride price exchanges, funerals, Christmas, Easter, and New Year.

The Aighon people need airstrip improvements and a road through their area. The Christian leaders hope to reach the unevangelized members of their group.

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People Name General Aighon
People Name in Country Aighon
Population in Papua New Guinea 2,700
World Population 2,700
Countries 1
Progress Scale 3.2
Least-Reached No
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Aigon, Psokok, Sokhok
Affinity Bloc Pacific Islanders
People Cluster New Guinea
People Name General Aighon
Ethnic Code AON09b
People ID 10668
Country Papua New Guinea
Region South Pacific
Continent Australia
10/40 Window No
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Location in Country West New Britain Province, Gasmata and Mosa Rural LLGs, Akolet and Avau inland, between Avio and Amgen rivers, to north side of Whiteman Range.   Source:  Ethnologue 2010
Languages & Dialects on file:  1  (up to 20 largest shown)
Aighon (2,700)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Aighon 2,700
For Primary Language: Aighon

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Translation Need Questionable
Resource Format
Audio Bible teaching (GRN) Audio Recordings
Primary Religion: Christianity
Religion Subdivision: Roman Catholic

Major Religion Percent
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 21.00 %)
100.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
0.00 %
0.00 %
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
0.00 %

Christian Segments Percent
40.0 %
0.0 %
0.0 %
Other Christian
0.0 %
0.0 %
Roman Catholic
60.0 %
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