Fas, Bembi in Papua New Guinea

Joshua Project has identified the Fas, Bembi only in Papua New Guinea





Largest Religion

Main Language


Introduction / History

The Fas language group is located in the foothills of the Bewani Mountains in the Sandaun Province of the Sepik Area of Papua New Guinea. Its population is estimated to be more than 1,600 spread across 17 villages and numerous hamlets. The area is hot and wet with an annual rainfall of about 100 inches. Villages built on ridges receive cool breezes, and nights can be quite cool. The people do little gardening and depend on hunting and sago, which is the main staple. Houses are built on posts and tend to be quite large. Teenage boys group together into their own houses rather than living with the family unit. Various missions have worked amongst the Fas, including the Catholic, Seventh Day Adventist and Christian Missions in Many Lands/Christian Brotherhood Church. However there are still many fears connected with sorcery, and while traditional religious practices are not done openly, old beliefs are still prevalent. A translation team worked with the Fas people from 1977 to 1987 and began work on translating the NT. A good foundation was laid, but who will finish the work?

Profile Source:   Anonymous  

Expanded PDF Profile

People Name General Fas, Bembi
People Name in Country Fas, Bembi
Population in Papua New Guinea 3,300
World Population 3,300
Countries 1
Progress Scale 3.2
Least-Reached No
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Bembi, Fas
Affinity Bloc Pacific Islanders
People Cluster New Guinea
People Name General Fas, Bembi
Ethnic Code AON10b
People ID 10784
Country Papua New Guinea
Region South Pacific
Continent Australia
10/40 Window No
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Location in Country Sandaun Province, Amanab and Aitape districts, Fas, Fugumui, Kilifas, Utai, Wara Mayu villages.   Source:  Ethnologue 2010
Languages & Dialects on file:  1  (up to 20 largest shown)
Fas: Western Fas (3,300)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Fas: Western Fas 3,300
For Primary Language: Fas

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions Yes   (1983)
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 15.00 %)
80.00 %
Ethnic Religions
20.00 %
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  
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