Diodio, Lauiaula in Papua New Guinea

Joshua Project has identified the Diodio only in Papua New Guinea





Largest Religion

Main Language


Introduction / History

The Molata, Giwau, and Miyalabi (the people who speak Diodio) are located in the western part of Goodenough Island in Milne Bay province. The Molata are concentrated in two districts: Awale and Diodio, making up a total of 80 sq. km in the southwest plain of the island. The Giwau and Miyalabi peoples are located in two districts: Utalo and Yauyaula, on the mountain range on the west of the island, north of the Molata area.

The inhabitants of these communities are primarily subsistence farmers, growing taro, yam, sweet potatoes, sago, and fruits such as coconuts, bananas, pineapples, and papaya. They also raise chickens and those by the coast fish. Some of the produce from their gardens is sold in the market in the village of Uwauwefo. Other produce is sold in Alotau (the provincial capital), a city that is 16 hours away by boat. They also travel to Alotau to buy products.

The majority of the Molata, Giwau and Miyalabi call themselves Christians and attend church. However, many continue practicing magic for success in their gardens and for hunting. Only the leaders and some of the educated people are able to read the Bible in English or in Dobu (the language of the church in the area).

After meeting with his whole village, one leader from the district asked the translation survey team with interest, "After all these questions, do you all believe that we will be accepted, that we will be able to have someone that could help us translate the Bible into our language?"

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People Name General Diodio
People Name in Country Diodio, Lauiaula
Population in Papua New Guinea 3,200
World Population 3,200
Countries 1
Progress Scale 3.2
Least-Reached No
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Iauiaula, Molata
Affinity Bloc Pacific Islanders
People Cluster New Guinea
People Name General Diodio
Ethnic Code AON09b
People ID 11567
Country Papua New Guinea
Region South Pacific
Continent Australia
10/40 Window No
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Location in Country Milne Bay Province, Goodenough Island west coast.   Source:  Ethnologue 2010
Languages & Dialects on file:  1  (up to 20 largest shown)
Goodenough, West
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Goodenough, West
For Primary Language: Goodenough, West

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions No
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 21.00 %)
90.00 %
Ethnic Religions
10.00 %
0.00 %
0.00 %
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
0.00 %

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