Jimajima, Dima in Papua New Guinea

Joshua Project has identified the Jimajima only in Papua New Guinea





Largest Religion

Main Language


Introduction / History

The Dima language is spoken by about 1,000 people in a remote part of Milne Bay Province. The Dima area is coastal and low-lying grass-land, much of which becomes swampy during the rainy season. The coast is hedged in with mangroves. Inland there is a plain of grass-covered hills containing many swampy areas filled with various trees and palms. The area is fairly isolated, it takes three days motorized boat travel to reach Alotau (the provincial capital). Some Dima people said they are "at the end of the world."

Most Dima people are subsistence farmers, they may also sell goods at local markets. The Dima have a reputation as providers of meat, especially bandicoot and wallaby. There is a tradition of competitive feasting between Dima clans and with some neighboring language groups, in which each village attempts to provide the pig with the largest girth. This may be less common now as people try to avoid becoming indebted to other villages.

Papua New Guinea enjoys freedom of religion. The Dima people have been exposed to Christian teaching for many years, since they live in an area with a number of Anglican churches. 90% of the Dima people would call themselves Christian, but only about 5% have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. Services are usually conducted in English or Tok Pisin, languages they may not understand. There are six pastors and two missionaries working among the Dima people.

Profile Source:   Anonymous  

People Name General Jimajima
People Name in Country Jimajima, Dima
Population in Papua New Guinea 1,100
World Population 1,100
Countries 1
Progress Scale 3.2
Least-Reached No
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Dima
Affinity Bloc Pacific Islanders
People Cluster New Guinea
People Name General Jimajima
Ethnic Code AON09b
People ID 12357
Country Papua New Guinea
Region South Pacific
Continent Australia
10/40 Window No
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Location in Country Milne Bay Province, east of Moi Bay coast area almost to Posaposa Harbor, and Ruaba River area.   Source:  Ethnologue 2010

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Enthologue Language Map

Languages & Dialects on file:  1  (up to 20 largest shown)
Dima (1,100)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Dima 1,100
For Primary Language: Dima

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: Anglican

Major Religion Percent
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 29.00 %)
95.00 %
Ethnic Religions
5.00 %
0.00 %
0.00 %
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
0.00 %

Christian Segments Percent
90.0 %
0.0 %
0.0 %
Other Christian
0.0 %
10.0 %
Roman Catholic
0.0 %
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Profile Source: Anonymous  
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