Keuru in Papua New Guinea

Joshua Project has identified the Keuru only in Papua New Guinea





Largest Religion

Main Language


Introduction / History

The Keoru-Ahia people live in Gulf Province. Part of the language area is along the coast and a little inland. The other part is along the banks of the Vailala River. It is only possible to reach the upriver villages by boat, and in a motorized dinghy it takes about a day to get from there to the coast and then a further day to walk along the coast to get to Kerema, the provincial capital. Canoes are an important form of transport for the upriver people. The coastal people also have canoes, which they use to go fishing in the sea.

There are three dialects of Keoru-Ahia. The coastal people and those living a little inland speak the Keoru dialect. One village speaks a dialect called Pairi. The villages upriver speak the Ahia dialect.

Sago is an important staple food, and is cooked in a variety of different ways. It is sometimes mixed with fish, prawns or coconut and cooked inside bamboo. It is also made as a sort of soup or fried like a pancake.

What Are Their Beliefs?

Currently there are Catholic and SDA churches in the Keoru-Ahia area. Most people in the area would claim to be a Christian, but many still believe in their traditional religion. Magic and sorcery are practiced in the area.

The Keoru-Ahia people do not have God's Word in their own mother tongue. A significant number of people cannot understand scripture in any language but their own. The Keoru-Ahia people are proud of their language. One person described it as being 'sweet like honey'.

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Expanded PDF Profile

People Name General Keuru
People Name in Country Keuru
Population in Papua New Guinea 8,800
World Population 8,800
Countries 1
Progress Scale 3.2
Least-Reached No
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Belepa, Keuro
Affinity Bloc Pacific Islanders
People Cluster New Guinea
People Name General Keuru
Ethnic Code AON09b
People ID 12643
Country Papua New Guinea
Region South Pacific
Continent Australia
10/40 Window No
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Location in Country Gulf Province, west of Kerema, Purari River mouth east to Bairu River.   Source:  Ethnologue 2010
Languages & Dialects on file:  1  (up to 20 largest shown)
Keoru-Ahia (8,800)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Keoru-Ahia 8,800
For Primary Language: Keoru-Ahia

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions No
New Testament No
Complete Bible No
Resource Format
None reported  
Primary Religion: Christianity
Religion Subdivision: Protestant

Major Religion Percent
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 21.00 %)
95.00 %
Ethnic Religions
5.00 %
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 %
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