Malalamai in Papua New Guinea

Joshua Project has identified the Malalamai only in Papua New Guinea





Largest Religion

Main Language


Introduction / History

Garingei and Garpunei people (pop: 900) live in the villages of Malalamai, Bonga and Yara on the east coast of Madang Province. The villages lie along beautiful white beaches scattered with shells, and it takes only about 45 minutes to walk between the villages with the warm sea lapping at your feet.

What Are Their Lives Like?

The people all speak Malalamai which is an Austronesian language indicating that their ancestors settled on this coast having originally come from Southeast Asia. With outsiders in other language communities, they speak Tok Pisin, a trade language that shares a lot of vocabulary with English. Children also learn to read, write and speak English at the Primary School just outside Bonga.

The people grow food in gardens in the hills inland and also eat plenty of seafood. Typical businesses include collecting seashells to make lime and producing copra and betelnut for sale to trading boats that ply the coast. Some people also travel to Madang town by boat for business.

What Are Their Beliefs?

Most people are Christians although people still fear the traditional magic and sorcery that continues to be practiced in the area. Pastors use the Tok Pisin Bible because there are no scriptures in the Malalamai language. This means that people do not have the opportunity to read the Bible themselves in their own language.

What Are Their Needs?

A workshop is currently being planned to help the community develop an alphabet in their language. At this time, no further work is planned for the Malalamai language.

Prayer Points

* For a hunger to know Jesus more
* That pastors would have wisdom to correctly interpret and teach the Bible to the community
* That the fear of sorcery will be broken
* For workers to help them so that the people can know Jesus from a Bible in their own language

Profile Source:   SIL  

Expanded PDF Profile

People Name General Malalamai
People Name in Country Malalamai
Population in Papua New Guinea 1,000
World Population 1,000
Countries 1
Progress Scale 3.2
Least-Reached No
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names
Affinity Bloc Pacific Islanders
People Cluster New Guinea
People Name General Malalamai
Ethnic Code AON09b
People ID 13433
Country Papua New Guinea
Region South Pacific
Continent Australia
10/40 Window No
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Location in Country Madang Province, Rai coast east and west of Saidor; Malalamai and Bonga villages.   Source:  Ethnologue 2010
Languages & Dialects on file:  1  (up to 20 largest shown)
Malalamai (1,000)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Malalamai 1,000
For Primary Language: Malalamai

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 24.00 %)
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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Map Source: Anonymous  
Profile Source: SIL  
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