Paama in Vanuatu

Joshua Project has identified the Paama only in Vanuatu





Largest Religion

Main Language


Introduction / History

Home for the Paama is Vanuatu, a nation of 80 islands. The land passes through generations as birthright. For substance crops families raise yams, taro and vegetables and harvest coconuts to sell.

Almost all claim Christianity but many believe in harnessing power from created objects and performing rituals or using divination for prosperity and health. In the early 20th century, English and French cotton and coconut plantations dominated the volcanic islands that form Vanuatu. During that period, a Christian worker arrived with his family on the island of Paama. Over time, he shared the Gospel with the Paama people as well as the neighboring islands. One by one, the chiefs put aside violence and sorcery and embraced Christianity. But without the foundation of God's Word in the languages of these populations, fear of sorcery and belief in spirits resurfaced as common practice.

A recent network of churches is working together to complete translation of Scripture in Paama. Church leaders are excited and already plan to produce training materials and discipleship courses. Both print and audio Scripture materials will be produced, making God's Word quickly available to as many people as possible. The finishing touches will be applied to prepare for print and for audio production during this final phase.

Profile Source:   Anonymous  

People Name General Paama
People Name in Country Paama
Population in Vanuatu 9,000
World Population 9,000
Countries 1
Progress Scale 3.2
Least-Reached No
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Pauma
Affinity Bloc Pacific Islanders
People Cluster Vanuatu
People Name General Paama
Ethnic Code AON09c
People ID 14246
Country Vanuatu
Region South Pacific
Continent Oceania
10/40 Window No
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Location in Country Paama, 1 village on east Epi (Lopevi), large group in Vila.   Source:  Ethnologue 2010
Languages & Dialects on file:  1  (up to 20 largest shown)
Paama (9,000)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Paama 9,000
For Primary Language: Paama

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions Yes   (1907-2011)
New Testament Yes   (1944)
Complete Bible No
Resource Format
Audio Bible teaching (GRN) Audio Recordings
Primary Religion: Christianity
Religion Subdivision: Protestant

Major Religion Percent
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 42.00 %)
95.00 %
Ethnic Religions
4.00 %
0.00 %
0.00 %
0.00 %
Other / Small
1.00 %
0.00 %

Christian Segments Percent
30.0 %
0.0 %
0.0 %
Other Christian
0.0 %
70.0 %
Roman Catholic
0.0 %
Map Source: Anonymous  
Profile Source: Anonymous  
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