Ayi in Papua New Guinea

Joshua Project has identified the Ayi only in Papua New Guinea





Largest Religion

Main Language


Introduction / History

This group is located just west of the Yawu dialect of the Yessan-Mayo. The Ayi people live in 3 villages deep in the rain forest of Papua New Guinea about half way between the Sepik River and the government post of Nuku in the Sandaun Province, about 4 degrees south of the Equator. They are quite isolated with no roads in the area. It is a 12-hour walk to Nuku and a 2-hour walk to an airstrip in a neighboring language group.

Each village is an entity in itself with occasional disagreements and fights between them, but also intermarriage. The first outside contact made with the Ayi people was sometime after World War II. Their ancestors were probably pushed south from the coast as other tribes came and gained control of more desirable land. They have had a hard life of gardening, hunting and fishing; a lack of medical help and education until recent times has kept their population low. The Ayi people came from an animistic tradition. They have been requesting God's Word to be written in their language since 1996.

Profile Source:   Anonymous  

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People Name General Ayi
People Name in Country Ayi
Population in Papua New Guinea 600
World Population 600
Countries 1
Progress Scale 3.2
Least-Reached No
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Besi, Warasai
Affinity Bloc Pacific Islanders
People Cluster New Guinea
People Name General Ayi
Ethnic Code AON09b
People ID 14328
Country Papua New Guinea
Region South Pacific
Continent Australia
10/40 Window No
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Location in Country Southeast corner of Sandaun Province, Wan Wan Division. 3 villages.   Source:  Ethnologue 2010
Languages & Dialects on file:  1  (up to 20 largest shown)
Ayi (600)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Ayi 600
For Primary Language: Ayi

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 25.00 %)
100.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
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 %
90.0 %
Roman Catholic
10.0 %
Map Source: Anonymous  
Profile Source: Anonymous  
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