Vanimo, Manimo in Papua New Guinea





Largest Religion

Main Language


Introduction / History

The Vanimo language group is said to have come from the area of Lake Sentani, now part of Indonesia. They traveled along the coast of New Guinea over onehundred years ago to where they are now settled in three villages, between Vanimo town and the Papua New Guinea and Indonesia border. Lonely Planet says, "The coast between Vanimo and the Indonesian border is crammed with superb beaches, waterholes and lagoons, pretty creeks and picturesque villages."

The Vanimo men fish the lagoons and reefs, going out in outrigger canoes from which they stand, balanced to throw their spears at the reef fish. The women, some marked with tattoos and scarification patterns, make clay cooking pots. Traditional culture, however, is not what it used to be, having assimilated to it the Catholic church, the village club for drinking beer and watching videos, and the typical Papua New Guinea markers of development—tin roofing, tin meat, a generator, and rice. One observer reported that for one traditional singsing—drums, dancing, chanting, costumes, spirits—the people from Warimo village brought in a truck load of beer, and they wore second hand clothes under their leaves and feathers.

Despite the fact that a fair amount of Western influence has seeped into their lives, their mother tongue is still of great importance to them. Tok Pisin is secondary to the Vanimo language, and the people expect to be using it far into the future. The only place where Vanimo is not the dominant language is in the church.

Some things remain the same and some things have changed in the way that the Vanimo people live, but the fact remains that Satan uses both old and new to keep his hold on the Vanimo people. There is a need for a Bible in the Vanimo language in that there is a need for the Vanimo people to come to a knowledge of the Truth.

Profile Source:   Anonymous  

Expanded PDF Profile

People Name General Vanimo
People Name in Country Vanimo, Manimo
Population in Papua New Guinea 3,900
World Population 4,700
Countries 2
Progress Scale 3.2
Least-Reached No
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Manimo
Affinity Bloc Pacific Islanders
People Cluster New Guinea
People Name General Vanimo
Ethnic Code AON10b
People ID 15771
Country Papua New Guinea
Region South Pacific
Continent Australia
10/40 Window No
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Location in Country Sandaun Province, Vanimo District. 3 villages.   Source:  Ethnologue 2010
Languages & Dialects on file:  1  (up to 20 largest shown)
Vanimo (3,900)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Vanimo 3,900
For Primary Language: Vanimo

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: Roman Catholic

Major Religion Percent
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 12.00 %)
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 %
40.0 %
Roman Catholic
60.0 %
Map Source: Anonymous  
Profile Source: Anonymous  
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