Yabong in Papua New Guinea

Joshua Project has identified the Yabong only in Papua New Guinea





Largest Religion

Main Language


Introduction / History

The Yabong people live in eight villages located in the eastern part of Madang Province, about 20 kilometres to the west of Saidor and within 10 kilometres of the northern coast of Papua New Guinea. Many Yabong villages are in the foothills of the Finisterre Mountains.

Their diet consists primarily of sweet potatoes, taro and greens. Houses are made with black palm floors and woven bamboo walls. Roofs are thatched with dried sago palm leaves. Houses are set on posts 2-3 meters above the ground. They have woven bamboo walls with thatched roofs made of palm leaves.

What Are Their Beliefs?

The Yabong people generally live in villages of 100 to 300 people, although some have moved to smaller settlements.
The first church in the Yabong area was a Catholic church established in the 1930s by a German missionary named Father Offinger. There are now both Catholic and Lutheran churches in the Yabong area.

The Yabong people do not have the Bible in their mother tongue. During church services the Bible is read in Tok Pisin, the language of wider communication.

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Expanded PDF Profile

People Name General Yabong
People Name in Country Yabong
Population in Papua New Guinea 1,800
World Population 1,800
Countries 1
Progress Scale 3.2
Least-Reached No
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names
Affinity Bloc Pacific Islanders
People Cluster New Guinea
People Name General Yabong
Ethnic Code AON09b
People ID 15934
Country Papua New Guinea
Region South Pacific
Continent Australia
10/40 Window No
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Location in Country Madang Province.   Source:  Ethnologue 2010
Languages & Dialects on file:  1  (up to 20 largest shown)
Yabong (1,800)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Yabong 1,800
For Primary Language: Yabong

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 %
80.0 %
Roman Catholic
20.0 %
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