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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