Namat in Papua New Guinea

Joshua Project has identified the Namat only in Papua New Guinea





Largest Religion

Main Language


Introduction / History

The Namat people occupy Mibini village about 14 kilometers south of Morehead Station. Mibini residents reported that it was once three villages, but due to deaths from sorcery and other causes, the people came together to form one village, choosing Namat as the common language. The Namat say they often mix languages. It is reportedly hard for them to differentiate languages any more. The Namat people cultivate gardens on the plains near the Morehead River. Their diet consists of yam, taro, sweet potato, sago, greens, fruits such as coconuts, bananas, pineapples, and papayas. They also fish and hunt deer and wallaby and raise chickens. They occasionally sell some of their garden produce, meat and fish in Morehead.

The Namat people build their houses on poles, raised about 6 to 10 feet above the ground. The roofs and walls are made of bark. There are Seventh Day Adventist and United Church congregations in Mibini. Most of the people would call themselves Christians, but there is a fair amount of syncretism. Sorcery continues to be very actively practiced in the village.

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People Name General Namat
People Name in Country Namat
Population in Papua New Guinea 300
World Population 300
Countries 1
Progress Scale 3.2
Least-Reached No
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names
Affinity Bloc Pacific Islanders
People Cluster New Guinea
People Name General Namat
Ethnic Code AON09b
People ID 19558
Country Papua New Guinea
Region South Pacific
Continent Australia
10/40 Window No
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Location in Country Western Province, Morehead District, Mibini village south of Morehead.   Source:  Ethnologue 2006
Languages & Dialects on file:  1  (up to 20 largest shown)
Namat (300)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Namat 300
For Primary Language: Namat

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 22.00 %)
95.00 %
Ethnic Religions
5.00 %
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 %
60.0 %
Roman Catholic
40.0 %
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