Asaro, Upper Asaro in Papua New Guinea

The Asaro, Upper Asaro have only been reported in Papua New Guinea
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Introduction / History

The Upper Asaro people live in the Eastern Highlands Province in the Goroka District of Papua New Guinea. Their mother tongue is Dano (Ethnologue code ASO), and many of the people also speak Tok Pisin, one of the national languages of PNG. The Upper Asaro live above the Asaro River Valley at an elevation of 1500-2300 meters (5000-7500 ft) on a mountain slope grassland with scattered trees. Their home is within a few hours' travel of Goroka, a major urban area, and they have easy road access by public transportation into this town.

What Are Their Lives Like?

Marriage partners are chosen from among non-relative Dano speakers or from neighboring language groups. The Upper Asaro are welcoming to those that marry in, speaking Tok Pisin with those that have not learned Dano. They are for the most part subsistence farmers, raising animals and crops with occasional hunting and gathering. Some of the people are wage-earners in Goroka and others raise coffee as a cash crop or produce to sell in the Goroka market.

Weather is cool in the mornings and intensely hot in the afternoons, when the men gather to play cards together and others go to Goroka to sell. They live in houses with roofs thatched from Kunai grass. There are no wells in the area; they access water from springs, streams, and the Asaro River.

What Are Their Beliefs?

They have had a strong Christian influence in the area for over 50 years, and 80-90% of them claim Christianity as their religion. The New Testament was completed in Dano in 1989 and is being used in some of the churches. Portions of the Old Testament have also been translated. Some traditional religion still exists among the older generation.

What Are Their Needs?

Their needs include further strengthening and equipping of church leaders, literacy development, preschools, and community development, such as clean drinking water, better roads and bridges, better nutrition for children (especially 2-4 year old children), and more economic opportunity to pay for schooling and medical care.

Prayer Points

Scripture Prayers for the Asaro, Upper Asaro in Papua New Guinea.

Profile Source:   Anonymous  

People Name General Asaro
People Name in Country Asaro, Upper Asaro
Alternate Names AsarCampao; Kongi; Upper Asaro
Population this Country 84,000
Population all Countries 84,000
Total Countries 1
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 5
Unreached No
Frontier People Group No
GSEC 6  (per
Pioneer Workers Needed
People ID 10446
ROP3 Code 100546
ROP25 Code 300523
ROP25 Name Asaro
Country Papua New Guinea
Region Australia and Pacific
Continent Australia
10/40 Window No
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Location in Country Eastern Highlands province: Goroka district.   Source:  Ethnologue 2016
Country Papua New Guinea
Region Australia and Pacific
Continent Australia
10/40 Window No
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Location in Country Eastern Highlands province: Goroka district..   Source:  Ethnologue 2016
Primary Religion: Christianity
Major Religion Percent
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 23.00 %)
99.00 %
Ethnic Religions
1.00 %
0.00 %
0.00 %
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
0.00 %
Primary Language Dano (84,000 speakers)
Language Code aso   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 1
Primary Language Dano (84,000 speakers)
Language Code aso   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Dano

Primary Language:  Dano

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1969-1994)
Bible-New Testament Yes  (1989-2013)
Bible-Complete No
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Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching Global Recordings Network
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Dano Jesus Film Project
General Faith Comes By Hearing - Bible in text or audio or video Faith Comes by Hearing
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General YouVersion Bible versions in text and/or audio YouVersion Bibles
Mobile App Android Bible app: Dano YouVersion Bibles
Mobile App Bible app direct APK download SIL
Mobile App iOS Bible app: Dano YouVersion Bibles
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Text / Printed Matter Scripture text - download PNG Bible Translation Association
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