Marind, Southeast Marind in Indonesia

The Marind, Southeast Marind have only been reported in Indonesia
Population
11,000
Main Language
Largest Religion
Christian
Evangelical
Progress
Progress Gauge

Introduction / History

The Marind primarily live by hunting (and selling game), gardening, and gathering food; as well as logging in this large southern swampy land. With their land at an altitude of less than 100 meters above sea level, the Marind people can best be accessed by boat. There are some asphalt roads and a number of non-paved roads are good to travel on in the dry season.

The "Samb-anim" ritual is for young people who have been initiated into the traditional knowledge and customs. There are a number of other spiritual ceremonies as well. Legend says the Marind people descended from Geb and Sami and came from Africa on a boat or giant raft.

There are a number of junior high schools and high schools in the language area (particularly in Merauke).

The people eat sago, fish, bananas, jambu, coconut, and meat among other foods. They enjoy carving, and sometimes paint cloth or even their own body. Some Marind have boat motors; and many have knives, axes, shovels, rifles, and tableware. A few Marind people own motorcycles also. Horses, while rare in other parts of Papua are used in the Okaba district (east of Merauke). Remote village homes are often 1 room affairs, stilted or dirt floors, and a leaf roof. There are some roads in the area; PLN regular electricity is in Merauke and evening electric in Okaba. There are some SSB radios but no telephones outside the main city. Lack of good nutrition is common, as is malaria, skin diseases, leprosy, and typhoid. Many villages have a medical worker. Besides the Catholic Church, there are Reformed churches in the language area.

The Marind are sometimes known as the Southeast Marind, Tugeri, Holifoersch, or Gawir people. Atih, Kumbe, Mbian are Marind dialects spoken in the area. Within the family, Marind is regularly used. Both Marind and Indonesian are used among friends.


What Are Their Beliefs?

It is estimated that less than half of the Marind speakers have understood the gospel but there are several Protestant and a number of Catholic churches in the area.


Profile Source:   GMI Papua  
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People Name General Marind, Southeast Marind
People Name in Country Marind, Southeast Marind
Population in Indonesia 11,000
World Population 11,000
Total Countries 1
Indigenous Yes
Unreached No
Progress Scale 4
GSEC 6  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Alternate Names Gawir, Southeast Marind
People ID 13544
ROP3 Code 106337
Country Indonesia
Region Southeast Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 38  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Location in Country Papua Province, Merauke regency. South coast area; north and west of Merauke city; also, enclave at southernmost extreme of province.   Source:  Ethnologue 2016
Country Indonesia
Region Southeast Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 38  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Location in Country Papua Province, Merauke regency. South coast area; north and west of Merauke city; also, enclave at southernmost extreme of province..   Source:  Ethnologue 2016
Primary Language Marind (11,000 speakers)
Language Code mrz   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Unknown
Total Languages 1
Other People Groups Speaking Marind
Primary Language Marind (11,000 speakers)
Language Code mrz   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Marind

Primary Language:  Marind

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions No
Bible-New Testament No
Bible-Complete No
Resource Type Resource Name New
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (GRN)
Primary Religion: Christianity
Religion Subdivision: Protestant
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 4.00 %)
65.00 %
Ethnic Religions
35.00 %
Hinduism
0.00 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
Christian Segments Percent
Anglican
0.0 %
Independent
15.0 %
Orthodox
0.0 %
Other Christian
0.0 %
Protestant
70.0 %
Roman Catholic
15.0 %
Photo Source GMI Papua 
Map Source Anonymous  
Profile Source GMI Papua  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more


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