Marind, Bian in Indonesia

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

Introduction / History

The Marind primarily live by hunting (deer and pig), fishing, gardening and raising coconut and sago trees. With their land at an altitude of less than 100 meters above sea level, the Marind, Bian people can best be accessed by boat (especially the Bian River villages). There is also a road to Muting.

Generally the people wear modern clothing. The people eat roasted sago with fish, fruits and vegetables. Rural houses are generally made from tree trunks and leaves. There is a SSB radio in Pahas and PLN electricity in Muting. The people identify themselves as Marind but different from the coastal Marind. The people get their drinking water mostly from rivers or wells, but 1 village uses rainwater. Some villages have clinics and health workers but some do not. Many villages also lack toilet facilities. Malaria and respiratory diseases are some of the more common diseases faced by the people. To improve their economic conditions, the Marind, Bian speakers need markets for the fruit and coffee they grow. The Marind, Bian people have no gospel cassettes, films or videos in their language. "Wati" drink is frequently served at birthday, marriage and adult initiation ceremonies.

The Marind, Bian are sometimes known as the Boven-Mbian, Bian, Northwest Marind, Boven Tor, or Boven Bian people. The people speak Marind, Bian at home and use Indonesian for trade communication.


What Are Their Beliefs?

It is estimated that less than half of the Marind speakers have understood the gospel but there are at least 9 Protestant and Catholic churches in the area.


Profile Source:   GMI Papua  
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People Name General Marind, Bian
People Name in Country Marind, Bian
Population in Indonesia 3,600
World Population 3,600
Total Countries 1
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 4
Unreached No
Frontier People Group No
GSEC 6  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Pioneer Workers Needed
Alternate Names Bian, Northwest Marind
People ID 13545
ROP3 Code 106338
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, Muting subdistrict, Sanayu village; upper Bian river area.   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, Muting subdistrict, Sanayu village; upper Bian river area..   Source:  Ethnologue 2016
Primary Language Marind, Bian (3,600 speakers)
Language Code bpv   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Unknown
Total Languages 1
Primary Language Marind, Bian (3,600 speakers)
Language Code bpv   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Marind, Bian

Primary Language:  Marind, Bian

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Translation Need Questionable
Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (GRN)
Primary Religion: Christianity
Religion Subdivision: Protestant
Major Religion Percent
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 6.00 %)
64.00 %
Ethnic Religions
36.00 %
Hinduism
0.00 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
Christian Segments Percent
Anglican
0.0 %
Independent
10.0 %
Orthodox
0.0 %
Other Christian
0.0 %
Protestant
90.0 %
Roman Catholic
0.0 %
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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