Ayi in Papua New Guinea

The Ayi have only been reported in Papua New Guinea
Population
Main Language
Largest Religion
Christian
Evangelical
Progress
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Introduction / History

This group is located just west of the Yawu dialect of the Yessan-Mayo. The Ayi people live in 3 villages deep in the rain forest of Papua New Guinea about half way between the Sepik River and the government post of Nuku in the Sandaun Province, about 4 degrees south of the Equator. They are quite isolated with no roads in the area. It is a 12-hour walk to Nuku and a 2-hour walk to an airstrip in a neighboring language group.

Each village is an entity in itself with occasional disagreements and fights between them, but also intermarriage. The first outside contact made with the Ayi people was sometime after World War II. Their ancestors were probably pushed south from the coast as other tribes came and gained control of more desirable land. They have had a hard life of gardening, hunting and fishing; a lack of medical help and education until recent times has kept their population low. The Ayi people came from an animistic tradition. They have been requesting God's Word to be written in their language since 1996.


Prayer Points

* Scripture Prayers for the Ayi in Papua New Guinea.


Profile Source:   Anonymous  
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People Name General Ayi
People Name in Country Ayi
World Population 700
Total Countries 1
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 5
Unreached No
Frontier People Group No
Pioneer Workers Needed
Alternate Names Besi; Warasai
People ID 14328
ROP3 Code 115306
Country Papua New Guinea
Region Australia and Pacific
Continent Australia
10/40 Window No
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Location in Country Sandaun province: southeast corner, Wan Wan division. 3 villages.   Source:  Ethnologue 2016
Country Papua New Guinea
Region Australia and Pacific
Continent Australia
10/40 Window No
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Location in Country Sandaun province: southeast corner, Wan Wan division. 3 villages..   Source:  Ethnologue 2016
Primary Language Ayi (700 speakers)
Language Code ayq   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Unknown
Total Languages 1
Primary Language Ayi (700 speakers)
Language Code ayq   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Ayi

Primary Language:  Ayi

Bible Translation Status:  Translation Needed

Resource Type Resource Name
None reported  
Primary Religion: Christianity
Religion Subdivision: Protestant
Major Religion Percent
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 25.00 %)
88.00 %
Ethnic Religions
12.00 %
Hinduism
0.00 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
Christian Segments Percent
Anglican
0.0 %
Independent
0.0 %
Orthodox
0.0 %
Other Christian
0.0 %
Protestant
90.0 %
Roman Catholic
10.0 %
Map Source Anonymous  
Profile Source Anonymous  
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