Pasi in Papua New Guinea

The Pasi have only been reported in Papua New Guinea
Main Language
Largest Religion
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Introduction / History

The Pasi people are a small indigenous group living in the coastal regions of northwest Papua New Guinea. They are primarily found in the Gulf Province, specifically in the Kikori district.

The history of the Pasi people is closely tied to their relationship with the surrounding environment. There was frequent warfare with neighboring tribes until the Australian government brought the area under its control in the late 1940s. The Roman Catholic Mission sent priests and national workers to visit the Ayi-Pasi area some years later.

The Pasi speak their own language of Pasi. Many also speak Pidgin English which allows them to communicate and trade with outsiders. The Bible is taught in Pidgin English in the Pasi churches. There are currently no Christian resources in the Pasi language.

What Are Their Lives Like?

The Pasi people have a distinct way of life, characterized by their communal living arrangements and strong social networks. The community is typically led by a village chief, who is responsible for making decisions on behalf of the group. The villagers work together to manage their resources, maintain their homes and support each other through difficult times.

The Pasi live a subsistence lifestyle, relying on fishing, hunting and farming to sustain their communities. Economically, the people are farmers and hunters who are self-sufficient in regard to food supplies and housing. They earn some money by selling food crops and wild game at local markets. Money allows them to buy things like metal tools.

The Pasi lack regular access to modern medicine. Clinics are hours away by canoe or walking. Many children die of preventable diseases. Few or no roads connect the Pasi with PNG towns.

What Are Their Beliefs?

All Pasi claim to be followers of Jesus Christ, but their form of Christianity is mixed with animism and ancestor veneration. They believed in the existence of spirits that inhabit natural objects, such as trees, rocks and rivers. They believe these spirits possess great power and must be appeased through rituals and offerings. The spiritual growth of the Pasi is hindered by not having the Scriptures in their heart language and by their lack of literacy skills.

What Are Their Needs?

The Pasi have many physical and spiritual needs. They would greatly benefit by access to modern medicine. Their children need schools. Solar panels can bring them electricity. They need pastors who know and can teach the Bible.

Prayer Points

Pray that the Bible becomes available to the Pasi in their heart language.
Pray that Pasi children may attend school.
Pray that medical teams can go to the Pasi and help improve their health.
Pray the Lord raises up Pasi pastors to lead His church among the Pasi.

Scripture Prayers for the Pasi in Papua New Guinea.


The National Research Institute 2010, Papua New Guinea District and Provincial Profiles.
National Economic & Fiscal Commission 2014, Go Long Ples Reducing inequality in education funding, A Report by the National Economic & Fiscal Commission

Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

People Name General Pasi
People Name in Country Pasi
Alternate Names Besi
Population this Country 700
Population all Countries 700
Total Countries 1
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 5
Unreached No
Frontier People Group No
GSEC 5  (per
Pioneer Workers Needed
People ID 19519
ROP3 Code 107911
ROP25 Code 306587
ROP25 Name Pasi (Papuan)
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 Religion: Christianity
Major Religion Percent
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 27.00 %)
100.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
0.00 %
0.00 %
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
0.00 %
Primary Language Pasi (700 speakers)
Language Code psq   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Unknown
Total Languages 1
Primary Language Pasi (700 speakers)
Language Code psq   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Pasi

Primary Language:  Pasi

Bible Translation Status:  Translation Needed

Resource Type Resource Name Source
None reported  
Map Source Anonymous  
Profile Source Joshua Project 
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