Publication Date

Spring 4-18-2012


School of Religion


Religion: Cross-Cultural Studies


cultural mapping, ethnographic research, culture, Missionary


The Uriay people group in Papua New Guinea is a remote animistic tribe that has just recently heard the Gospel. This people group is just one of the thousands of distinct cultures in this world, many of which have not yet received the good news of Jesus Christ. This thesis opens by analyzing culture and animism and culminates with an ethnographic description of the Uriay tribe based on personal observation and information collected from missionaries who have lived among the Uriay people for over ten years. The purpose of this thesis is to provide research on this remote people group and provide an example of cultural analysis for believers who plan to enter a new culture and seek to understand it with intentions of spreading the Gospel to those who have yet to hear it.