Moni people

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Moni people
Migani / Megani /
Djonggunu / Jonggunu
Total population
28,200[1]
Regions with significant populations
Papua (province), Indonesia
Languages
Moni language
Religion
Christianity (predominantly), Animism
Related ethnic groups
Papuan

The Moni (also known as the Migani, the Megani, the Djonggunu, or the Jonggunu) are an indigenous people in the Indonesian Paniai regency (kabupaten) of the Papua province (formerly Central Irian Jaya) of West Papua (western part of the island of New Guinea). They speak the Moni language. They revere a large black and white whistling tree kangaroo called a bondegzeu as an ancestor. The bondegzeu was unknown to the scientific community until the zoologist Tim Flannery described it in 1995.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Moni in Indonesia". Joshua Project. Retrieved 2014-09-18. 
  2. ^ David Wallechinsky, Amy Wallace, Ira Basen, Jane Farrow (2005). The book of lists: the original compendium of curious information. Alfred A. Knopf Canada. pp. p.154. ISBN 0-676-97720-0.