Arbore, Erbore in Ethiopia

Joshua Project has identified the Arbore, Erbore only in Ethiopia





Largest Religion

Main Language


Introduction / History

The Arbore people, whose official primary religion is Islam, are from the Omotic language family. They live west of the Woito river (which flows from north to south into the swampy plain which was once lake Stefanie), northeast of the lake, and on the right bank of the lower Sagan. Konso is the lingua franca in this area.

In the space of a few square miles, there are four large Arbore villages, Jellifa, Egudi, Gula'ma and Gondara'ba, the last being their main center and the residence of their paramount chief. Arbore is said to be the name of the first ancestor of the Arbore Girl tribe (Source: Ron and Viv). The Arbore claim that they have always lived in their present territory. Together with the Burji, and the Konso, the Arbore speak Cushitic languages. The Arbore are very active traders and spread into distant areas.

In the past, they used to possess the monopoly of the ivory trade. They exchange cattle for agricultural products from the Amare Kokke and aquire worked iron from the Kerre and Borana. The Arbore build their huts slightly oval in shape. The Arbore have a bodily mutilation of raised dots on the chest and abdomen. The Arbore believe in a Supreme Being creator and father of men whom they call Waq.

Profile Source:   Dr. Samuel Kebreab  

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Global Prayer Digest: 2009-01-03
Global Prayer Digest: 2013-01-08
People Name General Arbore, Erbore
People Name in Country Arbore, Erbore
Population in Ethiopia 10,000
World Population 10,000
Countries 1
Progress Scale 1.2
Least-Reached Yes
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Arbore, Erbore, Eribori, Irbore, Murule, Ulde
Affinity Bloc Horn of Africa Peoples
People Cluster Omotic
People Name General Arbore, Erbore
Ethnic Code CMT33z
People ID 10415
Country Ethiopia
Region East and Southern Africa
Continent Africa
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 22  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Location in Country Extreme southwest, Omo region, near Lake Stefanie.   Source:  Ethnologue 2010
Languages & Dialects on file:  1  (up to 20 largest shown)
Arbore (10,000)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Arbore 10,000
For Primary Language: Arbore

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Translation Need Questionable
Resource Format
Audio Bible teaching (GRN) Audio Recordings
Oral Bible Audio Recordings
Primary Religion: Ethnic Religions

Major Religion Percent
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 1.30 %)
1.30 %
Ethnic Religions
98.70 %
0.00 %
0.00 %
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
0.00 %

Christian Segments Percent
0.0 %
0.0 %
70.0 %
Other Christian
0.0 %
30.0 %
Roman Catholic
0.0 %
Photo Source: Ivano Poggi  
Map Source: Anonymous  
Profile Source: Dr. Samuel Kebreab  
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