Bena in Tanzania

Joshua Project has identified the Bena only in Tanzania





Largest Religion

Main Language


Introduction / History

The Bena people of Tanzania are a large Bantu group living in southwestern Tanzania in Iringa Region, Njombe District. Some of their major towns are Ilembula where there is a large Lutheran hospital and Uwemba where there is a strong Roman Catholic church.

What Are Their Lives Like?

The Bena are a patrilineal society with a heavy interest in traditional lay care. There is a strong cultural value on children as a link to the generations. The more the better. Some practice polygyny. As gifted farmers they have incorporated new skills with traditional values to produce Irish potatoes and maize (corn) their main crops. They also grow wheat, peas, beans, pyrethrum (for mosquito coils) and coffee and timber for cash crops.

What Are Their Beliefs?

They had early contact with both German Lutherans and Roman Catholics. A New Testament was produced in 1920 and the early missionaries hoped it would be used for other nearby groups. Old beliefs are still strong and there is a possible need for an updated New Testament.

Profile Source:   Anonymous  

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People Name General Bena
People Name in Country Bena
Population in Tanzania 989,000
World Population 989,000
Countries 1
Progress Scale 3.2
Least-Reached No
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names
Affinity Bloc Sub-Saharan Peoples
People Cluster Bantu, Central-Tanzania
People Name General Bena
Ethnic Code NAB57o
People ID 10785
Country Tanzania
Region East and Southern Africa
Continent Africa
10/40 Window No
Persecution Rank 33  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Location in Country Southwest central, Iringa region, Njombe District.   Source:  Ethnologue 2010
Languages & Dialects on file:  1  (up to 20 largest shown)
Bena (989,000)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Bena 989,000
For Primary Language: Bena

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions Yes
New Testament Yes   (1914-2012)
Complete Bible No
Resource Format
Audio Bible teaching (GRN) Audio Recordings
Jesus Film: view in Bena Film / Video
The Seed Company Translation Project Text / Printed Matter
Primary Religion: Christianity
Religion Subdivision: Roman Catholic

Major Religion Percent
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 17.00 %)
96.00 %
Ethnic Religions
1.00 %
0.00 %
3.00 %
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
0.00 %

Christian Segments Percent
15.0 %
0.0 %
0.0 %
Other Christian
0.0 %
20.0 %
Roman Catholic
65.0 %
Map Source: Anonymous  
Profile Source: Anonymous  
Data Sources: Data is compiled from various sources. Read more

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