Benshangul, Berta in Ethiopia

Population

288,000

Christian

2.0%

Evangelical

1.5%

Largest Religion

Main Language

Progress


Profile Source: MANI


Introduction / History

The Nao People Group are part of the Gimira cluster which includes the Dizi, the Tsara, the Benesho, the She. They and the Nao and the others in the Gimira cluster, inhabit the extreme southern and southwestern reaches of the densely forested Kaffa highlands of southwestern Ethiopia. They reside in an altitude of 1500-2500 meters which is not easily accessible. As opposed to the Dizi, the Benesho and others who are migrants to the area, the Nao together with the Tsara were the indigenous inhabitants of the land. They speak Nayi language, an Omotic language which has 58% lexical similarity with Diizin. The Nao subsist by farming. They supplement their diet through fishing and also gathering fruits and vegetables. The Nao were strong and numerous people and had their own kingdom before their active colonization by the Kaffa Kingdom in the mid 19th century. They are now reduced to a fewer number through the war and slavery the they were subjected to. The active "Kaffanization" of their culture and language has played a role in their near extinction as a people group. They are followers of ethnic religion.


Prayer Points

* Ask the Lord to reach these marginalized and geographically inaccessible people for His glory.
* Pray to the Lord to send laborers to the field. Pray to the Lord to provide evangelistic resources in their language.



Profile Source: MANI

People Name General Benshangul, Berta
People Name in Country Benshangul, Berta
Population in Ethiopia 288,000
Progress Scale 1.2
Least-Reached Yes
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Barta, Beni Shangul, Berta, Tornasi, Wetawit
Affinity Bloc Sub-Saharan Peoples
People Cluster Nilotic
People Name General Benshangul, Berta
Ethnic Code NAB62z
Country Ethiopia
Continent Africa
Region East and Southern Africa
10/40 Window Yes
Location in Country Beni Shangul region, corner formed by Blue Nile River and Sudan border north of Asosa; Dalati, Sirba Abay area east of Dabus River

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Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Berta: Undu (288,000)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Berta: Undu 288,000
Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions No
New Testament No
Complete Bible No
Category Resource
Audio Recordings Global Recordings
Largest Religion Islam
Buddhism
0.00%
Christianity
2.0%    ( Evangelical  1.5% )
Ethnic Religions
20.00%
Hinduism
0.00%
Islam
78.00%
Non-Religious
0.00%
Other / Small
0.00%
Unknown
0.00%
Christian Segments
Anglican
0.00%
Independent
10.00%
Protestant
20.00%
Orthodox
70.00%
Other Christian
0.00%
Roman Catholic
0.00%
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