Benshangul, Berta in Sudan







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Introduction / History

The Bertha (or Berta) people live along the border of Sudan and Ethiopia. In the 16th or 17th century, they migrated from eastern Sudan and settled in an area known as Benishangul, a fertile region in northwest Ethiopia.

Where are they Located?

When they first settled in Ethiopia, they established their villages on hills and mountains for protection, but have more recently migrated to the valleys.

What are Their Lives Like?

The Bertha are an agricultural people, their staple food being sorghum, a type of grass that is often raised for grain. The Bertha also make porridge and beer from sorghum.

What are Their Beliefs?

Over the centuries, the Bertha have intermarried with Arab traders but have maintained many of their traditional customs. Today, they are mainly Muslim, and most speak fluent Arabic in addition to their own language. In addition to Islam, the Bertha still practice extra-Islamic traditions, including rain-making rituals and consult ritual healers and shamans.

Prayer Points

* Pray that workers will be thrust out among the Bertha to share the Good News with them.
* Pray for more information to be learned about the Bertha people so that the worldwide Church can pray and send more effectively.

Profile Source: Anonymous

People Name General Benshangul, Berta
People Name in Country Benshangul, Berta
Population in Sudan 72,000
Progress Scale 3.1
Least-Reached No
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 Sudan
Continent Africa
Region East and Southern Africa
10/40 Window Yes
Location in Country Blue Nile Province, on Ethiopia border
People Group Map Benshangul, Berta in Sudan PDF Version

Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Berta (72,000)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Berta 72,000
Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions No
New Testament No
Complete Bible No
Category Resource
Audio Recordings Global Recordings
Largest Religion Ethnic Religions
20%    ( Evangelical  3.0% )
Ethnic Religions
Other / Small
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Map Source: Joshua Project / Global Mapping International
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