Babwisi, Bwisi in Uganda





Largest Religion

Main Language


Introduction / History

The Babwisi are a small people group living in Western Uganda on the slopes and plains of the Rwenzori Mountians, along the border of the Democratic Republic of Congo, in Bundibugyo District. The Babwisi are mainly subsistence agriculturalists who raise crops such as maize, cassava, beans, sweet and Irish potatoes, soya beans, yams, groundnuts, finger millet and bananas. The majority of the Babwisi still live in rural areas in mud huts, with no electricity or running water. Malaria is the most common cause of death among the Babwisi, as are the side effects of unclean water, such as diarrhea. Access to proper health care in the Babwisi area is poor but slowly improving.

Christianity was brought to the Babwisi in the 1920's by a Mubwisi man who went to Fort Portal where he was saved and baptized. He then became an Anglican catechist and, with the help of some Batooro missionaries, returned to his home area and began to minister and evangelize among his own people. Although most Babwisi claim to be Christians, their faith is not deep and many are nominal or Christian in name only. Traditional religion is still prevalent among the Babwisi and traditional religion is often mixed with other religions, such as Christianity and Islam.

The Babwisi are in need of proper health care, literacy, Christian discipleship, training for local pastors, and inventive ways to reach the youth, who are spiritually very open. Scripture distribution is also a problem, due to poor roads and lack of transport. A Lubwisi Bible Translation is in progress. Lubwisi is the name of their language. Talinga-Bwisi is another name for the people.

Profile Source:   Anonymous  

People Name General Bwisi
People Name in Country Babwisi, Bwisi
Population in Uganda 118,000
World Population 162,000
Countries 2
Progress Scale 3.2
Least-Reached No
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Bwissi, Katalinga, Kitalinga, Talinga
Affinity Bloc Sub-Saharan Peoples
People Cluster Bantu, Central-Lakes
People Name General Bwisi
Ethnic Code NAB57d
People ID 11064
Country Uganda
Region East and Southern Africa
Continent Africa
10/40 Window No
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Location in Country Democratic Republic of the Congo border, Bwamba County, Bundibugyo District, southwest of Fort Portal, between Albert and Edward lakes, near Kilembe.   Source:  Ethnologue 2010

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Enthologue Language Map

Languages & Dialects on file:  1  (up to 20 largest shown)
Talinga-Bwisi (118,000)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Talinga-Bwisi 118,000
For Primary Language: Talinga-Bwisi

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions Yes   (2004-2010)
New Testament No
Complete Bible No
Resource Format
Audio Bible teaching (GRN) Audio Recordings
Jesus Film: view in Talinga-Bwisi Film / Video
The Seed Company Translation Project Text / Printed Matter
Primary Religion: Christianity
Religion Subdivision: Anglican

Major Religion Percent
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 23.00 %)
90.00 %
Ethnic Religions
10.00 %
0.00 %
0.00 %
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
0.00 %

Christian Segments Percent
35.0 %
15.0 %
0.0 %
Other Christian
0.0 %
15.0 %
Roman Catholic
35.0 %
Profile Source: Anonymous  
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