Deg, Mo in Ghana





Largest Religion

Main Language


Introduction / History

Their language is Deg which is a member of the Gur-Grussi family of languages and they are closely related linguistically to Sisaala, Tampulma, Chakali, Kasem and in particular to Vagla. History has it that all these groups were together in the Sisaala area; one day there was an argument over a dog's head after a ritual and they split up resulting in the Deg and Vagla travelling further south to live separately in their own lands.

Where Are they Located?

The Deg are a minority language group located in two administrative districts, Kintampo District at the north-western border of Brong Ahafo, and Bole District at the south-western border in the Northern Region.

What Are Their Beliefs?

Religion amongst the Deg used to be mainly Traditional African Religion with some of them following Islam, but church outreach and the work of the Ghana Institute of Linguistics, Literacy and Bible Translation (GILLBT) have made a significant difference so that there are now many more Christians. The Methodist Church is believed to have been the first church outreach to the Deg around 1935, then the Catholic Church in the 1940's followed by the Christ Apostolic Church, the Seventh Day Adventists, the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Ghana, and then the church of Pentecost and the New Apostolic Church. The language of wider communication in the area is Twi and this is taught in the schools and used for worship in the churches.

Profile Source:   Anonymous  

People Name General Deg
People Name in Country Deg, Mo
Population in Ghana 36,000
World Population 38,000
Countries 2
Progress Scale 3.2
Least-Reached No
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Aculo, Buro, Ching, Degha, Janela, Mak, Mmfo, Mo, Mo Jia, Mo Min, Mochia, Mohua, Panyam, Sou Miao
Affinity Bloc Sub-Saharan Peoples
People Cluster Gur
People Name General Deg
Ethnic Code NAB56a
People ID 11522
Country Ghana
Region West and Central Africa
Continent Africa
10/40 Window No
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Location in Country Kintampo District at the north-western border of Brong, Ahafo Bole District at the south-western border in the Northern Region.   Source:  Field worker

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Enthologue Language Map

Languages & Dialects on file:  1  (up to 20 largest shown)
Deg (36,000)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Deg 36,000
For Primary Language: Deg

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions Yes   (1996-2001)
New Testament Yes   (1996)
Complete Bible No
Audio Bible Online
Resource Format
Audio Bible teaching (GRN) Audio Recordings
Bible-in-Your-Language Text / Printed Matter
God's Story Video Film / Video
Online New Testament (FCBH) Audio Recordings
Primary Religion: Ethnic Religions

Major Religion Percent
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 14.00 %)
40.00 %
Ethnic Religions
50.00 %
0.00 %
10.00 %
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
0.00 %

Christian Segments Percent
0.0 %
20.0 %
0.0 %
Other Christian
0.0 %
60.0 %
Roman Catholic
20.0 %
Profile Source: Anonymous  
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