Nyangatom in Ethiopia

Population

34,800

Christian

Evangelical

Largest Religion

Main Language

Progress


Introduction / History

The Nyangatom are pastoralists but some that live along the Omo River are engaged in farming. Their diet consists of meat, milk, and some grain, and wild fruits. There is a single tribal language, Nyangatom, spoken by the whole tribe. However, they also speak the Daasanech language. The Nyangatom language remains a strong cultural bond which makes the Nyangatom very aware of their own distinctivness from all outsiders. They are warriors and are fierce people.

Young men between the ages of 16 and 20 undergo an initiation ceremony, which involves an animal sacrifice. This is a prerequisite for later taking of human life. The status of a warrior is determined once a man has killed his first enemy, an event he will mark by notching a scar on his right shoulder or chest. After his first killing, he begins carrying a weapon. (Source: foto_morgana)

His clan sponsor gives him a spear and other weapons, a stool that serves as a headrest, and a pair of sandals. The Nyangatom are polygamous. The begetting of children and the increase in herds, goats, sheep, cattle, camels are highly valued in Nyangatom life.

The Nyangatom are followers of ethnic religion. Only a small number have converted to Christ.



Profile Source:   Dr. Samuel Kebreab  

People Name General Nyangatom
People Name in Country Nyangatom
Population in Ethiopia 34,800
World Population 49,000
Countries 2
Progress Scale 3.1
Least-Reached No
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Bume, Toposa, Turkana
Affinity Bloc Sub-Saharan Peoples
People Cluster Nilotic
People Name General Nyangatom
Ethnic Code NAB62y
Country Ethiopia
Region East and Southern Africa
Continent Africa
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 17  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution rankinging, )
Location in Country Extreme southwest corner, Omo region, Omo River and Kibish River settlement centers. Follow cattle into Sudan, Moru Angipi region

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Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Nyangatom (35,000)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Nyangatom 35,000
Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions No
New Testament No
Complete Bible No
Category Resource
Audio Recordings Global Recordings
Audio Recordings Oral Bible

Major Religion Percent
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 2.40 %)
3.00 %
Ethnic Religions
97.00 %
Hinduism
0.00 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %

Christian Segments Percent
Anglican
0.0 %
Independent
15.0 %
Orthodox
70.0 %
Other Christian
0.0 %
Protestant
15.0 %
Roman Catholic
0.0 %
Photo Source: Anonymous  
Profile Source: Dr. Samuel Kebreab  
Data Sources: Data is compiled from various sources. Read more
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