Dorze in Ethiopia

Joshua Project has identified the Dorze only in Ethiopia





Largest Religion

Main Language


Where Are they Located?

The Dorze village, which is about 35 kilometerss from Arbaminch, is situated high up in the misty Guge Mountains.

What Are Their Lives Like?

The Omotic Dorze people are famous for their beehive shaped huts which are constructed with vertical hardwood poles and woven bamboo. According to the inhabitants this towering, re-locatable, structure can go as high as 12 meters and last from 60-80 years. Traditionally the bamboos that are used as frames for the huts are cut during moonlight. For insulating the roof of the hut a thatch of false banana (Enset), grass and cover of the bamboo stem are used. Through time when termites destroy the basement of the huts, after having avoided the rotten part of the basement, the whole structure can be lifted and relocated in a different place of the same compound. This practice explains why the hut is first built so high. The older the house the shorter the height.

Profile Source:   Silvia van Roozendaal 

People Name General Dorze
People Name in Country Dorze
Population in Ethiopia 54,000
World Population 54,000
Countries 1
Progress Scale 2.2
Least-Reached No
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names
Affinity Bloc Horn of Africa Peoples
People Cluster Omotic
People Name General Dorze
Ethnic Code CMT33z
People ID 11614
Country Ethiopia
Region East and Southern Africa
Continent Africa
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 22  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Location in Country North Omo region, Chencha area; Addis Ababa.   Source:  Ethnologue 2010
Languages & Dialects on file:  1  (up to 20 largest shown)
Dorze (54,000)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Dorze 54,000
For Primary Language: Dorze

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions No
New Testament No
Complete Bible No
Resource Format
Audio Bible teaching (GRN) Audio Recordings
Primary Religion: Christianity
Religion Subdivision: Orthodox

Major Religion Percent
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 1.00 %)
86.00 %
Ethnic Religions
14.00 %
0.00 %
0.00 %
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
0.00 %

Christian Segments Percent
0.0 %
10.0 %
70.0 %
Other Christian
0.0 %
20.0 %
Roman Catholic
0.0 %
Photo Source: Silvia van Roozendaal  
Map Source: UN  
Profile Source: Silvia van Roozendaal 
Data Sources: Data is compiled from various sources. Read more

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