Gamo in Ethiopia

Joshua Project has identified the Gamo only in Ethiopia





Largest Religion

Main Language


Introduction / History

Gamo is the name of people and their land according to "Gamo Gofa Hiziboch Tarik". The name Gamo means "Lion" and the people are heroic and strong. The people are one of the main tribes of Ethiopia. Their primary means of subsistence is mixed agriculture. Secondarily, they practice weaving. The land of Gamo has the country's second highest mountain. The people are very connected to nature and have an advanced indigenous culture.

Where Are they Located?

They are located in the southwest part of the country which is part of the East African Rift Valley. The region contains two Rift Valley lakes and the Nech Sar national park, where the Gamo live.

What Are Their Lives Like?

Most of the people live in the highland area and practice mixed agriculture. Weaving is important as well and they are known for this skill. The people are still poor because of subsistence agriculture and land degradation.

What Are Their Beliefs?

Previously they believed in nature like mountains, rivers and the like. But now Protestantism is dominant, followed by Orthodox Christianity. Nevertheless, they continue to follow some traditional beliefs.

What Are Their Needs?

There is a lack of education and road access to join the lowland Gamo region with the highland region. Most children lack sufficient food to survive.

Profile Source:   Anonymous  

People Name General Gamo
People Name in Country Gamo
Population in Ethiopia 1,565,000
World Population 1,565,000
Countries 1
Progress Scale 3.2
Least-Reached No
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Gamo-Gofa-Dawro, Gemu
Affinity Bloc Horn of Africa Peoples
People Cluster Omotic
People Name General Gamo
Ethnic Code CMT33d
People ID 11814
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 Omo region, area of Arba Minch..   Source:

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Enthologue Language Map

Languages & Dialects on file:  1  (up to 20 largest shown)
Gamo (1,565,000)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Gamo 1,565,000
For Primary Language: Gamo

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions Yes
New Testament Yes   (2011)
Complete Bible No
Audio Bible Online
Resource Format
Audio Bible teaching (GRN) Audio Recordings
Bible: Ooratha Caaqo Maxaafa Gamoththo Text / Printed Matter
Bible: ኦራ ጫቆ ማፃፋ ጋሞ Text / Printed Matter
Jesus Film: view in Gamo Film / Video
Magdalena (Jesus Film Project) Film / Video
Online New Testament - Gamo (FCBH) Audio Recordings
Oral Bible Audio Recordings
Primary Religion: Christianity
Religion Subdivision: Orthodox

Major Religion Percent
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 49.00 %)
85.00 %
Ethnic Religions
3.00 %
0.00 %
10.00 %
2.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
0.00 %

Christian Segments Percent
0.0 %
0.0 %
85.0 %
Other Christian
0.0 %
15.0 %
Roman Catholic
0.0 %
Photo Source: Anonymous  
Profile Source: Anonymous  
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