Gidole in Ethiopia

Joshua Project has identified the Gidole only in Ethiopia





Largest Religion

Main Language


Introduction / History

The Dirasha live on the mountains south of Chamo lake in South Ethiopia (5"3'´north latitude, 37"30'East longitude). The town of Gardulla is at the area's highest elevation, 2,561 meters, and used to be the area's administrative center. The present administrative town, Gidole, is at an elevation of 2,100 meters. The area has many springs, but forests are becoming scarce.

Most of the people are farmers, using hillside terraces for soil and water conservation. The Dirasha also cultivate the lowlands to the south and east of the mountains. The main staple food is sorghum, which is stored in underground chambers for as many as ten years. Also teff, maize, barley, oats, ensete, beans and peas, along with vegetables and fruit (banana, lime) are grown in the area. Cattle, goats and sheep are kept for meat; beehives for honey. Donkeys are used to transport goods.

The people call themselves Dirasha, live in Dirashe and speak Diraytta. For outsiders, they are known as Gidole people. The language belongs to the Lowland East Cushitic group with Konso and Oromo. Oromo and Amharic are also spoken in the administrative center for historical reasons. Amharic is the language of instruction. There is only one small Christian booklet that was printed in the late 1960s. Bible translation began in 2003. A trial primer has been developed.

The Orthodox church came into the area with the Amhara administration.

around 1920 and evangelical missionaries came thirty years later. The Ethiopian Evangelical Church Mekane Yesus is the main protestant church in the area and its official membership is 37,000 (2005). Today the traditional religion, its spirit worship and fertility rites, have been marginalized.

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People Name General Gidole
People Name in Country Gidole
Population in Ethiopia 58,000
World Population 58,000
Countries 1
Progress Scale 3.2
Least-Reached No
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names
Affinity Bloc Horn of Africa Peoples
People Cluster Omotic
People Name General Gidole
Ethnic Code CMT33d
People ID 11887
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, hills west of Lake Chamo, Gidole town area.   Source:  Ethnologue 2010
Languages & Dialects on file:  1  (up to 20 largest shown)
Dirasha (58,000)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Dirasha 58,000
For Primary Language: Dirasha

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions No
New Testament No
Complete Bible No
Resource Format
Audio Bible teaching (GRN) Audio Recordings
Jesus Film: view in Dirasha Film / Video
Primary Religion: Christianity
Religion Subdivision: Orthodox

Major Religion Percent
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 50.70 %)
82.00 %
Ethnic Religions
18.00 %
0.00 %
0.00 %
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
0.00 %

Christian Segments Percent
0.0 %
0.0 %
90.0 %
Other Christian
0.0 %
10.0 %
Roman Catholic
0.0 %
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