Bench in Ethiopia

Joshua Project has identified the Bench only in Ethiopia





Largest Religion

Main Language


Introduction / History

Cerulli includes the following groups of people within the Gimira or Bench people group: The Shako, the Dizu-Benesho, the She, the Kaba, the Nao, and the Maji.

The area where the Bench are found is generally made up of Savannah and forest land. According to Cerulli, this people group works as agriculturalists and produces sorghum, maize, wheat, and barley using a terracing system with the hoe as their principal tool. Sheep, cows and fowls are plentiful among the Bench people. Their food consists of meat of cattle and goats or sheep, milk, maize, and a kind of cassava that is a popular food item.

Piercing and stretching of the lobe of the right ear with ornaments or small pieces of wood is very common among the Bench, though this custom is practiced only by chiefs, hunters or brave warriors.

The Gimira are mainly ethnic religion believers of a sky-god. However, much more importance is given to the many local spirits. It is believed that the spirits by means of certain rituals become embodied in the living form of a ritual expert. Although the sky-god is not actually worshipped, periodical sacrifices are offered (a fowl, a cow, an axe) chiefly to appease his anger when somebody has died.

The number of indigenous churches is about 21, which is very high.

Profile Source:   Dr. Samuel Kebreab  

People Name General Bench
People Name in Country Bench
Population in Ethiopia 499,000
World Population 499,000
Countries 1
Progress Scale 3.2
Least-Reached No
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Bencho, Dizu, Ghimiarra, Gimarra, Gimira, Mer, She, Siiz
Affinity Bloc Horn of Africa Peoples
People Cluster Omotic
People Name General Bench
Ethnic Code CMT33d
People ID 11896
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 Kafa region, Mizan Teferi area, Shewa Bench towns.   Source:  Ethnologue 2010
Languages & Dialects on file:  1  (up to 20 largest shown)
Bench: She (499,000)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Bench: She 499,000
For Primary Language: Bench

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions Yes   (1991)
New Testament Yes   (1990)
Complete Bible No
Audio Bible Online
Resource Format
Audio Bible teaching (GRN) Audio Recordings
Jesus Film: view in Bench Film / Video
Online New Testament (FCBH) Audio Recordings
Primary Religion: Christianity
Religion Subdivision: Orthodox

Major Religion Percent
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 65.70 %)
73.00 %
Ethnic Religions
23.00 %
0.00 %
4.00 %
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
0.00 %

Christian Segments Percent
0.0 %
0.0 %
80.0 %
Other Christian
0.0 %
20.0 %
Roman Catholic
0.0 %
Photo Source: Anonymous  
Map Source: Joshua Project / Global Mapping International  
Profile Source: Dr. Samuel Kebreab  
Data Sources: Data is compiled from various sources. Read more

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