Bench in Ethiopia

Joshua Project has identified the Bench only in Ethiopia

Population

435,000

Christian

73%

Evangelical

66%

Largest Religion

Main Language

Progress


Profile Source: Dr. Samuel Kebreab


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
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Country Ethiopia
Continent Africa
Region East and Southern Africa
10/40 Window Yes
Location in Country Kafa region, Mizan Teferi area, Shewa Bench towns
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People Name General Bench
People Name in Country Bench
ROP3 Code 103375
Joshua Project People ID 11896
Indigenous Yes
Population in Ethiopia 435,000
Least-Reached No
Alternate Names for People Group Bencho, Dizu, Ghimiarra, Gimarra, Gimira, Mer, She, Siiz,
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Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Bench: She 434,962
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Affinity Bloc Horn of Africa Peoples
People Cluster Omotic
People Name General Bench
Ethnic Code CMT33d
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Largest Religion Christianity
Buddhism
0.00%
Christianity
73%    ( Evangelical  66% )
Ethnic Religions
23.00%
Hinduism
0.00%
Islam
4.00%
Non-Religious
0.00%
Other / Small
0.00%
Unknown
0.00%
Christian Segments
Anglican
0.00%
Independent
0.00%
Protestant
20.00%
Orthodox
80.00%
Other Christian
0.00%
Roman Catholic
0.00%
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Map Source: Joshua Project / Global Mapping International
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