Kinga in Tanzania

Joshua Project has identified the Kinga only in Tanzania





Largest Religion

Main Language


Introduction / History

The Kinga people live in the Livingston Mountains near the northeastern shore of Lake Malawi in Southwestern Tanzania. The Lutherans are strong in this area. Dr. T. C. Schadeberg from Lieden University has studied this language in 1970. Gift giving and singing are a way the Kinga welcome their guests. Since they have had an extended contact with other nearby groups and the Germans who first worked in this area, their traditional bride price items of goats, cattle and hoes have been supplemented with the new "market economy" commercial items such as printed cloth and sugar. (George Park) Mari Koizumi a Japanese anthropologist from Yale has studied the Kinga people of Makete District. There are several schools started by the Lutherans in this area. Bishop Shadrack Manyiewa, local Lutheran leader for this area wrote his thesis on "Contexualization of the Gospel in Kinga Culture." A language assessment is being done now (May, 2003) to see if their Kinga New Testament done in 1961 needs to be revised and if it can help other languages in this general area.

Profile Source:   Anonymous  

People Name General Kinga
People Name in Country Kinga
Population in Tanzania 199,000
World Population 199,000
Countries 1
Progress Scale 3.2
Least-Reached No
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names
Affinity Bloc Sub-Saharan Peoples
People Cluster Bantu, Central-Tanzania
People Name General Kinga
Ethnic Code NAB57o
People ID 12699
Country Tanzania
Region East and Southern Africa
Continent Africa
10/40 Window No
Persecution Rank 33  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Location in Country Iringa region, Makete District, Kipengere Mountain Range.   Source:  Ethnologue 2010

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Enthologue Language Map

Languages & Dialects on file:  1  (up to 20 largest shown)
Kinga (199,000)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Kinga 199,000
For Primary Language: Kinga

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions Yes   (2009-2010)
New Testament Yes   (1961)
Complete Bible No
Resource Format
The Seed Company Translation Project Text / Printed Matter
Primary Religion: Christianity
Religion Subdivision: Roman Catholic

Major Religion Percent
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 14.00 %)
85.00 %
Ethnic Religions
4.00 %
0.00 %
11.00 %
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
0.00 %

Christian Segments Percent
0.0 %
5.0 %
0.0 %
Other Christian
0.0 %
30.0 %
Roman Catholic
65.0 %
Profile Source: Anonymous  
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