Kumu, Komo in Congo, Democratic Republic of

Joshua Project has identified the Kumu, Komo only in Congo, Democratic Republic of





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Introduction / History

The Komo are horticulturalists who live in Eastern Zaire in the rain forest and rolling hills. They come from Bantu stock who migrated southward from modern day Cameroon to the Congo River Basin, then upstream toward the Ituri, Maiko and Lowa tributaries, beginning around 1000 B.C. The Komo are hospitable people, with a somewhat poor self image, who have historically been persecuted, both by Swahili traders under the leadership of Tiputip, and by Belgian colonialists. They were Animists who came under Christian influence in the mid-1930's. Now they have a Christian verneer over their Animist worldview.

The core ritual is circumcision of adolescent boys; their practice of circumcision has been copied by neighboring people groups. They are known as innovators in the religious sphere. For example, there was a Pentecostal revival in the early 1950's that spread throughout the church in the heart of Africa area, led by non-Pentecostal missionaries from the Komo people.

The Komo place a high value on loyalty to the extended family and honoring the in-laws.

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People Name General Kumu, Komo
People Name in Country Kumu, Komo
Population in Congo, Democratic Republic of 614,000
World Population 614,000
Countries 1
Progress Scale 3.2
Least-Reached No
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Komo, Kuumu
Affinity Bloc Sub-Saharan Peoples
People Cluster Bantu, Central-Congo
People Name General Kumu, Komo
Ethnic Code NAB57c
People ID 12846
Country Congo, Democratic Republic of
Region West and Central Africa
Continent Africa
10/40 Window No
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Location in Country Maniema Province, into Former Orientale and Nord-Kivu provinces to Walikale, Opienge, and Punia. Lubutu is center.   Source:  Ethnologue 2010
Languages & Dialects on file:  1  (up to 20 largest shown)
Komo (614,000)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Komo 614,000
For Primary Language: Komo

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions Yes   (1991-1998)
New Testament No
Complete Bible No
Resource Format
Audio Bible teaching (GRN) Audio Recordings
Primary Religion: Christianity
Religion Subdivision: Roman Catholic

Major Religion Percent
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 26.00 %)
95.00 %
Ethnic Religions
5.00 %
0.00 %
0.00 %
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
0.00 %

Christian Segments Percent
0.0 %
12.0 %
0.0 %
Other Christian
10.0 %
30.0 %
Roman Catholic
48.0 %
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Profile Source: Anonymous  
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