Mamvu in Congo, Democratic Republic of

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





Largest Religion

Main Language


Introduction / History

The Mamvu live in the Watsa Territory of northeastern Democratic Republic of Congo. They are subsistence farmers, who live on a diet of rice, plantain, manioc, and millet. There are also coffee plantations and gold mines in the area. Many of the miners and plantation workers however, have come from outside. In some places the Mamvu are a minority in their own traditional area. Most Mamvu reside in small villages and homesteads. Their shelters are made of mud-wattle walls with thatched roof.

They speak a Sudanic language which they call "Tengo". It is related to Lese and Mangbetu. They use Bangala to talk to outsiders. The Mamvu are slow to change, but quite open to missionaries. They are very receptive to education. There are, however, only two schools that serve primarily Mamvu pupils. All the other schools have an ethnically mixed student body. The schooling is done in Bangala or French. Most of the Mamvu still practice traditional religion, often mixed with Christianity. The Assemblies of God first presented Christianity to them in 1932, but the younger generations did not embrace it and therefore other language groups predominate in the churches, and today few Mamvu are churched.

Profile Source:   Anonymous  

People Name General Mamvu
People Name in Country Mamvu
Population in Congo, Democratic Republic of 111,000
World Population 111,000
Countries 1
Progress Scale 3.2
Least-Reached No
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Amengi, Efe Pygmy, Momfu
Affinity Bloc Sub-Saharan Peoples
People Cluster Sudanic
People Name General Mamvu
Ethnic Code NAB66g
People ID 13473
Country Congo, Democratic Republic of
Region West and Central Africa
Continent Africa
10/40 Window No
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Location in Country Orientale Province, Watsa Territory, west and southwest of Watsa.   Source:  Ethnologue 2010

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Enthologue Language Map

Languages & Dialects on file:  1  (up to 20 largest shown)
Mamvu (111,000)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Mamvu 111,000
For Primary Language: Mamvu

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions Yes   (1931)
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 18.00 %)
84.00 %
Ethnic Religions
16.00 %
0.00 %
0.00 %
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
0.00 %

Christian Segments Percent
0.0 %
12.0 %
0.0 %
Other Christian
25.0 %
25.0 %
Roman Catholic
38.0 %
Profile Source: Anonymous  
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