Mangbetu, Amangbetu in Congo, Democratic Republic of

Population

1,367,000

Christian

98.0%

Evangelical

20.0%

Largest Religion

Main Language

Progress


Profile Source: Anonymous


Introduction / History

The name Mangbetu refers to a large people group of the northeastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). The major subgroups are the Mangbetu, Meegye, Makere, Malele, Popoi and Abelu. The Mangbetu area is one of both forest and savannah. The economy is a mixture of agriculture, small animal husbandry, hunting, fishing and gathering. Cash crops have included palm oil, coffee, peanuts, rice, bananas, and maize.

Until very recently, the Mangbetu were one of a small number of Congolese peoples who paid death compensations. A person who died was considered to have done so "in the hands of" his father's family group. This meant that the father's group had to compensate the mother's group, regardless of the circumstances of death. Their traditional belief system includes a complex of ideas about witchcraft and sorcery. One such idea is that the power of witchcraft resides in an appendage of the small intestine, which is inherited by girls from their mother and by boys from their father.

A Mangbetu kingdom was already highly developed at the time of first contact with Europeans. However, compared to some of their neighbors, the group has advanced little in the areas of education and economics.

A Bible translation project in Mangbetu was started in 1980, and three booklets of New Testament selections have been published. Although literacy rather than translation was emphasized in the 1990s, translation work has begun again.




Profile Source: Anonymous

People Name General Mangbetu
People Name in Country Mangbetu, Amangbetu
Population in Congo, Democratic Republic of 1,367,000
Progress Scale 3.2
Least-Reached No
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Amangbetu, Makere
Affinity Bloc Sub-Saharan Peoples
People Cluster Sudanic
People Name General Mangbetu
Ethnic Code NAB66g
Country Congo, Democratic Republic of
Continent Africa
Region West and Central Africa
10/40 Window No
Location in Country Orientale Province, Rungu, Niangara, Poko, Watsa, Wamba, and northeast corner of Banalia territories. Popoi in Banalia Territory; Aberu in Wamba Territory

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Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Lombi (Unknown) Mangbetu (Unknown)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Lombi Mangbetu
Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions Yes  (2006-2007)
New Testament No
Complete Bible No
Category Resource
Audio Recordings Global Recordings
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Mangbetu
Largest Religion Christianity
Buddhism
0.00%
Christianity
98%    ( Evangelical  20% )
Ethnic Religions
2.00%
Hinduism
0.00%
Islam
0.00%
Non-Religious
0.00%
Other / Small
0.00%
Unknown
0.00%
Christian Segments
Anglican
0.00%
Independent
15.00%
Protestant
25.00%
Orthodox
0.00%
Other Christian
5.00%
Roman Catholic
55.00%
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