Mangbetu, Amangbetu in Congo, Democratic Republic of





Largest Religion

Main Language


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 1,407,000
World Population 1,491,000
Countries 2
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
People ID 13501
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, Rungu, Niangara, Poko, Watsa, Wamba, and northeast corner of Banalia territories. Popoi in Banalia Territory; Aberu in Wamba Territory.   Source:  Ethnologue 2010

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Enthologue Language Map

Languages & Dialects on file:  2  (up to 20 largest shown)
Lombi Mangbetu
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Lombi Mangbetu
For Primary Language: Mangbetu

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions Yes   (2006-2007)
New Testament No
Complete Bible No
Resource Format
Audio Bible teaching (GRN) Audio Recordings
Jesus Film: view in Mangbetu Film / Video
Primary Religion: Christianity
Religion Subdivision: Roman Catholic

Major Religion Percent
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 20.00 %)
98.00 %
Ethnic Religions
2.00 %
0.00 %
0.00 %
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
0.00 %

Christian Segments Percent
0.0 %
15.0 %
0.0 %
Other Christian
5.0 %
25.0 %
Roman Catholic
55.0 %
Profile Source: Anonymous  
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