Mangbetu in Uganda

Population

76,500

Christian

70%

Evangelical

18%

Largest Religion

Main Language

Progress


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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.




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Country Uganda
Continent Africa
Region East and Southern Africa
10/40 Window No
Location in Country
People Group Map Mangbetu in Uganda PDF Version



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People Name General Mangbetu
People Name in Country Mangbetu
ROP3 Code 106251
Joshua Project People ID 13501
Indigenous Yes
Population in Uganda 76,500
Least-Reached No
Alternate Names for People Group Amangbetu, Makere,
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Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Mangbetu 76,487
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Affinity Bloc Sub-Saharan Peoples
People Cluster Sudanic
People Name General Mangbetu
Ethnic Code NAB66g
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Largest Religion Christianity
Buddhism
0.00%
Christianity
70%    ( Evangelical  18% )
Ethnic Religions
30.00%
Hinduism
0.00%
Islam
0.00%
Non-Religious
0.00%
Other / Small
0.00%
Unknown
0.00%
Christian Segments
Anglican
30.00%
Independent
10.00%
Protestant
15.00%
Orthodox
0.00%
Other Christian
0.00%
Roman Catholic
45.00%
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