Majangir in Ethiopia

Joshua Project has identified the Majangir only in Ethiopia





Largest Religion

Main Language


Introduction / History

The Majangir live in scattered communities in the forests of Southwestern Ethiopia. They are often interspersed with other ethnic groups. They are located on an escarpment between the highlands and the lowlands. In the past, the group was raided for slaves by highlanders, but they were able to survive by hiding in the dense forest.

The Majangir meet their needs through slash and burn farming, hunting, fishing, and bee keeping. They prepare a special drink made by boiling coffee leaves with a mixture of spices. Some men have several wives and siblings are considered to have a closer relationship than husband and wife. While the Majangir traditionally shifted residence often, they have recently developed permanent villages. They have also recently adopted the practice of wearing clothing.

What Are Their Beliefs?

During the 1960s and 1970s, some of the Majangir became Christians. While there was initially a rapid spread of the gospel, the church there has suffered from a lack of Christian maturity and discipleship. Other Ethiopian Christians have made great strides in reaching out to the Majangir, but major cultural differences have challenged the effectiveness of their outreach.

What Are Their Needs?

The Majang do not need church planters, however missionaries with skills in discipleship, biblical training, medicine, or agricultural development may be able to serve the Majang.

Profile Source:   Anonymous  

Expanded PDF Profile

People Name General Majangir
People Name in Country Majangir
Population in Ethiopia 46,000
World Population 46,000
Countries 1
Progress Scale 3.2
Least-Reached No
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Majang, Mesengo
Affinity Bloc Sub-Saharan Peoples
People Cluster Nilotic
People Name General Majangir
Ethnic Code NAB62z
People ID 13689
Country Ethiopia
Region East and Southern Africa
Continent Africa
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 22  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Location in Country Southwest, parts of Gambela, Oromo, and Kafa administrative regions, a long, narrow belt between Bure (east of Gambela) and Guraferda south.   Source:  Ethnologue 2010
Languages & Dialects on file:  1  (up to 20 largest shown)
Majang (47,000)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Majang 47,000
For Primary Language: Majang

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions Yes   (1993)
New Testament No
Complete Bible No
Audio Bible Online
Resource Format
Audio Bible teaching (GRN) Audio Recordings
Online Scripture (Talking Bibles) Audio Recordings
The Seed Company Translation Project Text / Printed Matter
Primary Religion: Christianity
Religion Subdivision: Orthodox

Major Religion Percent
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 73.40 %)
94.00 %
Ethnic Religions
6.00 %
0.00 %
0.00 %
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
0.00 %

Christian Segments Percent
0.0 %
10.0 %
65.0 %
Other Christian
0.0 %
25.0 %
Roman Catholic
0.0 %
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Profile Source: Anonymous  
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