Mao, Northern in Ethiopia

Joshua Project has identified the Mao, Northern only in Ethiopia

Population

19,000

Christian

4.8%

Evangelical

2.6%

Largest Religion

Main Language

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Introduction / History

The Northern Mao of Ethiopia primarily reside in rural villages in western Ethiopia, around Bambassi town and in the Didessa River Valley. Most Northern Mao are farmers. The Northern Mao around Bambassi and in the Didessa River Valley share a common culture and language. However, the Northern Mao around Bambassi are predominantly Muslim, while those in the Didessa River Valley are predominantly Christian. Though Northern and Southern Mao recognize one another as having a shared cultural identity, they realize that their languages are completely different. When Northern Mao and Southern Mao people meet, they usually use another language, like Oromo, to communicate.

A majority of Northern Mao people speak only their mother tongue and cannot adequately use Scripture in a second language. Their very low literacy rate suggests that a literacy program in the area may be difficult. It would be beneficial to also present Scripture in Northern Mao on audiocassettes. Though their motivation to read may be quite low, the Northern Mao Christians appear to have a great desire for Scripture in their mother tongue. During an interview, when asked what kinds of materials they would like to see translated into Northern Mao, they replied, "the Bible."




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Country Ethiopia
Continent Africa
Region East and Southern Africa
10/40 Window Yes
Location in Country Benishangul-Gumuz region, Bambassi area and Didessa River Valley
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People Name General Mao, Northern
People Name in Country Mao, Northern
ROP3 Code 107451
Joshua Project People ID 14023
Indigenous Yes
Population in Ethiopia 19,000
Least-Reached No
Alternate Names for People Group Bambeshi, Didessa, Northern Mao,
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Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Bambassi 19,000
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Affinity Bloc Horn of Africa Peoples
People Cluster Omotic
People Name General Mao, Northern
Ethnic Code CMT33d
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Largest Religion Islam
Buddhism
0.00%
Christianity
4.8%    ( Evangelical  2.6% )
Ethnic Religions
10.00%
Hinduism
0.00%
Islam
85.20%
Non-Religious
0.00%
Other / Small
0.00%
Unknown
0.00%
Christian Segments
Anglican
0.00%
Independent
10.00%
Protestant
25.00%
Orthodox
65.00%
Other Christian
0.00%
Roman Catholic
0.00%
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