Mao, Northern in Ethiopia

Joshua Project has identified the Mao, Northern only in Ethiopia





Largest Religion

Main Language


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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People Name General Mao, Northern
People Name in Country Mao, Northern
Population in Ethiopia 22,000
World Population 22,000
Countries 1
Progress Scale 3.1
Least-Reached No
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Bambeshi, Didessa, Northern Mao
Affinity Bloc Horn of Africa Peoples
People Cluster Omotic
People Name General Mao, Northern
Ethnic Code CMT33d
People ID 14023
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 Benishangul-Gumuz region, Bambassi area and Didessa River Valley.   Source:  Ethnologue 2010
Languages & Dialects on file:  1  (up to 20 largest shown)
Bambassi (22,000)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Bambassi 22,000
For Primary Language: Bambassi

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions No
New Testament No
Complete Bible No
Resource Format
None reported  
Primary Religion: Islam

Major Religion Percent
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 2.60 %)
4.80 %
Ethnic Religions
10.00 %
0.00 %
85.20 %
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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