Pangwa in Tanzania

Joshua Project has identified the Pangwa only in Tanzania





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Main Language


Introduction / History

The Pangwa people live along the northeast shore of Lake Malawi in southwest Tanzania. Early German missionaries came to this area in the early 1900s. Because of the help of these missionaries, there has been a long interest in education and development across the Pangwa area which centers on the Ludewa District of Iringa Region. There appears to have been a lot of resistance to mission efforts in the beginning and the missionaries with drew from Jakobi to Lupembe where a mission hospital was established (Lupembe may not be in the Pangwa homeland). Lupembe appears to have become a major center in this area because of the hospital and a green tea estate run by a local farmers association. Beans are grown in the area too and the Lutherans have a solar project there.

The Presbyterians are also active in introducing modern farm equipment and practices as are the Roman Catholics with their school at Madunda. In spite of the high level of outside help and influences, the Pangwa people still hold to strong traditional views. There are active cases of HIV-AIDS in the area promoted in part by the traditional belief that evil must be sucked out of a person by a traditional doctor. This blood transmission facilitates the spread of AIDS as well as the traditional belief that unmarried teenagers should sleep together to discover a partner.

They have an interesting story about the origin of the earth with the concept of "The Word" and elements of early Genesis 1. This concept and their interest in water may be bridges to help this group understand the Gospel. This group needs a language assessment to help determine the best way to provide for their spiritual needs. Can they adequately comprehend Swahili, Bena, English or German or do they need literature in Pangwa? A German linguist, Hans Stirnimann, has studied Pangwa and wrote articles in 1983. Mukasa Mwajombe has written a definitive work on the Pangwa concept of "Evil".

Profile Source:   Anonymous  

People Name General Pangwa
People Name in Country Pangwa
Population in Tanzania 137,000
World Population 137,000
Countries 1
Progress Scale 3.2
Least-Reached No
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names
Affinity Bloc Sub-Saharan Peoples
People Cluster Bantu, Central-Tanzania
People Name General Pangwa
Ethnic Code NAB57o
People ID 14296
Country Tanzania
Region East and Southern Africa
Continent Africa
10/40 Window No
Persecution Rank 33  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Location in Country Iringa region, Ludewa District; Livingstone mountains, Lake Nyasa east shore.   Source:  Ethnologue 2010

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Enthologue Language Map

Languages & Dialects on file:  1  (up to 20 largest shown)
Pangwa (137,000)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Pangwa 137,000
For Primary Language: Pangwa

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions No
New Testament No
Complete Bible No
Resource Format
Audio Bible teaching (GRN) Audio Recordings
Primary Religion: Christianity
Religion Subdivision: Roman Catholic

Major Religion Percent
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 14.00 %)
85.00 %
Ethnic Religions
15.00 %
0.00 %
0.00 %
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
0.00 %

Christian Segments Percent
0.0 %
0.0 %
0.0 %
Other Christian
0.0 %
40.0 %
Roman Catholic
60.0 %
Profile Source: Anonymous  
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