Rangi, Irangi in Tanzania

Joshua Project has identified the Rangi only in Tanzania





Largest Religion

Main Language


Introduction / History

The Rangi are farmers, their principal crops being maize and millet. They live in the hilly region of north central Tanzania, surrounded by scrub forest. Despite the wild vegetation their land has suffered from massive erosion. The terrain surrounding the villages in the area is rugged and hilly with small rivers that render many of the roads impassable during the rainy season. During the dry season the rivers stop flowing and the people must dig for their water.

The Rangi believe that their ancestors traveled southward through the Rift Valley passing through Ethiopia and Kenya. The Rangi were water diviners, and as they traveled they were continually searching for permanent water sources. Tradition says that after moving to Tanzania they continued south until they came to the place called Haubi. This was a place where the "water did not go out." This became the new land of the Rangi, and Haubi is well known today as the place where the Rangi people have originated. It is situated near a recently dried-up lake, yet still supplies much of the fruit for the region.

The Rangi are predominantly Muslim. Only a small percentage has been affected by Christian influence as represented by the Roman Catholic church. Protestant churches have had very little impact among the Rangi despite a large number of outside (i.e., non-Rangi) pastors and evangelists. Many of the traditional religious beliefs of the Rangi have been incorporated into their present day religion. Reports of witchcraft among these people are common and sometimes people from other parts of the country fear to move into the area for this reason.

Profile Source:   Anonymous  

People Name General Rangi
People Name in Country Rangi, Irangi
Population in Tanzania 539,000
World Population 539,000
Countries 1
Progress Scale 3.2
Least-Reached No
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Irangi, Langi
Affinity Bloc Sub-Saharan Peoples
People Cluster Bantu, Central-Tanzania
People Name General Rangi
Ethnic Code NAB57o
People ID 14519
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 Dodoma region, Kondoa District; Dodoma, Mwanza, Dar es Salaam, Arusha, Tanga, Morogoro, Babati, and Singida communities. West of Maasai [mas], northeast of Sandawe [sad].   Source:  Ethnologue 2010
Languages & Dialects on file:  1  (up to 20 largest shown)
Langi (539,000)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Langi 539,000
For Primary Language: Langi

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions Yes   (2007-2012)
New Testament No
Complete Bible No
Resource Format
Audio Bible teaching (GRN) Audio Recordings
Primary Religion: Islam

Major Religion Percent
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 7.00 %)
26.00 %
Ethnic Religions
1.00 %
0.00 %
73.00 %
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
0.00 %

Christian Segments Percent
10.0 %
5.0 %
0.0 %
Other Christian
0.0 %
35.0 %
Roman Catholic
50.0 %
Photo Source: Oliver Stegen  
Map Source: Anonymous  
Profile Source: Anonymous  
Data Sources: Data is compiled from various sources. Read more

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