Reshiat, Daasanach in Kenya

Population

14,000

Christian

5.0%

Evangelical

2.0%

Largest Religion

Main Language

Progress


Profile Source: Anonymous


Introduction / History

The Daasanach are a people with a fairly recent history. Their ties to one another have resulted from a common place of residence rather than from heredity. Exiles from many groups around the area of north Lake Turkana have united in support of one another in this hostile, arid environment. They have developed a unique tradition and culture, and are open to the inclusion of other immigrants who are willing to abide by Daasanach customs and values.

Until the turn of the century, very little was known of the Daasanach, sometimes called the Merille. At that time, formal borders were created for many African countries, and the Daasanach found their traditional lands divided between Sudan, Ethiopia and Kenya. Since then, these semi-nomadic people have moved as freely as possible across the borders of these countries, but this movement is being more and more restricted by border posts and entry formalities.

The Daasanach are known for their fighting prowess and are feared by many neighboring groups, such as the Gabbra and Turkana. Raids to obtain more cattle are celebrated, and Daasanach warriors are proud of the number of enemy they have killed. Their unique culture is valued, and the Daasanach are reluctant to adopt outside technology. Irrigation systems to aid in agriculture were introduced to this area by American missionaries in the 1960's, but these systems have been disregarded since foreigners were expelled from Ethiopia after the overthrow of Emperor Haile Selassie in 1974.

Today church work is being carried out in Kenya where only ten percent of the Daasanach people live. Here there are very few Daasanach Christians. What is left of earlier church work in Ethiopia is unknown.




Profile Source: Anonymous

Expanded PDF Profile

People Name General Reshiat, Daasanach
People Name in Country Reshiat, Daasanach
Population in Kenya 14,000
Progress Scale 1.2
Least-Reached Yes
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Daasanech, Galeba, Guleb, Marille, Merille, Reshait, Reshiat
Affinity Bloc Horn of Africa Peoples
People Cluster Omotic
People Name General Reshiat, Daasanach
Ethnic Code CMT33d
Country Kenya
Continent Africa
Region East and Southern Africa
10/40 Window No
Location in Country Eastern Province, Marsabit District, Lake Turkana northeast shore, Illeret area
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Daasanach (14,000)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Daasanach 14,000
Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions Yes   (2000-2006)
New Testament No
Complete Bible No
Category Resource
Audio Recordings Global Recordings
Largest Religion Ethnic Religions
Buddhism
0.00%
Christianity
5%    ( Evangelical  2.0% )
Ethnic Religions
95.00%
Hinduism
0.00%
Islam
0.00%
Non-Religious
0.00%
Other / Small
0.00%
Unknown
0.00%
Christian Segments
Anglican
0.00%
Independent
10.00%
Protestant
60.00%
Orthodox
0.00%
Other Christian
0.00%
Roman Catholic
30.00%
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Map Source: Anonymous
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