Sonjo in Tanzania

Joshua Project has identified the Sonjo only in Tanzania





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Introduction / History

The Sonjo call themselves Temi. The Sonjo are a traditional people who live in the midst of a Maasai region in the northwest corner of Tanzania. Like the Maasai, the Sonjo continue to hold on to traditional beliefs, customs, and lifestyle. They still build their round one-room houses of sticks with thatch roofs. The people continue to wear "shukas," colored cloth worn in a toga style, much like the Maasai.

They maintain a warrior class consisting of young men who have gone through the rites of passage. In the past the Sonjo people have been known for their conflict with the Maasai, though at present there appears to be peace. Some villages, nevertheless, still boast an impressive gate which previously connected a protective wall around the inner village to protect them from the Maasai.

Although Christianity had reached into the villages of the Sonjo, the overall response has been very slow and in some cases hostile. Their traditional religion is strong, and its adherents have focused efforts to frighten young Christians back into traditional beliefs. Nonetheless, their culture does have a door through which Christianity may enter: they believe that their god once lived among them and has promised to return.

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Global Prayer Digest: 2010-01-19
People Name General Sonjo
People Name in Country Sonjo
Population in Tanzania 43,000
World Population 43,000
Countries 1
Progress Scale 2.2
Least-Reached No
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Batemi, Temi, Watemi
Affinity Bloc Sub-Saharan Peoples
People Cluster Bantu, Central-Lakes
People Name General Sonjo
Ethnic Code NAB57d
People ID 14997
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 Arusha region, Ngorongoro District, north central near Kenya border, Maasai area. 7 villages: Sale (Eroghata), Mdito, Samunge (Soyeta), Digodigo (Ebwe), Kisangiro (Raghari), Mugholo (Gheeri), Oldonyo Sambu (Kura).   Source:  Ethnologue 2010
Languages & Dialects on file:  1  (up to 20 largest shown)
Temi: Sonjo (43,000)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Temi: Sonjo 43,000
For Primary Language: Temi

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: Ethnic Religions

Major Religion Percent
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 1.50 %)
10.00 %
Ethnic Religions
90.00 %
0.00 %
0.00 %
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
0.00 %

Christian Segments Percent
0.0 %
5.0 %
0.0 %
Other Christian
0.0 %
35.0 %
Roman Catholic
60.0 %
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