Awi in Ethiopia

Joshua Project has identified the Awi only in Ethiopia





Largest Religion

Main Language


Introduction / History

The Awngi language is spoken by the Awi people, who live mainly in Awi Zone in Amhara Region, but also in Dangur District of Metekel Zone of Benishangul Gumuz Region and in Q'uara and Alefa Districts of North Gonder Zone of Amhara Region in Northern Ethiopia. The North Gonder Zone Awis have previously been called Kunfäl. Awis are predominantly farmers (using a plow) and very similar in culture to Amharas. The North Gonder Zone Awis, however, are very different in culture to the rest of the group. There are three subgroups: the Awigna, the Himtigna and the Kimantigna.

What Are Their Beliefs?

Awis are strongly Ethiopian Orthodox Christians and very resistant to any form of Protestant Christianity. The Awi people accepted Orthodox Christianity hundred of years ago, and therefore they have integrated it into their culture.

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Global Prayer Digest: 2009-01-30
People Name General Awi
People Name in Country Awi
Population in Ethiopia 902,000
World Population 902,000
Countries 1
Progress Scale 2.2
Least-Reached No
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Agau, Agaw, Agew, Awawar, Awiya, Awngi, Damot, Kwollanyoch, Southern Agau
Affinity Bloc Horn of Africa Peoples
People Cluster Ethio-Semitic
People Name General Awi
Ethnic Code CMT33a
People ID 15030
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 Awi Zone, Amhara region, southwest of Lake Tana, scattered in Agew Midir and Metekel.   Source:  Ethnologue 2010
Languages & Dialects on file:  1  (up to 20 largest shown)
Awngi (902,000)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Awngi 902,000
For Primary Language: Awngi

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions Yes   (2009)
New Testament No
Complete Bible No
Resource Format
Audio Bible teaching (GRN) Audio Recordings
Jesus Film: view in Awngi Film / Video
Primary Religion: Christianity
Religion Subdivision: Orthodox

Major Religion Percent
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.20 %)
99.50 %
Ethnic Religions
0.50 %
0.00 %
0.00 %
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
0.00 %

Christian Segments Percent
0.0 %
5.0 %
65.0 %
Other Christian
0.0 %
30.0 %
Roman Catholic
0.0 %
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