Sumbwa in Tanzania

Joshua Project has identified the Sumbwa only in Tanzania

Population

390,000

Christian

32%

Evangelical

5%

Largest Religion

Main Language

Progress


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Introduction / History

The Sumbwa people are scattered over a wide area in northern Tanzania. According to tradition, they originated in the far western part of the country, and many, many years ago they moved into the north central area of the country, where they conquered the local people and set up their own chiefdom. This area is considered the heart of the Sumbwa lands, although many Sumbwa live quite far from there.

Originally, the Sumbwa were hunters, but now they are mainly farmers. Cotton is their main cash crop, and they grow maize and cassava for food. Bee-keeping for the purpose of gathering honey is also one of their sources of food and income. Among the Sumbwa people there are Christians, Muslims, and followers of the traditional religion. A large percentage of the Sumbwa claim affiliation with the Roman Catholic church, which has been in the area for over one-hundred years. There are other Christian denominations in the area, but most have arrived only within the past ten years or so. Many Sumbwa still follow the traditional religion, while few of the Sumbwa are followers of Islam.




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Country Tanzania
Continent Africa
Region East and Southern Africa
10/40 Window No
Location in Country Shinyanga region, Bukombe District
People Group Map Sumbwa in Tanzania PDF Version



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People Name General Sumbwa
People Name in Country Sumbwa
ROP3 Code 109603
Joshua Project People ID 15120
Indigenous Yes
Population in Tanzania 390,000
Least-Reached No
Alternate Names for People Group
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Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Sumbwa 389,740
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Affinity Bloc Sub-Saharan Peoples
People Cluster Bantu, Central-Tanzania
People Name General Sumbwa
Ethnic Code NAB57o
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Largest Religion Ethnic Religions
Buddhism
0.00%
Christianity
32%    ( Evangelical  5% )
Ethnic Religions
45.00%
Hinduism
0.00%
Islam
23.00%
Non-Religious
0.00%
Other / Small
0.00%
Unknown
0.00%
Christian Segments
Anglican
10.00%
Independent
5.00%
Protestant
30.00%
Orthodox
0.00%
Other Christian
0.00%
Roman Catholic
55.00%
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