Teso in Uganda





Largest Religion

Main Language


Introduction / History

The Iteso comprise the second-largest ethnic group in Uganda at 4,000,000 speakers by 2000 and a significant portion of the non-Bantu-speaking minority in Kenya's Western Province. The Iteso of Uganda have not been well described, but significant studies exist of the political and economic dimensions of colonial rule in their territory. For the Iteso of Kenya, there are substantial studies of social organization, social change, and ritual processes. The Iteso have an undeserved reputation in Kenya for cultural conservatism, whereas in Uganda they have been described as being among the most economically adaptable of people. In common with many of the peoples of the Kenya-Uganda border region, they have a history of extensive multi-ethnic contact and have come to share many customs with neighboring peoples, although not at the expense of their identity or cultural distinctiveness. 1979, it was estimated that there were 150,000 Iteso in Kenya. Current statistics put it at approximately 400,000. Teso is the largest of all the nilotics groups in the region though they are politically not active due to the

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People Name General Teso
People Name in Country Teso
Population in Uganda 2,270,000
World Population 2,659,000
Countries 2
Progress Scale 3.2
Least-Reached No
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Iteso
Affinity Bloc Sub-Saharan Peoples
People Cluster Nilotic
People Name General Teso
Ethnic Code NAB62q
People ID 15448
Country Uganda
Region East and Southern Africa
Continent Africa
10/40 Window No
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Location in Country East, Katakwi (mainly), Soroti, Kaberamaido, Kumi, Pallisa, and Tororo districts. Lokathan, Madial area, Nangeya Mountains north end.   Source:  Ethnologue 2010

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Enthologue Language Map

Languages & Dialects on file:  1  (up to 20 largest shown)
Teso (2,270,000)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Teso 2,270,000
For Primary Language: Teso

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions Yes   (1910-1992)
New Testament Yes   (1930-1966)
Complete Bible Yes   (1961)
Audio Bible Online
Resource Format
Audio Bible teaching (GRN) Audio Recordings
Bible: Bible 1961 Text / Printed Matter
Four Spiritual Laws General
Jesus Film: view in Teso Film / Video
Online New Testament (FCBH) Audio Recordings
World Missionary Press Booklets Text / Printed Matter
Primary Religion: Christianity
Religion Subdivision: Roman Catholic

Major Religion Percent
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 37.00 %)
98.00 %
Ethnic Religions
2.00 %
0.00 %
0.00 %
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
0.00 %

Christian Segments Percent
25.0 %
10.0 %
0.0 %
Other Christian
0.0 %
10.0 %
Roman Catholic
55.0 %
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