Teuso in Uganda





Largest Religion

Main Language


Introduction / History

The Ik live in the Karamoja region in the northeastern corner of Uganda in East Africa. This people group has maintained its separate cultural identity and unique language. The primary economic activity of the Ik is farming. They mainly grow millet, maize and tobacco. But in spite of the dominant role played by agriculture in the traditional economy, hunting and gathering are also important economic activities.They also trap white ants and collect honey.

The Ik are divided into twelve exogamous patriclans.The order reflects the relative size of the clans. The men are divided in age groups.The most important social and religious event in the annual cycle is "itówé-és" (the "blessing the seeds" ceremony) that lasts three days in late December/early January and marks the beginning of the agricultural year. The second most important Ik ceremony is called "dzíber-ika mes" (the beer of the axes). Like "itówé-és", "dzíber-ika mes" is also related to farming (November or December), to bless the agricultural tools with beer. Of almost equal importance is "múnúm-és" (opening the harvest), which is celebrated around August. In the 1950's Catholic missionaries were reaching out to the Ik and baptizing. Most Ik belong to the Catholic Church but the priest visits the Ik only once a year. The Ik do not have the Bible in their language and do not have much knowledge of the Bible.

Profile Source:   Anonymous  

People Name General Teuso
People Name in Country Teuso
Population in Uganda 17,000
World Population 18,000
Countries 2
Progress Scale 3.2
Least-Reached No
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Ik, Ngulak
Affinity Bloc Sub-Saharan Peoples
People Cluster Khoisan
People Name General Teuso
Ethnic Code BYG11b
People ID 15453
Country Uganda
Region East and Southern Africa
Continent Africa
10/40 Window No
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Location in Country Northeast Karamoja.   Source:  Ethnologue 2010
Languages & Dialects on file:  1  (up to 20 largest shown)
Ik (17,000)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Ik 17,000
For Primary Language: Ik

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions No
New Testament No
Complete Bible No
Resource Format
Audio Bible teaching (GRN) Audio Recordings
Primary Religion: Christianity
Religion Subdivision: Anglican

Major Religion Percent
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 34.00 %)
95.00 %
Ethnic Religions
5.00 %
0.00 %
0.00 %
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
0.00 %

Christian Segments Percent
55.0 %
10.0 %
0.0 %
Other Christian
0.0 %
10.0 %
Roman Catholic
25.0 %
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Map Source: Bernard Heine  
Profile Source: Anonymous  
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