Tsamai in Ethiopia

Joshua Project has identified the Tsamai only in Ethiopia





Largest Religion

Main Language


Introduction / History

The Tsamai are a people group that live in the plain of the Weyt'o River. They may have been part of the Konso people and because of the raids from the Borana, had crossed the Sagan River to settle among the Banna and Dime and intermingled with them. They are neighbored by the Hamar and Banna, with whom they have built a strong alliance, on the west and south west, by the Arbore on the south, by the Gawada and Kerkert on the east and by the Maale on the north.

What Are Their Lives Like?

They are cultivators as well as keep livestock. They grow sorghum and maize. They use the hoe to cultivate the land. Their administrative and trade center is the Weyto town.

What Are Their Beliefs?

The Tsamako are predominantly followers of their ethnic religion which believes that the male and female star created the world.

Prayer Points

* Pray that the Lord will open the hearts of the Tsamai to hear the gospel and be followers of Christ.
* Ask God to raise laborers, especially from among the Konso, who are related to the Tsemai and have a good relationship with them, who will work to reach and intercede for the Tsamai.

Profile Source:   MANI 

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Global Prayer Digest: 2013-01-05
People Name General Tsamai
People Name in Country Tsamai
Population in Ethiopia 28,000
World Population 28,000
Countries 1
Progress Scale 1.2
Least-Reached Yes
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Kule), Shanqilla, Tsamako
Affinity Bloc Horn of Africa Peoples
People Cluster Omotic
People Name General Tsamai
Ethnic Code CMT33d
People ID 15589
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 Omo region, lowlands west of Lake Chamo.   Source:  Ethnologue 2010
Languages & Dialects on file:  1  (up to 20 largest shown)
Tsamai (28,000)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Tsamai 28,000
For Primary Language: Tsamai

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions No
New Testament No
Complete Bible No
Resource Format
Audio Bible teaching (GRN) Audio Recordings
Oral Bible Audio Recordings
Primary Religion: Ethnic Religions

Major Religion Percent
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 1.50 %)
2.00 %
Ethnic Religions
98.00 %
0.00 %
0.00 %
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
0.00 %

Christian Segments Percent
0.0 %
20.0 %
60.0 %
Other Christian
0.0 %
20.0 %
Roman Catholic
0.0 %
Photo Source: Anonymous  
Map Source: Bryan Nicholson / cartoMission  
Profile Source: MANI 
Data Sources: Data is compiled from various sources. Read more

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