Turkana in Kenya

Population

1,104,000

Christian

Evangelical

Largest Religion

Main Language

Progress


Introduction / History

The Turkana people are the second largest of the pastoral people of Kenya. They occupy the far northwest corner of the nation, an area of about 67,000 square kilometers.

Around 1700, the Turkana emigrated from the Uganda area over a period of years. They took over the area which is the Turkana district today by simply displacing the existing people of the area. Turkana warriors today still take pride in their reputation as the most fearless fighters in East Africa.

The biggest events for life of Turkana are marriage and child birth. Other cultural rituals such as circumcision are completed with little ceremony. The marriage however, may be in process for as long as three years. Subsequent to the payment of bride price, the wife to be is brought into the home of her husband. The wedding ceremony is not performed until after at least one healthy child is weaned.

Adherence to the traditional religion is weak and seems almost nonchalant among the Turkana. Therefore, if the message of Christ's deliverance is introduced to these people, they would accept it wholeheartedly.



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People Name General Turkana
People Name in Country Turkana
Population in Kenya 1,104,000
Progress Scale 3.2
Least-Reached No
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names
Affinity Bloc Sub-Saharan Peoples
People Cluster Nilotic
People Name General Turkana
Ethnic Code NAB62r
Country Kenya
Region East and Southern Africa
Continent Africa
10/40 Window No
Persecution Rank 43  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution rankinging, )
Location in Country Rift Valley Province, Turkana, Samburu, Trans-Nzoia, Laikipia, Isiolo districts, west and south of Lake Turkana; Turkwel and Kerio rivers
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Turkana (1,104,000)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Turkana 1,104,000
Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions Yes   (1972-1994)
New Testament Yes   (1986)
Complete Bible No
Audio Bible Online
Category Resource
Audio Recordings Global Recordings
Audio Recordings Online New Testament (FCBH)
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Turkana
Scripture World Missionary Press Booklets

Major Religion Percent
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 20.00 %)
48.00 %
Ethnic Religions
52.00 %
Hinduism
0.00 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %

Christian Segments Percent
Anglican
0.0 %
Independent
70.0 %
Orthodox
0.0 %
Other Christian
0.0 %
Protestant
20.0 %
Roman Catholic
10.0 %
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Profile Source: Anonymous  
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