Wanda, Wandia in Tanzania

Joshua Project has identified the Wanda only in Tanzania

Population

49,100

Christian

70%

Evangelical

8%

Largest Religion

Main Language

Progress


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Introduction / History

Oral tradition states that the Wanda people originally came from the Mwanga tribe of Zambia. A new chief set himself up in the valley south of Lake Rukwa and gathered followers. They became known as the Wanda, "the people who cut grass."

The Wanda live in a relatively small area far away from any main roads. There is a large river that cuts through the area and serves as the boundary between the Mbeya and Rukwa regions. During the rains, the river is impassable for vehicles due to rising water levels and the addition of crocodiles. A foot bridge joins two of the larger villages together.

The Wanda live in houses of fired mud brick with thatched roofs. Their dress is mainly western, although many women wear colorful African wraps called kangas.

Primarily the Wanda are agriculturalists growing millet, maize, rice, peanuts, and potatoes. Some also raise livestock, including cattle, goats, pigs, and chickens. Most of the Wanda people claim affiliation with the Roman Catholic Church. There are also other churches in the area, such as Moravian, Evangelical Assemblies of God, Evangelical Lutheran, and Grace Churches; however, few of the members are Wanda. It was reported that there are no Wanda Muslims. The traditional religion is reported to still exist, but it is not openly practiced.




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Country Tanzania
Continent Africa
Region East and Southern Africa
10/40 Window No
Location in Country Mbeya region, Mbozi District; Rukwa region, Sumbawanga Rural District
People Group Map Wanda, Wandia in Tanzania PDF Version



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People Name General Wanda
People Name in Country Wanda, Wandia
ROP3 Code 110663
Joshua Project People ID 15851
Indigenous Yes
Population in Tanzania 49,100
Least-Reached No
Alternate Names for People Group Wandia,
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Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Wanda 49,075
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Affinity Bloc Sub-Saharan Peoples
People Cluster Bantu, Central-Tanzania
People Name General Wanda
Ethnic Code NAB57o
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Largest Religion Christianity
Buddhism
0.00%
Christianity
70%    ( Evangelical  8% )
Ethnic Religions
30.00%
Hinduism
0.00%
Islam
0.00%
Non-Religious
0.00%
Other / Small
0.00%
Unknown
0.00%
Christian Segments
Anglican
0.00%
Independent
0.00%
Protestant
40.00%
Orthodox
0.00%
Other Christian
0.00%
Roman Catholic
60.00%
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