Gurage, Sebat Bet in Ethiopia

Joshua Project has identified the Gurage, Sebat Bet only in Ethiopia





Largest Religion

Main Language


Introduction / History

The Sebat-bet (seven houses) Gurage live in the south-central highlands of Ethiopia. The Gurage are known all over Ethiopia for their prowess in trade. While they consider themselves one people, there are 11 dialects of the Sebat-bet Gurage language, Guraginya. Most of the Gurage people are Muslim, though they are currently and religiously divided along dialect lines.

The New Testament is available in the Chehc dialect of Guraginya but only very few people know how to read it. Most churches in the area preach in the national language with some interpretations into local language. The Gurage people need a large scale literacy program to enable them to read the New Testament in their own language. Also one of the dialects of Guraginya, Inor, will need to have their own translation to ensure that people can understand God's word clearly. Speakers of the Endegeny dialect will be able to read the Scriptures in Inor. The others can understand the Scriptures in cheha.

Profile Source:   Anonymous  

People Name General Gurage, Sebat Bet
People Name in Country Gurage, Sebat Bet
Population in Ethiopia 427,000
World Population 427,000
Countries 1
Progress Scale 3.2
Least-Reached No
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Central West Gurage, Chaha, Enor, Gimer, Gurage, Peripheral West
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 West Gurage region. Chaha in Emdibir area; Gura in Gura Megenase and Wirir areas; Muher in Ch'eza area, mountains north of Chaha and Ezha; Gyeto south of Ark'it' in K'abul and K'want'e; Ezha in Agenna.   Source:  Ethnologue 2010
Languages & Dialects on file:  1  (up to 20 largest shown)
Sebat Bet Gurage (427,000)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Sebat Bet Gurage 427,000
For Primary Language: Sebat Bet Gurage

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions Yes   (1979-2000)
New Testament Yes   (1983)
Complete Bible No
Audio Bible Online
Resource Format
Audio Bible teaching (GRN) Audio Recordings
God's Story Video Film / Video
Jesus Film: view in Sebat Bet Gurage Film / Video
Magdalena (Jesus Film Project) Film / Video
Online New Testament (FCBH) Audio Recordings
Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project) Audio Recordings
Primary Religion: Christianity
Religion Subdivision: Orthodox

Major Religion Percent
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 8.30 %)
64.00 %
Ethnic Religions
4.00 %
0.00 %
32.00 %
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
0.00 %

Christian Segments Percent
0.0 %
5.0 %
80.0 %
Other Christian
0.0 %
15.0 %
Roman Catholic
0.0 %
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Profile Source: Anonymous  
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