Mukogodo, Yaaku in Kenya

Joshua Project has identified the Mukogodo, Yaaku only in Kenya





Largest Religion

Main Language


Introduction / History

The Mukogodo were the earliest speakers of an Afroasiatic Cushitic language to immigrate into Kenya. Their original fathers were from Ethiopia. Today they represent the Yaaku speakers who are called Mukogodo. The name "Yaaku" speaking is given to them by southern nilotes, which means, "hunting people." They inhabit the area northwest of Mount Kenya Doldol.

They are herders as well as farmers, but herding is the more common occupation. They also practice bee keeping. Other farming or herding communities assimilated many of them. For instance, the Maasai. Therefore, some have exchanged their language and culture for that of the Maasai. Now they are considered as a sub-tribe of Maasai and speak the Maa language. Warriorship and age-set grouping is akin to that of the Maasais. Life is organized around cattle herding and raiding activities. Religion is characterized by traditional monotheism, just like the Maasai traditional religion. Their god is appeased through animal sacrifices.

In addition, they also practice animism. Since the Mokogodo do not have an Oloibni (priest/prophet/soothsayer), they seek assistance from the Maasai Oloiboni. An Anglican church has been planted among them, but their openness to Christianity and religious change is still uncertain.

Profile Source:   Anonymous  

People Name General Mukogodo, Yaaku
People Name in Country Mukogodo, Yaaku
Population in Kenya 600
World Population 600
Countries 1
Progress Scale 2.2
Least-Reached No
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Mukogodo, Ndorobo, Yaaku
Affinity Bloc Sub-Saharan Peoples
People Cluster Khoisan
People Name General Mukogodo, Yaaku
Ethnic Code BYG11b
People ID 15927
Country Kenya
Region East and Southern Africa
Continent Africa
10/40 Window No
Persecution Rank 19  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Location in Country Laikipia District, Mukogodo Division, Mukogodo Forest west of Doldol, foothills north of Mt. Kenya.   Source:  Ethnologue 2010

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Enthologue Language Map

Ethnolinguistic map from University of Texas or other map

Languages & Dialects on file:  1  (up to 20 largest shown)
Yaaku (600)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Yaaku 600
For Primary Language: Yaaku

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Translation Need Questionable
Resource Format
None reported  
Primary Religion: Ethnic Religions

Major Religion Percent
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.70 %)
6.00 %
Ethnic Religions
94.00 %
0.00 %
0.00 %
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
0.00 %

Christian Segments Percent
0.0 %
0.0 %
0.0 %
Other Christian
0.0 %
60.0 %
Roman Catholic
40.0 %
Profile Source: Anonymous  
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