Tatoga, Taturu-Gisamjang in Tanzania

Joshua Project has identified the Tatoga, Taturu-Gisamjang only in Tanzania





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Introduction / History

The most general name for this widely dispersed ethnic group is Datooga. The best known and most numerous sub-tribe of the Datooga peoples are the pastoral Barabaig, who reside chiefly in that part of the northern volcanic highlands dominated by Mount Hanang (3418m), whose scared nature makes it an important theme in Barabaig myth and song.

The Datooga keep goats, sheep, donkeys and a few chickens, but cattle are by far the most important domestic animal. The meat, fat, blood, milk, hide, horns, tendons and cow dung of every animal have either practical or ritual purposes. They were formerly nomadic, depending largely on milk products for their diet, and moving whenever the needs of their cattle dictated. Now, however, many farm a plot of maize and sometimes beans and millet.

The Datooga themselves blend in with their environment, their dress being the color of the reddish brown soil. Only on closer inspection will they appear colorful with their reddish, patched leather dresses, bead work, and brass bracelets and necklaces.

The Datooga are a proud people, with a reputation as fierce warriors. Traditionally, young men had to prove themselves by killing an "enemy of the people", defined as any human being not a Datooga, or one of the dangerous wild animals, such as elephant, lion or buffalo.

They are resistant to cultural change, including belief in Christianity, maintaining a strong adherence to traditional animist beliefs and practices. Since most Datooga do not speak Swahili, the national language of Tanzania, and very few are literate, communication of the gospel must be in their own language, using the traditional media of story-telling and songs. Like animists the world over, the good news of Jesus Christ is very relevant to their needs, once communication can be established.

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People Name General Tatoga, Taturu-Gisamjang
People Name in Country Tatoga, Taturu-Gisamjang
Population in Tanzania 11,000
World Population 11,000
Countries 1
Progress Scale 3.1
Least-Reached No
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Gisamjang
Affinity Bloc Sub-Saharan Peoples
People Cluster Nilotic
People Name General Tatoga, Taturu-Gisamjang
Ethnic Code NAB62g
People ID 18375
Country Tanzania
Region East and Southern Africa
Continent Africa
10/40 Window No
Persecution Rank 33  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Location in Country Singida and Manyara regions; Mara region, Bunda and Serengeti districts. Barabaig mainly in north volcanic highlands near Mt. Hanang.   Source:  Ethnologue 2010
Languages & Dialects on file:  1  (up to 20 largest shown)
Datooga: Gisamjanga (11,000)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Datooga: Gisamjanga 11,000
For Primary Language: Datooga

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions Yes
New Testament Yes   (2009)
Complete Bible No
Audio Bible Online
Resource Format
Audio Bible teaching (GRN) Audio Recordings
Online New Testament (FCBH) Audio Recordings
Primary Religion: Ethnic Religions

Major Religion Percent
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 4.00 %)
25.00 %
Ethnic Religions
75.00 %
0.00 %
0.00 %
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
0.00 %

Christian Segments Percent
0.0 %
5.0 %
0.0 %
Other Christian
0.0 %
35.0 %
Roman Catholic
60.0 %
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Profile Source: Anonymous  
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