Oromo, Anfillo in Ethiopia

The Oromo, Anfillo have only been reported in Ethiopia
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Introduction / History

The Anfillo are from the Omotic language group and have linguistic similarity with Shakacho. The Anfillo people were originally speakers of the Nilo-Saharan language but, abandoning it, shifted to the Omotic language of their conquerors, the Busasi from Kefa when they fell under their domination in the seventeenth century AD. Because of the severe repression and slavery which they experienced under the Busasi, the Anfillo people fled from their original land to Anfillo which is located at the heartland of Wellega.

Coming into contact with the Oromo people of Wellega, once again they abandoned their Omotic language to become speakers of the Oromo language. Today the Southern Mao of the Anfillo people found around Anfillo in Oromiya Regional State are all native speakers of Oromiffa. The Mao are agriculturalists growing maize, durrha, tef, barley, beans, coffee, and enset. They make much use of honey and press beeswax into cakes which they sell in quantities. Cattle are scarce, but numerous goats and sheep are to be found. They are good hunters who could organize hunting lasting for a week. Their diet consists of milk and butter from sheep and goats.

According to Cerulli, the southern Mao have modeled their social and political organizations on that of their Sidama overlords, the Busasi, based on the Kefa feudal system. They have a hereditary king or chief (kedderaso) who rules through four clan heads (niho) who are elected by the elders. The Kedderaso himself is, in turn, subject to the chief (taro) of the Busasi, the Cushitic ruling class of the province.

In marriage, the custom is clan exogamous. Marriage is concluded by means of an exchange of brides between two clans, the bride, usually given to the other clan being the suitor's sister.


What Are Their Beliefs?

The Mao believe in a supreme being whom they call Yere, who has two assistants. The first, Sanci Gai, is the creator of the Mao to whom prayer is made in the event of an epidemic. The second, Karifo, is the lord of the rain, and prayers are made to him for the success of the harvest.


Prayer Points

* Scripture Prayers for the Oromo, Anfillo in Ethiopia.


Profile Source:   Dr. Samuel Kebreab  

People Name General Oromo, Anfillo
People Name in Country Oromo, Anfillo
World Population 600
Total Countries 1
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 4
Unreached No
Frontier People Group No
GSEC 0  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Pioneer Workers Needed
Alternate Names Southern Mao
People ID 10318
ROP3 Code 100342
Country Ethiopia
Region Africa, East and Southern
Continent Africa
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 28  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Location in Country Oromia region: Anfillo forest, west of Dembi Dolo.   Source:  Ethnologue 2016
Country Ethiopia
Region Africa, East and Southern
Continent Africa
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 28  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Location in Country Oromia region: Anfillo forest, west of Dembi Dolo..   Source:  Ethnologue 2016
Primary Language Oromo, West Central
Language Code gaz   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 2
Secondary Languages
Anfillo
Primary Language Oromo, West Central
Language Code gaz   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 2
Secondary Languages
  Anfillo
People Groups Speaking Oromo, West Central

Primary Language:  Oromo, West Central

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1841-1981)
Bible-New Testament Yes  (1876-1995)
Bible-Complete Yes  (1899-1998)
Bible-NT Audio Online
Possible Print Bibles
Amazon
Forum Bible Agencies
National Bible Societies
World Bible Finder
World Bibles
Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (GRN)
Audio Recordings Online New Testament (FCBH)
Audio Recordings Oral Bible
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video God's Story Video
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Oromo, West Central
Film / Video Magdalena (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video Story of Jesus for Children (JF Project)
Film / Video Yaadanii
General Four Spiritual Laws
General Got Questions Ministry
Text / Printed Matter World Missionary Press Booklets
Primary Religion: Unknown
Major Religion Percent
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 4.50 %)
9.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
0.00 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
91.00 %
Christian Segments Percent
Anglican
0.0 %
Independent
10.0 %
Orthodox
75.0 %
Other Christian
0.0 %
Protestant
15.0 %
Roman Catholic
0.0 %
Map Source Joshua Project / Global Mapping International  
Profile Source Dr. Samuel Kebreab  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more