Gamo is the name of people and their land according to "Gamo Gofa Hiziboch Tarik". The name Gamo means "Lion" and the people are heroic and strong. The people are one of the main tribes of Ethiopia. Their primary means of subsistence is mixed agriculture. Secondarily, they practice weaving. The land of Gamo has the country's second highest mountain. The people are very connected to nature and have an advanced indigenous culture.
They are located in the southwest part of the country which is part of the East African Rift Valley. The region contains two Rift Valley lakes and the Nech Sar national park, where the Gamo live.
Most of the people live in the highland area and practice mixed agriculture. Weaving is important as well and they are known for this skill. The people are still poor because of subsistence agriculture and land degradation.
Previously they believed in nature like mountains, rivers and the like. But now Protestantism is dominant, followed by Orthodox Christianity. Nevertheless, they continue to follow some traditional beliefs.
There is a lack of education and road access to join the lowland Gamo region with the highland region. Most children lack sufficient food to survive.
|Profile Source: Anonymous|
|Region||East and Southern Africa|
|Persecution Rank||22 (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)|
|Location in Country||Southern Nations, Nationalities, and Peoples’ region: Gamo-Gofa zone.. Source: Ethnologue 2016|
|Primary Language||Gamo (1,623,000 speakers)|
|Language Code||gmv Ethnologue Listing|
|Language Written||Yes ScriptSource Listing|
|People Groups||Speaking Gamo|
Primary Language: Gamo
|Bible Translation ▲||Status (Years)|
|Bible-New Testament||Yes (2011)|
|Possible Print Bibles|
|Forum of Bible Agencies|
|World Bible Finder|
|Resource Type ▲||Resource Name|
|Audio Recordings||Audio Bible teaching (GRN)|
|Audio Recordings||Online New Testament - Gamo (FCBH)|
|Audio Recordings||Oral Bible|
|Film / Video||Jesus Film: view in Gamo|
|Film / Video||Magdalena (Jesus Film Project)|
|Text / Printed Matter||Bible: Ooratha Caaqo Maxaafa Gamoththo|
|Text / Printed Matter||Bible: ኦራ ጫቆ ማፃፋ ጋሞ|
|Major Religion ▲||Percent *|
|Christianity (Evangelical 49.00 %)||
|Other / Small||
|Christian Segments ▲||Percent|