Mijikenda, Giriama in Kenya

Joshua Project has identified the Mijikenda, Giriama only in Kenya
Population
869,000
Christian
Evangelical
Largest Religion
Main Language
Progress
Progress Gauge


Giriama People Video

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Introduction / History

The Giriama (Agiryama) people are Bantus living along the coastal areas of Kenya. They have migrated from Singwaya in the north eastern sides of Kenyan coast bordering the Oromo.


Where Are they Located?

They largely live along the Kenya coast, mostly found in the Kilifi and Malind district. They are found also sparsely in Mombasa and Kwale Districts of the coast province.


What Are Their Lives Like?

The Giriamas were largely famers, hunters and gatheres. They currently farm, though in really small scale. The crops they plannt include perennials like coconuts and cashewnuts which act as main cashcrops. They also plant Maise, Millet and peas. The Giriamas are largely social, leaving in extended families though recently the trend seems to be dropped. They live in Makuti thatched houses mostly which are mud walled, but recently iron sheets and brick structures have started to be common. Some take advanted of the close proximity to the Indian ocoean by fishing though is small scale. those that do this practise it purely for subsistance.


What Are Their Beliefs?

The Giriamas were originally traditionalist, believing in idols, called the Koma. They used to sacrifise at the Koma,nearly on weekely basis. Sacrifices included Alcohol (the tradiational Manazi) which is palm wine. They believe that the koma were actually the representatives of the living dead, they would therefor name the komas with names og all the elders that have gone befopre them. The koma was a curves piece of wood, and the eledest of them that have already gone before them was represented with a bigger peice of wood called the Kigango. When trouble befalls a family, they would sometime go to scarifice by the koma side, sometimes porridge and blood would be used. Th Giriama however are now largely migrating from these believes and majorly have become Christians, with some few becomeing muslims. There are afew however that stiil practise the tradition religion. They also believed in witchcraft.


What Are Their Needs?

The Giriamas need largely education and Evangelism. The preaching previously of the gospel was not of accepting the Lord Jesus the Christ but was rather on going to church which resulted inmany going to church whilst still practising their religion and traditional beliefs.


Prayer Points

* Breaking the yoke of traditional religion
* Removal of the bonage of curses
* Move of the Holy Ghost to teach on acceptance of Christ


Profile Source:   Renson Duka  
Expanded PDF Profile

People Name General Mijikenda, Giriama
People Name in Country Mijikenda, Giriama
Population in Kenya 869,000
World Population 869,000
Total Countries 1
Indigenous Yes
Least-Reached No
Progress Scale 5
GSEC 6  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Alternate Names Mijikenda
People ID 11904
ROP3 Code 103386
Country Kenya
Region East and Southern Africa
Continent Africa
10/40 Window No
Persecution Rank 16  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Location in Country Kilifi and Kwale counties: north of Mombasa; Tana River county.   Source:  Ethnologue 2016
Country Kenya
Region East and Southern Africa
Continent Africa
10/40 Window No
Persecution Rank 16  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Location in Country Kilifi and Kwale counties: north of Mombasa; Tana River county..   Source:  Ethnologue 2016

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Primary Language: Kigiryama   People group listing
Language Code: nyf   Ethnologue Listing
Written: Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Primary Dialect: Giryama
Dialect Code: 1037   Global Recordings Listing
Total Languages: 2
Secondary Languages:
Chichonyi-Chidzihana-Chikauma
Primary Language: Kigiryama   People group listing
Language Code: nyf   Ethnologue Listing
Primary Dialect: Giryama
Dialect Code: 1037   Global Recordings Listing
Total Languages: 2
Secondary Languages:
Chichonyi-Chidzihana-Chikauma
Primary Language: Kigiryama

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions Yes   (1848-1999)
New Testament Yes   (1901-2004)
Complete Bible Yes   (1901)
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World Bibles
Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (GRN)
Audio Recordings Online New Testament (FCBH)
Film / Video God's Story Video
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Kigiryama
Text / Printed Matter World Missionary Press Booklets
Primary Religion: Christianity
Religion Subdivision: Anglican

Major Religion Percent
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 48.00 %)
90.00 %
Ethnic Religions
5.00 %
Hinduism
0.00 %
Islam
5.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
Christian Segments Percent
Anglican
45.0 %
Independent
20.0 %
Orthodox
0.0 %
Other Christian
0.0 %
Protestant
25.0 %
Roman Catholic
10.0 %
Photo Source: Link Up Africa  
Video Source: LinkUp Africa
Profile Source: Renson Duka  
Data Sources: Data is compiled from various sources. Read more


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