Tshara-Tshao in Botswana


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Introduction / History

The Tsoa of Botswana live in 150 cattle posts and six villages among the scrub forests, deserts, and savannas of southwestern Central District and northeast Kweneng District in Botswana. They are a people group in Botswana and Zimbabwe, known for not owning land. Income for the Tsoa people derives from working for cattle owners, teen girls working as maids in villages, and others receiving money from the government.

In the cattle posts, the people build single room homes, 3 yards in circumference. The walls are wood post frames and the roof and walls are branches, grass, or discarded metal roofing. About five people live in one home. The people have no electricity.

Animism is the Tsoa people's religion. There are about 100 Christians. Some of the Tsoa men have a bag of bones, hoofs, and pieces of wood that they shake and throw on the ground to determine the cause of illness. There is a great need for the Bible in their own language. A lay leader mentioned that he taught with the Setswana scriptures, but people just talked among themselves and ignored him. When the man explained the Setswana scriptures in Tsoa, the people quieted down and listened attentively. Tsoa land is being rezoned by the government. The Tsoa are paid to move and stay in villages where there is no available work. There is widespread boredom and alcoholism.


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Profile Source:   Anonymous  

People Name General Tshara-Tshao
People Name in Country Tshara-Tshao
World Population 6,800
Total Countries 2
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 4
Unreached No
Frontier People Group No
Pioneer Workers Needed
Alternate Names Bushmen; Central Tshu; Gabake-Ntshori; Haise; Kwe-Etshori; Tshidi
People ID 12091
ROP3 Code 103764
Country Botswana
Region Africa, East and Southern
Continent Africa
10/40 Window No
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Location in Country Central district: especially Mahalapye and Serowe subdistricts; Kweneng district: Ghanzi and Kgatleng districts’ border areas; primarily cattleposts and settlements.   Source:  Ethnologue 2018
Country Botswana
Region Africa, East and Southern
Continent Africa
10/40 Window No
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Location in Country Central district: especially Mahalapye and Serowe subdistricts; Kweneng district: Ghanzi and Kgatleng districts’ border areas; primarily cattleposts and settlements..   Source:  Ethnologue 2018
Primary Language Tshuwau (2,400 speakers)
Language Code hio   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Unknown
Total Languages 1
Primary Language Tshuwau (2,400 speakers)
Language Code hio   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Tshuwau

Primary Language:  Tshuwau

Bible Translation Status:  Translation Started

Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (GRN)
Text / Printed Matter World Missionary Press Booklets
Primary Religion: Ethnic Religions
Major Religion Percent
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 5.00 %)
20.00 %
Ethnic Religions
80.00 %
Hinduism
0.00 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
Christian Segments Percent
Anglican
0.0 %
Independent
10.0 %
Orthodox
0.0 %
Other Christian
2.0 %
Protestant
88.0 %
Roman Catholic
0.0 %
Photo Source Anonymous 
Map Source Anonymous  
Profile Source Anonymous  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more

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