Mangbetu, Amangbetu in Congo, Democratic Republic of


Population
1,575,000
Christian
Evangelical
Largest Religion
Main Language
Progress
Progress Gauge

Introduction / History

The name Mangbetu refers to a large people group of the northeastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). The major subgroups are the Mangbetu, Meegye, Makere, Malele, Popoi and Abelu. The Mangbetu area is one of both forest and savannah. The economy is a mixture of agriculture, small animal husbandry, hunting, fishing and gathering. Cash crops have included palm oil, coffee, peanuts, rice, bananas, and maize.

Until very recently, the Mangbetu were one of a small number of Congolese peoples who paid death compensations. A person who died was considered to have done so "in the hands of" his father's family group. This meant that the father's group had to compensate the mother's group, regardless of the circumstances of death. Their traditional belief system includes a complex of ideas about witchcraft and sorcery. One such idea is that the power of witchcraft resides in an appendage of the small intestine, which is inherited by girls from their mother and by boys from their father.

A Mangbetu kingdom was already highly developed at the time of first contact with Europeans. However, compared to some of their neighbors, the group has advanced little in the areas of education and economics.

A Bible translation project in Mangbetu was started in 1980, and three booklets of New Testament selections have been published. Although literacy rather than translation was emphasized in the 1990s, translation work has begun again.


Profile Source:   Anonymous  

People Name General Mangbetu
People Name in Country Mangbetu, Amangbetu
Population in Congo, Democratic Republic of 1,575,000
World Population 1,659,000
Total Countries 2
Indigenous Yes
Least-Reached No
Progress Scale 5
GSEC 4  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Alternate Names Amangbetu, Makere
People ID 13501
Country Congo, Democratic Republic of
Region West and Central Africa
Continent Africa
10/40 Window No
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Location in Country Orientale province: Rungu, Niangara, Poko, Watsa, Wamba, and northeast corner of Banalia territories. Popoi in Banalia territory; Aberu in Wamba territory.   Source:  Ethnologue 2016
Country Congo, Democratic Republic of
Region West and Central Africa
Continent Africa
10/40 Window No
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Location in Country Orientale province: Rungu, Niangara, Poko, Watsa, Wamba, and northeast corner of Banalia territories. Popoi in Banalia territory; Aberu in Wamba territory..   Source:  Ethnologue 2016

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Ethnologue Language Map

Primary Language: Mangbetu   People group listing
Language Code: mdj   Ethnologue Listing
Written: Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages: 2
Secondary Languages:
Lombi
Primary Language: Mangbetu   People group listing
Language Code: mdj   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages: 2
Secondary Languages:
Lombi
Primary Language: Mangbetu

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions Yes   (2006-2007)
New Testament No
Complete Bible No
 
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Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (GRN)
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Mangbetu
Primary Religion: Christianity
Religion Subdivision: Roman Catholic

Major Religion Percent
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 20.00 %)
98.00 %
Ethnic Religions
2.00 %
Hinduism
0.00 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
Christian Segments Percent
Anglican
0.0 %
Independent
15.0 %
Orthodox
0.0 %
Other Christian
5.0 %
Protestant
25.0 %
Roman Catholic
55.0 %
Profile Source: Anonymous  
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