Bamasaba Masaba in Uganda


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Main Language
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Introduction / History

The Bamasaaba are a large Bantu people group who live in eastern Uganda, Mbale and Sironko Districts, adjacent to Mt. Elgon at the Kenyan border. They migrated from Kenya and were the first people to inhabit the western and southwestern slopes of Mt. Elgon (known as Mt. Masaba by the locals). The area is considered the food-basket of Uganda and is also known for producing high-quality Arabica coffee, the main cash crop.

The Bamasaaba are subsistence farmers, growing bananas, sweet and Irish potatoes, cabbage, tomatoes, maize, beans, carrots, passion fruit and onions. They also raise cattle and other livestock and trade on a small scale. The main custom that distinguishes them from other tribes is their tradition of male circumcision. They see this rite as their defining feature as a tribe. They also have different naming rituals and worship a different local god than their neighbors although the majority belongs to one of the many Christian churches in the area. The problem they face is the dense population and minimal land; a father's land is inherited by all of his sons, so the land is being divided further and further into very small plots.


Where Are they Located?

They live in the Mbale, Sironko, Bududa, Manafa and Bulambuli districts of Uganda.


What Are Their Needs?

They need proper housing; especially housing situations that can withstand floods and landslides. They also need clean drinking water.


Prayer Points

Scripture Prayers for the Masaba, Bamasaba in Uganda.


Profile Source:   Anonymous  

People Name General Masaba
People Name in Country Masaba, Bamasaba
Natural Name Bamasaba Masaba
Alternate Names Gishu; Gisu
Population this Country 2,296,000
Population all Countries 2,364,000
Total Countries 2
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 5
Unreached No
Frontier People Group No
GSEC 1  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Pioneer Workers Needed
People ID 13561
ROP3 Code 106370
ROP25 Code 305236
ROP25 Name Masaba
Country Uganda
Region Africa, East and Southern
Continent Africa
10/40 Window No
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Location in Country Bududa, Bukedea, and Kapchorwa, Manafwa, Mbale, and Sironko districts; Mount Elgon area.   Source:  Ethnologue 2016
Country Uganda
Region Africa, East and Southern
Continent Africa
10/40 Window No
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Location in Country Bududa, Bukedea, and Kapchorwa, Manafwa, Mbale, and Sironko districts; Mount Elgon area..   Source:  Ethnologue 2016
Primary Religion: Christianity
Major Religion Percent
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 32.00 %)
83.00 %
Ethnic Religions
10.00 %
Hinduism
0.00 %
Islam
5.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
2.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
Primary Language Masaaba (2,296,000 speakers)
Language Code myx   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 1
Primary Language Masaaba (2,296,000 speakers)
Language Code myx   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Masaaba

Primary Language:  Masaaba

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1904-1910)
Bible-New Testament Yes  (1977-2011)
Bible-Complete Yes  (2016-2017)
FCBH NT (www.bible.is) Online
YouVersion NT (www.bible.com) Online
Possible Print Bibles
Amazon
World Bibles
Forum Bible Agencies
National Bible Societies
World Bible Finder
Virtual Storehouse
Resource Type Resource Name Source
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching Global Recordings Network
Audio Recordings DAVAR Partners recording, Old Testament DAVAR Partners International
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Masaaba Jesus Film Project
Film / Video LUMO film of Gospels Bible Media Group/LUMO
Film / Video World Christian Videos World Christian Videos
General Bible for Children Bible for Children
General Faith Comes By Hearing - Bible in text or audio or video Faith Comes by Hearing
General Faith Comes By Hearing - Bible in text or audio or video Faith Comes by Hearing
General Faith Comes By Hearing - Bible in text or audio or video Faith Comes by Hearing
General Scripture Earth Gospel resources links Scripture Earth
General YouVersion Bible versions in text and/or audio YouVersion Bibles
Mobile App Android Bible app: Masaaba YouVersion Bibles
Mobile App Download audio Bible app as APK file Faith Comes by Hearing
Mobile App Download audio Bible app from Google Play Store Faith Comes by Hearing
Mobile App iOS Bible app: Masaaba YouVersion Bibles
Text / Printed Matter Literacy primer for Masaaba Literacy & Evangelism International
Text / Printed Matter Topical Scripture booklets and Bible studies World Missionary Press
Photo Source Catherine Mabongor 
Map Source Anonymous  
Profile Source Anonymous 
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Learn more.



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