Matengo in Tanzania

The Matengo have only been reported in Tanzania
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Introduction / History

The Matengo people live in Tanzania and Mozambique, a country that gained her independence from Portugal in 1975.


What Are Their Lives Like?

The Matengo are primarily an agricultural people. The men grow coffee as a cash crop while the women cultivate cassava, beans and maize for regular consumption. Ugali is a thick corn porridge; that is their staple meal. They raise livestock as well, but that is secondary. They have developed a method of farming on hillsides which prevents soil erosion and allows for soil nutrients to remain.

Their family structure allows for a man to marry more than one wife and the lineage is through his side of the family. She must rent land from her father-in-law to grow their staple crops. Matengo homes are usually one room which includes the kitchen and sleeping areas. Matengo folklore often involves talking animals and families.


What Are Their Beliefs?

In Tanzania the gospel has made great inroads into Matengo society. Though there is a large Christian minority among them in Mozambique, their spiritual lives are primarily about the spirit world.


What Are Their Needs?

The Matengo people need to put all their faith and hope in Jesus Christ, King of kings.


Prayer Points

Pray for the Lord to provide them with abundant crops this year as a demonstration of his love and power.

Pray for the gospel to have a greater impact on the Matengo people in Mozambique.

Pray for Matengo disciplers to make more disciples.


Scripture Prayers for the Matengo in Tanzania.


References

https://www.oxfordreference.com/display/10.1093/oi/authority.20110803100139715;jsessionid=7DA58BFF7CA45CA822B17272FCB25100#:~:text=Ethnic%20group%20of%20southeastern%20Africa,200%2C000%20people%20consider%20themselves%20Matengo.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Matengo_people

https://www.jstor.org/stable/1158978


Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

People Name General Matengo
People Name in Country Matengo
Alternate Names
Population this Country 470,000
Population all Countries 470,000
Total Countries 1
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 5
Unreached No
Frontier People Group No
GSEC 1  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Pioneer Workers Needed
People ID 13584
ROP3 Code 106401
ROP25 Code 305269
ROP25 Name Matengo
Country Tanzania
Region Africa, East and Southern
Continent Africa
10/40 Window No
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Location in Country Ruvuma region: southwest, east of Lake Malawi. Possibly also in Malawi.   Source:  Ethnologue 2016
Country Tanzania
Region Africa, East and Southern
Continent Africa
10/40 Window No
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Location in Country Ruvuma region: southwest, east of Lake Malawi. Possibly also in Malawi..   Source:  Ethnologue 2016

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Primary Religion: Christianity
Major Religion Percent
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 14.00 %)
80.00 %
Ethnic Religions
10.00 %
Hinduism
0.00 %
Islam
10.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
Primary Language Matengo (470,000 speakers)
Language Code mgv   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 1
Primary Language Matengo (470,000 speakers)
Language Code mgv   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Matengo

Primary Language:  Matengo

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (2019)
Bible-New Testament No
Bible-Complete No
Possible Print Bibles
Amazon
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Forum Bible Agencies
National Bible Societies
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Virtual Storehouse
Resource Type Resource Name Source
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Matengo Jesus Film Project
General Gospel resources links Scripture Earth
Profile Source Joshua Project 
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