Mao, Northern in Ethiopia

The Mao, Northern have only been reported in Ethiopia
Population
Main Language
Largest Religion
Christian
Evangelical
Progress
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Introduction / History

The Northern Mao of Ethiopia primarily reside in rural villages in western Ethiopia, around Bambassi town and in the Didessa River Valley. Most Northern Mao are farmers. The Northern Mao around Bambassi and in the Didessa River Valley share a common culture and language. However, the Northern Mao around Bambassi are predominantly Muslim, while those in the Didessa River Valley are predominantly Christian. Though Northern and Southern Mao recognize one another as having a shared cultural identity, they realize that their languages are completely different. When Northern Mao and Southern Mao people meet, they usually use another language, like Oromo, to communicate.

A majority of Northern Mao people speak only their mother tongue and cannot adequately use Scripture in a second language. Their very low literacy rate suggests that a literacy program in the area may be difficult. It would be beneficial to also present Scripture in Northern Mao on audiocassettes. Though their motivation to read may be quite low, the Northern Mao Christians appear to have a great desire for Scripture in their mother tongue. During an interview, when asked what kinds of materials they would like to see translated into Northern Mao, they replied, "the Bible."


Prayer Points

* Scripture Prayers for the Mao, Northern in Ethiopia.


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People Name General Mao, Northern
People Name in Country Mao, Northern
World Population 3,600
Total Countries 1
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group No
GSEC 1  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
Alternate Names Bambeshi, Didessa, Northern Mao
People ID 14023
ROP3 Code 107451
Country Ethiopia
Region Africa, East and Southern
Continent Africa
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 28  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Location in Country Benishangul-Gumuz region: Bambassi area and Didessa river valley; Oromia region: western Wellaga zone.   Source:  Ethnologue 2016
Country Ethiopia
Region Africa, East and Southern
Continent Africa
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 28  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Location in Country Benishangul-Gumuz region: Bambassi area and Didessa river valley; Oromia region: western Wellaga zone..   Source:  Ethnologue 2016
Primary Language Ma'we's Aas'e' (3,600 speakers)
Language Code myf   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 1
Primary Language Ma'we's Aas'e' (3,600 speakers)
Language Code myf   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Ma'we's Aas'e'

Primary Language:  Ma'we's Aas'e'

Bible Translation Status:  Translation Started

Resource Type Resource Name
None reported  
Primary Religion: Islam
Major Religion Percent
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 1.50 %)
4.80 %
Ethnic Religions
10.00 %
Hinduism
0.00 %
Islam
85.20 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
Christian Segments Percent
Anglican
0.0 %
Independent
10.0 %
Orthodox
65.0 %
Other Christian
0.0 %
Protestant
25.0 %
Roman Catholic
0.0 %
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