Tumbuka in Zimbabwe

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Introduction / History

The Tumbuka or Phoka is a small group of people originally from around the Nyika Plateau of the northern Malawi.

Where Are they Located?

Currently, they have spread to Zambia, but they are mostly found between the Nkhamanga Kingdom of Rumphi on the south, Tonga on the east and Ngonde on the North.

What Are Their Lives Like?

Basically they are a quiet people who depend on subsistence farming and hunting.

What Are Their Beliefs?

Originally they believed mostly in magic and witchcraft, but with the coming of civilization that has changed. Today many are Christians.

Prayer Points

Scripture Prayers for the Tumbuka in Zimbabwe.

Profile Source:   Anonymous  

People Name General Tumbuka
People Name in Country Tumbuka
Alternate Names Mombera; Phoka
Population this Country 18,000
Population all Countries 3,595,000
Total Countries 3
Indigenous No
Progress Scale 4
Unreached No
Frontier People Group No
GSEC 1  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Pioneer Workers Needed
People ID 15634
ROP3 Code 110273
ROP25 Code 308352
ROP25 Name Tumbuka

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Primary Religion: Christianity
Major Religion Percent
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 5.00 %)
89.00 %
Ethnic Religions
10.00 %
0.00 %
0.00 %
0.00 %
Other / Small
1.00 %
0.00 %
Primary Language Tumbuka (18,000 speakers)
Language Code tum   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 1
Primary Language Tumbuka (18,000 speakers)
Language Code tum   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Tumbuka
Photo Source Eric Gondwe 
Profile Source Anonymous 
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