Wanda, Wandia in Tanzania

Joshua Project has identified the Wanda only in Tanzania
Population
56,000
Christian
Evangelical
Largest Religion
Main Language
Progress
Progress Gauge

Introduction / History

Oral tradition states that the Wanda people originally came from the Mwanga tribe of Zambia. A new chief set himself up in the valley south of Lake Rukwa and gathered followers. They became known as the Wanda, "the people who cut grass."

The Wanda live in a relatively small area far away from any main roads. There is a large river that cuts through the area and serves as the boundary between the Mbeya and Rukwa regions. During the rains, the river is impassable for vehicles due to rising water levels and the addition of crocodiles. A foot bridge joins two of the larger villages together.

The Wanda live in houses of fired mud brick with thatched roofs. Their dress is mainly western, although many women wear colorful African wraps called kangas.

Primarily the Wanda are agriculturalists growing millet, maize, rice, peanuts, and potatoes. Some also raise livestock, including cattle, goats, pigs, and chickens. Most of the Wanda people claim affiliation with the Roman Catholic Church. There are also other churches in the area, such as Moravian, Evangelical Assemblies of God, Evangelical Lutheran, and Grace Churches; however, few of the members are Wanda. It was reported that there are no Wanda Muslims. The traditional religion is reported to still exist, but it is not openly practiced.


Profile Source:   Anonymous  
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People Name General Wanda
People Name in Country Wanda, Wandia
Population in Tanzania 56,000
World Population 56,000
Total Countries 1
Indigenous Yes
Least-Reached No
Progress Scale 4
GSEC 1  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Alternate Names Wandia
People ID 15851
Country Tanzania
Region East and Southern Africa
Continent Africa
10/40 Window No
Persecution Rank 36  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Location in Country Mbeya region, Mbozi District; Rukwa region, Sumbawanga Rural District.   Source:  Ethnologue 2010
Country Tanzania
Region East and Southern Africa
Continent Africa
10/40 Window No
Persecution Rank 36  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Location in Country Mbeya region, Mbozi District; Rukwa region, Sumbawanga Rural District.   Source:  Ethnologue 2010
Primary Language: Wanda (56,000 speakers)   People group listing
Language Code: wbh   Ethnologue Listing
Written: Unknown
Total Languages: 1
Primary Language: Wanda (56,000 speakers)   People group listing
Language Code: wbh   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages: 1
Primary Language: Wanda

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions No
New Testament No
Complete Bible No
Resource Type Resource Name
None reported  
Primary Religion: Christianity
Religion Subdivision: Roman Catholic

Major Religion Percent
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 8.00 %)
70.00 %
Ethnic Religions
30.00 %
Hinduism
0.00 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
Christian Segments Percent
Anglican
0.0 %
Independent
0.0 %
Orthodox
0.0 %
Other Christian
0.0 %
Protestant
40.0 %
Roman Catholic
60.0 %
Map Source: Anonymous  
Profile Source: Anonymous  
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