Songo, Nsongo in Angola

Joshua Project has identified the Songo, Nsongo only in Angola
Population
174,000
Main Language
Largest Religion
Christian
Evangelical
Progress
Progress Gauge

Introduction / History

The Songo people's homeland is a region with a fertile savanna on a high plateau and a mild climate. They live on a semi-arid coastal plain and work in agriculture and fishing. Though they're a church going people, few are grounded in biblical truths that develop genuine, Christ-like witnessing believers.

Professing Songo Christians tend to be nominal and ritualistic and have little understanding of Scripture. Consequently, most are unacquainted with the great truths of the Bible, such as the necessity of the new birth, salvation by faith apart from legalistic works, and the all-sufficiency of Jesus. Without mother tongue Scripture, their faith has become largely formalistic in the 100-plus years since missionaries first introduced Christianity.


What Are Their Beliefs?

Songo believers seek to address the social issues of witchcraft and drug addiction in the local communities. The first of these is a carryover from the traditional culture and religion. When something bad happens, such as natural events and illnesses, people generally blame a human for using sorcery. The drug problem has arisen from the availability of addictive substances to a segment of the population that seeks temporary relief from life's problems.

Polygamy has also been a long-held practice in the Songo group and is a disturbing element in the largely churched society. This practice is dying out, however, and is less of a concern than in the past. The high importance Jesus and the apostles attached to marriage runs counter to this aspect of Songo culture and testifies to its need of transformation.


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People Name General Songo, Nsongo
People Name in Country Songo, Nsongo
Population in Angola 174,000
World Population 174,000
Total Countries 1
Indigenous Yes
Unreached No
Progress Scale 5
GSEC 1  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Alternate Names Songo
People ID 19052
ROP3 Code 116076
Country Angola
Region East and Southern Africa
Continent Africa
10/40 Window No
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Location in Country North central, Cuanza River area south of MalanjeNorth central, southeast of Luanda, Malanje, Cuanza Sul, Bié, and Lunda Norte provinces.   Source:  Ethnologue 2016
Country Angola
Region East and Southern Africa
Continent Africa
10/40 Window No
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Location in Country North central, Cuanza River area south of MalanjeNorth central, southeast of Luanda, Malanje, Cuanza Sul, Bié, and Lunda Norte provinces..   Source:  Ethnologue 2016
Primary Language Songo (174,000 speakers)
Language Code nsx   Ethnologue Listing
Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Songo
Primary Language Songo (174,000 speakers)
Language Code nsx   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Songo

Primary Language:  Songo

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes   (1936-1978)
Bible-New Testament No
Bible-Complete No
Possible Print Bibles
Amazon
Forum of Bible Agencies
Gospel Go
World Bible Finder
World Bibles
Resource Type Resource Name
None reported  
Primary Religion: Christianity
Religion Subdivision: Roman Catholic
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 17.00 %)
80.00 %
Ethnic Religions
20.00 %
Hinduism
0.00 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
Christian Segments Percent
Anglican
0.0 %
Independent
4.0 %
Orthodox
0.0 %
Other Christian
1.0 %
Protestant
20.0 %
Roman Catholic
75.0 %
Map Source Anonymous  
Profile Source Anonymous  
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