Gayil in Ethiopia

The Gayil have only been reported in Ethiopia
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Introduction / History

The Galila people of southwest Ethiopia are considered to speak Gayil, a dialect of a language called Aari. The Galila call themselves Gayil whereas outsiders call them Galila. This is a group which does not have the Bible in their own language and cannot understand the Aari New Testament scriptures. In 1960 Christianity was introduced to Gayil and it is likely that over 35% of the Gayil people are now Christians. The Gayil live in a high-altitude location (almost 9,000 feet or a little over 2700 meters), an hours drive beyond a town called Basketto.

Subsistence farming is their way of life where they raise crops of wheat, barley, t'ef (an Ethiopian grain), korarima (an expensive Ethiopian spice often exported outside the country), corn, and false bananas. They also raise livestock such as cows and sheep. They have not succeeded in raising tomatoes due to a tomato disease and they cannot grow other fruit due to the high altitude and often cold weather. In the highlands of Galila, there are thatched round huts for sleeping and cooking. There are springs for a water source, but they are not managed and are contaminated by animals and people before becoming drinking water. The Gayil desire outside help with needs such as working with their language and community development which includes water management and sustainable crops to create a more balanced diet. There is a genuine need and desire for the Bible among the Gayil people.


Prayer Points

* Scripture Prayers for the Gayil in Ethiopia.


Profile Source:   Anonymous  

People Name General Gayil
People Name in Country Gayil
World Population 67,000
Total Countries 1
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 5
Unreached No
Frontier People Group No
Pioneer Workers Needed
Alternate Names
People ID 19793
ROP3 Code 115105
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 Southern Nations, Nationalities, and Peoples’ region: south Omo zone, Gelila wereda.   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 Southern Nations, Nationalities, and Peoples’ region: south Omo zone, Gelila wereda..   Source:  Ethnologue 2016

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Ethnologue Language Map

Primary Language Gayil (67,000 speakers)
Language Code gyl   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Unknown
Total Languages 1
Primary Language Gayil (67,000 speakers)
Language Code gyl   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Gayil

Primary Language:  Gayil

Bible Translation Status:  Translation Started

Resource Type Resource Name
None reported  
Primary Religion: Christianity
Religion Subdivision: Protestant
Major Religion Percent
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 46.50 %)
62.00 %
Ethnic Religions
38.00 %
Hinduism
0.00 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
Christian Segments Percent
Anglican
Unknown
Independent
Unknown
Orthodox
Unknown
Other Christian
Unknown
Protestant
100.0 %
Roman Catholic
Unknown
Profile Source Anonymous  
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