Mbukushu, Gova in Botswana

Mbukushu, Gova
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People Name: Mbukushu, Gova
Country: Botswana
10/40 Window: No
Population: 42,000
World Population: 115,000
Primary Language: Mbukushu
Primary Religion: Ethnic Religions
Christian Adherents: 40.00 %
Evangelicals: 3.50 %
Scripture: New Testament
Online Audio NT: No
Jesus Film: Yes
Audio Recordings: Yes
People Cluster: Bantu, Central-South
Affinity Bloc: Sub-Saharan Peoples
Progress Level:

Introduction / History

The Hambukushu are located along the Okavango Delta panhandle in Botswana. The largest villages on the western panhandle are Etsha 6 and Shakawe. Seronga is the largest village on eastern side.

What Are Their Lives Like?

The people live predominantly in mud and thatched huts. Fishing and farming are the primary methods of sustenance. The Hambukushu are very well known for their baskets and in larger cities are sold for large amounts of money.

What Are Their Beliefs?

The people hold to a variety of beliefs. Traditional doctors (medicine doctors) and animism faith systems are common as well as syncretistic belief systems incorporated into "churches" that do not know or communicate the gospel.

What Are Their Needs?

It is a difficult place to live. It is on the edge of the Kalahari. Rain and the annual delta floods are important for food and grasses/reeds used to build with. Elephants often destroy crops. Health clinics and schools are common among most villages as Botswana’s infrastructure is strong.

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