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Hamer-Banna in Ethiopia

Hamer-Banna

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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
108,000 Hamer-Banna Ethnic Religions 1.50 % 0.60 %   

Hamer-Banna in Ethiopia

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Introduction / History
The Hamer-Banna are Muslim shepherds living in the highlands of southwest Ethiopia. They are primarily located in the Gemu Gofa province, which is east of the Omo River and north of Lake Turkana. This area, called the Lower Omo region, has remained one of the most inaccessible and least developed parts of East Africa.

The Hamer-Banna consist of two separate ethnic groups, the Hamer and the Banna, who speak virtually the same language. Though they refer to themselves as either Hamer or Banna, they call their language Hamer-Banna. Most of the Hamer-Banna are cattle breeders. They belong to a group of culturally distinct people known as the Sidamo. Although they are racially mixed with the Bushman hunters who originally inhabited the region, they do not have any Bushman features.

What are their lives like?
The Hamer-Banna live in camps that consist of several related families. The families live in tents arranged in a circle, and the cattle are brought into the center of the camp at night. When the campsite is being set up, beds for the women and young children are built first; then the tent frame is built around it. The tents are constructed with flexible poles set in the ground in a circular pattern. The poles are bent upward, joining at the top, and then tied. The structures are covered with thatch during the dry season and canvas mats during the rainy season. Men and older boys usually sleep on cots in the center of the camp, near the cattle.

Herds belonging to the Hamer-Banna consist mainly of cattle, although there are some sheep and goats. Camels are used for riding and as pack animals. Most Hamer-Banna plant fields of sorghum at the beginning of the rainy season before leaving on their annual nomadic journey. Some households also plant sesame and beans. Because the crops are usually left unattended, the yields are low. Few households grow enough grain to last through the year.

One striking characteristic of the Hamer-Banna men is that they indulge in elaborate hair-dressing. They wear a clay "cap" that is painted and decorated with feathers and other ornaments. Much time is spent in preparing the hair, and care must be taken to protect it from damage. This is one reason the men often sleep on small, cushioned stools. A well-dressed man will wear a toga-like cloth and carry a spear and a stool. Women also commonly wear colorful toga-like garments.

Men may marry as many women as they like, but only within their own tribe. A "bride price" of cattle and other goods is provided by the prospective husband and his near relatives. A typical household consists of a woman, her children, and a male protector. A man may be the protector of more than one household, depending on the number of wives he has. Also, men are sometimes assigned the responsibility of protecting a divorced woman, a widow, or the wife of an absent husband (usually his brother). Marriage celebrations include feasting and dancing. Young girls as well as boys are circumcised.

What are their beliefs?
The Hamer-Banna are mainly adherents to traditional religions. For instance, they believe that natural objects (rocks, trees, etc.) have spirits. They also believe in jinnis, or spirits that are capable of assuming human or animal form and exercising supernatural influence over people.

What are their needs?
Scripture is not yet available in the Hamer-Banna language, although the Jesus film is available. More laborers and evangelistic tools are needed; however, prayer is the key to reaching them with the Gospel.

Prayer Points
* Pray for God to grant His favor and wisdom to the missions agency that is currently focusing on the Hamer-Banna.
* Ask the Lord to call additional long-term workers to live and work among the Hamer-Banna.
* Ask God to strengthen, encourage, and protect the few known Hamer-Banna Christians.
* Pray that the Lord will give these converts boldness to share Jesus with their own people.
* Ask God to call forth prayer teams who will begin breaking up the soil through intercession.
* Ask the Lord to raise up strong local churches among the Hamer-Banna.
* Pray for translation of the Bible to begin in this people group's primary language.

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Country: Ethiopia
Continent: Africa
Region: East and Southern Africa
Persecution Rank:22 (Only top 50 ranked, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
10/40 Window: Yes
Total Provinces on file:1
Location in Country:Southern Nations, Nationalities, and Peoples’ region: south Omo zone, near Omo river; north of Lake Turkana, southwest corner, near Kenya and Sudan borders; Oromia region: Borena zone.
(Source: Ethnologue 2016)
   
 
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People Name in Country: Hamer-Banna
People Name General: Hamer-Banna
Alternate People Names:
AmarAmarcocche
AmerAmmar
BeshadaBunna
CoccheHamar
Hamar-KokeHamer
HammerHammercoche
ROP3 Code: 100253
Joshua Project People ID: 10267
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 108,000
Population all Countries: 108,000
Least-Reached: Yes
   
 
Affinity Bloc: Horn of Africa Peoples
People Cluster: Omotic
People Name General: Hamer-Banna
Ethnic Code: CMT33d
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
   
 
Language
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Primary Language: Hamer-Banna (108,000 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): amf    Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages: 1
   
 
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Ethnic Religions
Major Religions:
Buddhism0.00 % 
Christianity1.50 %(Evangelical: 0.60 %)
Ethnic Religions85.00 % 
Hinduism0.00 % 
Islam13.00 % 
Non-Religious0.00 % 
Other / Small0.00 % 
Unknown0.00 % 
Christianity Segments:
Anglican0.00 %
Independent10.00 %
Protestant20.00 %
Orthodox70.00 %
Other Christian0.00 %
Roman Catholic0.00 %
 
(Evangelicals distributed across Christianity segments)
   
 
Progress Indicators [5]
Progress Scale[6]   Few evangelicals and few who claim to be Christians. Little, if any, history of Christianity.
Least-Reached: Yes
GSEC Status:Level 1   Less than 2% Evangelical. Some evangelical resources available, but no active church planting within past 2 years
 
 
Bible Translation Status
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Bible Portions: Help start a Bible Translation
New Testament: None Reported
Complete Bible: None Reported
 
 
Ministry Resources [7]
Audio RecordingsMegaVoice Audio Bible and Stories
Audio RecordingsAudio Bible teaching (GRN)
Audio RecordingsOnline New Testament (FCBH)
Audio RecordingsOral Bible
Film / VideoJesus Film: view in Hamer-Banna
 
 
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