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Aari in Ethiopia


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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
508,000 Aari Ethnic Religions 48.00 % 46.53 %   

Aari in Ethiopia

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Introduction / History
Aari people are one of the more than 80 nations (peoples speaking different languages) in Ethiopia. They speak the Aaraph language. They were peasants until the modernization of their society. Unfortunately, more than 70% continue to be unable to read.

Where are they located?
They live in the southern part of the country.

What are their lives like?
They live a very poor life when compared to other people groups in the country. They farm traditionally, have a poor diet and many of them live in absolute poverty.

What are their beliefs?
Previously, Christianity was preached. They have had their own belief and they used to worship two gods, the god Saabi and the goddess Beri. Today, most of them are Protestant Christians and others pagan and Orthodox Christians. Most don't know why they're Protestant, Orthodox or pagan. What a tragedy!

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Pray that their society will be transformed in their minds and prosper in their economy.

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Country: Ethiopia
Continent: Africa
Region: Africa, East and Southern
Persecution Rank:39 (Only top 50 ranked, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
10/40 Window: Yes
Location in Country:Southern Nations, Nationalities, and Peoples’ region, Central North Omo zone, south tip of Ethiopia plateau, near the Hamer-Banna [amf] language area.
(Source: Ethnologue 2016)
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Linguistic Map:Ethnologue language map
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People Name in Country: Aari
People Name General: Aari
Alternate People Names:
ROP3 Code: 100496
Joshua Project People ID: 10424
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 508,000
Population all Countries: 508,000
Least-Reached: No
Affinity Bloc: Horn of Africa Peoples
People Cluster: Omotic
People Name General: Aari
Ethnic Code: CMT33d
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
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Primary Language: Aari (508,000 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): aiw    Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages: 1
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Ethnic Religions
Major Religions:
Buddhism0.00 % 
Christianity48.00 %(Evangelical: 46.53 %)
Ethnic Religions52.00 % 
Hinduism0.00 % 
Islam0.00 % 
Non-Religious0.00 % 
Other / Small0.00 % 
Unknown0.00 % 
Christianity Segments:
Anglican0.00 %
Independent0.00 %
Protestant0.00 %
Orthodox0.00 %
Other Christian0.00 %
Roman Catholic0.00 %
(Evangelicals distributed across Christianity segments)
Progress Indicators [5]
Progress Scale[6]   Evangelicals have a significant presence.
Least-Reached: No
GSEC Status:Level 4   Greater than or equal to 2% Evangelical
Bible Translation Status
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Bible Portions: Yes
New Testament:
Complete Bible: 2017
Possible Bible Sources: Forum of Bible Agencies
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 World Christian Resource Directory
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Ministry Resources [7]
Audio RecordingsMegaVoice Audio Bible and Stories
Audio RecordingsAudio Bible teaching
Audio RecordingsDAVAR Partners recording, complete Bible
Audio RecordingsOnline New Testament
Audio RecordingsRecorded oral Bible
Film / VideoJesus Film: view in Aari
Film / VideoWorld Christian Videos
GeneralGospel resources links
Text / Printed MatterLiteracy primer for Aari
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Aari in Ethiopia

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People Cluster
    Omotic     Africa, East and Southern    
      Aari Ethiopia    
            People-by-Country (Profile)          
            Aari in Ethiopia          
      Religion Language  
      Ethnic Religions     Aari  
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