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Manobo, Ata in Philippines

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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
38,000 Manobo, Ata Ethnic Religions 9.00 % 3.00 % No No   

Manobo, Ata in Philippines

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Introduction / History
The Ata-Manobo no longer want to be called by that name, and are further divided into the Langilan and Tala-ingod tribes. They are found in the region west and northwest of Mt. Apo, the headwater of the Davao, Lasang and Libuganon rivers. There is now a town called Tala-ingod in Davao del Norte.

The recognized village leaders are the Datu, Barangay Captain, Purok leaders and religious leaders. They also recognize government leaders especially if the mayor is also the Tribal Council Chief. Social structure is based on kin relationship, and in the past leadership was given to the oldest married family member. Now they have set some qualifications. The datu is given more respect and has more authority.

Marriages are arranged with the bride price as the main concern. Conflicts are settled through peace offerings. Until 1994 the Atas relied mainly on farming for daily subsistence, supplemented with hogs, chickens and other livestock products.

Animism permeates the Ata way of life. However, acculturation has caused some changes especially among the younger generation. Like the Matisalugs, they believe that "Manama" is the supreme god but there are others who do Manama's bidding. These gods must be appeased.

The areas where the tribes live are generally underdeveloped with poor infrastructure. Dispossessed of their tribal lands, they have little control over their lands. They practice slash and burn agriculture and live off the forest. They are driven off the land by loggers and corporate plantations.

Unlike the dominant Muslim tribes, they have failed to consolidate themselves and thus have no significant voice in politics. Because of their unattended grievances, they are prey to the communist rebels and other dissident movements who wish to use them against the government.

What are their needs?
Effective ministries are those that combine evangelism with discipleship and community development. Upland farm technologies are in demand to help uplift the economic situation of the people. Education and medical assistance are other basic needs in the area.

Hindrances to the Gospel include the bitterness of hill tribes at being dispossessed of their ancestral lands by Catholic lowlanders, whom they collectively lump with other Christians.

Prayer Points
* Pray that more Manobo pastors and church leaders will be raised up to reach out to their own people.
* Pray for wisdom for those who are ministering to them right now, and that they will be able to clearly present Christ to these people.
* Pray for improved living conditions
* Pray that the surge of materialism (due to lowlander influence) will be stopped by the gospel
* Pray that their efforts to hold on to their land will be successful. That they will not deceived by opportunistic lowlanders with offers of money.
* Pray for the availability of the Jesus Film in the primary language of this people.

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Country: Philippines
Continent: Asia
Region: Asia, Southeast
10/40 Window: No
Location in Country:Mindanao, northwest Davao del Norte Province; southeast Bukidnon Province; Compostela Valley Province, northwest border; Davao del Sur Province, northwest enclave.
(Source: Ethnologue 2016)
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People Name in Country: Manobo, Ata
People Name General: Manobo, Ata
Alternate People Names:
AtaAta Manobo
Ata of DavaoAtao
ROP3 Code: 100585
Joshua Project People ID: 10472
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 38,000
Population all Countries: 38,000
Least-Reached: No
Affinity Bloc: Malay Peoples
People Cluster: Filipino, Tribal
People Name General: Manobo, Ata
Ethnic Code: MSY44x
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
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Primary Language: Manobo, Ata
Language Code (ISO): atd    Ethnologue Listing
Secondary Languages:
Cebuano (Unknown)
Total Languages: 2
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Ethnic Religions
Major Religions:
Buddhism0.00 % 
Christianity9.00 %(Evangelical: 3.00 %)
Ethnic Religions91.00 % 
Hinduism0.00 % 
Islam0.00 % 
Non-Religious0.00 % 
Other / Small0.00 % 
Unknown0.00 % 
Christianity Segments:
Anglican0.00 %
Independent0.00 %
Protestant30.00 %
Orthodox0.00 %
Other Christian0.00 %
Roman Catholic70.00 %
(Evangelicals distributed across Christianity segments)
Progress Indicators [5]
Progress Scale[6]   Evangelicals have a modest presence.
Least-Reached: No
GSEC Status:Level 6   Greater than or equal to 10% Evangelical
Bible Translation Status
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Bible Portions: 1974-1981
New Testament:
Complete Bible: None Reported
Possible Bible Sources: Forum of Bible Agencies
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Ministry Resources [7]
Audio RecordingsMegaVoice Audio Bible and Stories
Audio RecordingsAudio Bible teaching (GRN)
Text / Printed MatterBible: Kasulatan to Magboboot
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Manobo, Ata in Philippines

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