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Bemba in Tanzania


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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
5,200 Bemba Christianity 95.00 % 14.00 %   

Bemba in Tanzania

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Introduction / History
Bembe or Wabembe are Bantu people, occupying the whole coast of Lake Tanganika of the Kigoma Region. All of them are descendants of those who came from the Democratic Republic of the Congo a long time ago. Some of them changed the tribe name and are now called Wamanyema, others mixed with the Waha tribe (the majority ethnic group of the Kigoma region).

Where are they located?
The Wabembe of Tanzania occupy the entire coastal region of Lake Tanganyika, from Kagunga to Mgambo. Their population is not totally known. This is because most of them claim to be Wamanyema, Wagoma and sometimes Waha people. 85% of Ujiji population, Kigoma region, are Bembe people.

What are their beliefs?
Their ancestors believe in a deity they see as the living God - the Yehova. Ancestors used to give offerings through prayers which they call "Iyela or Lo'elo" when famine or illness come into the village. They also strongly beilve in the spirit of the dead which they call "Oci". Oci are considered as the messenger from ancestors which come to visit the surviving children and grandchildren. Oci comes in the form of a spirit talking to people through a human being. for the Oci to come everytime, a small round house must be built in the form of Msonge- which serves the purpose of invoking the ancestor. They speak Kibembe or Ebembe.

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Country: Tanzania
Continent: Africa
Region: Africa, East and Southern
10/40 Window: No
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Linguistic Map:Ethnologue language map
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People Name in Country: Bemba
People Name General: Bemba
Alternate People Names:
ROP3 Code: 101243
Joshua Project People ID: 10782
Indigenous: No
Population in Country: 5,200
Population all Countries: 5,335,000
Least-Reached: No
Affinity Bloc: Sub-Saharan Peoples
People Cluster: Bantu, Central-South
People Name General: Bemba
Ethnic Code: NAB57b
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
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Primary Language: Bemba (5,200 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): bem    Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages: 1
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Christianity
Religion Sub-division:Protestant
Major Religions:
Buddhism0.00 % 
Christianity95.00 %(Evangelical: 14.00 %)
Ethnic Religions5.00 % 
Hinduism0.00 % 
Islam0.00 % 
Non-Religious0.00 % 
Other / Small0.00 % 
Unknown0.00 % 
Christianity Segments:
Anglican0.00 %
Independent5.00 %
Protestant65.00 %
Orthodox0.00 %
Other Christian0.00 %
Roman Catholic30.00 %
(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: 1904-1948
New Testament:
Complete Bible: 1956-1983
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)
Audio RecordingsOnline New Testament (FCBH)
Audio RecordingsStory of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project ...
Film / VideoGod's Story Video
Film / VideoJesus Film: view in Bemba
Film / VideoMagdalena (Jesus Film Project)
Film / VideoStory of Jesus for Children (JF Project)
Film / VideoWalk with Jesus (Africa, JF Project)
GeneralFour Spiritual Laws
Text / Printed MatterBible: Revised Bemba Bible 2014
Text / Printed MatterEasyBibles
Text / Printed MatterEasyBibles
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Bemba in Tanzania

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