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Bena in Tanzania


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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
1,212,000 Bena Christianity 96.00 % 17.00 % No   

Bena in Tanzania

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Introduction / History
The Bena people of Tanzania are a large Bantu group living in southwestern Tanzania in Iringa Region, Njombe District. Some of their major towns are Ilembula where there is a large Lutheran hospital and Uwemba where there is a strong Roman Catholic church.

What are their lives like?
The Bena are a patrilineal society with a heavy interest in traditional lay care. There is a strong cultural value on children as a link to the generations. The more the better. Some practice polygyny. As gifted farmers they have incorporated new skills with traditional values to produce Irish potatoes and maize (corn) their main crops. They also grow wheat, peas, beans, pyrethrum (for mosquito coils) and coffee and timber for cash crops.

What are their beliefs?
They had early contact with both German Lutherans and Roman Catholics. A New Testament was produced in 1920 and the early missionaries hoped it would be used for other nearby groups. Old beliefs are still strong and there is a possible need for an updated New Testament.

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Country: Tanzania
Continent: Africa
Region: Africa, East and Southern
10/40 Window: No
Location in Country:Iringa region: Njombe district; southwest Morogoro and north Ruvuma regions; Mbeya region.
(Source: Ethnologue 2016)
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Linguistic Map:Ethnologue language map
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People Name in Country: Bena
People Name General: Bena
ROP3 Code: 101248
Joshua Project People ID: 10785
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 1,212,000
Population all Countries: 1,212,000
Least-Reached: No
Affinity Bloc: Sub-Saharan Peoples
People Cluster: Bantu, Central-Tanzania
People Name General: Bena
Ethnic Code: NAB57o
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
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Primary Language: Bena (1,212,000 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): bez    Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages: 1
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Christianity
Religion Sub-division:Roman Catholic
Major Religions:
Buddhism0.00 % 
Christianity96.00 %(Evangelical: 17.00 %)
Ethnic Religions1.00 % 
Hinduism0.00 % 
Islam3.00 % 
Non-Religious0.00 % 
Other / Small0.00 % 
Unknown0.00 % 
Christianity Segments:
Anglican15.00 %
Independent0.00 %
Protestant20.00 %
Orthodox0.00 %
Other Christian0.00 %
Roman Catholic65.00 %
(Evangelicals distributed across Christianity segments)
Progress Indicators [5]
Progress Scale[6]   Evangelicals have a significant presence.
Least-Reached: No
GSEC Status:Level 5   Greater than or equal to 5% Evangelical
Bible Translation Status
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Bible Portions: Yes
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)
Film / VideoJesus Film: view in Bena
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Bena in Tanzania

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People Cluster
    Bantu, Central-Tanzania     Africa, East and Southern    
      Bena Tanzania    
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