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Deg, Mo in Ghana

Deg, Mo

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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
51,000 Deg Ethnic Religions 40.00 % 14.00 %   

Deg, Mo in Ghana

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Introduction / History
Their language is Deg which is a member of the Gur-Grussi family of languages and they are closely related linguistically to Sisaala, Tampulma, Chakali, Kasem and in particular to Vagla. History has it that all these groups were together in the Sisaala area; one day there was an argument over a dog's head after a ritual and they split up resulting in the Deg and Vagla travelling further south to live separately in their own lands.

Where are they located?
The Deg are a minority language group located in two administrative districts, Kintampo District at the north-western border of Brong Ahafo, and Bole District at the south-western border in the Northern Region.

What are their beliefs?
Religion amongst the Deg used to be mainly Traditional African Religion with some of them following Islam, but church outreach and the work of the Ghana Institute of Linguistics, Literacy and Bible Translation (GILLBT) have made a significant difference so that there are now many more Christians. The Methodist Church is believed to have been the first church outreach to the Deg around 1935, then the Catholic Church in the 1940s followed by the Christ Apostolic Church, the Seventh Day Adventists, the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Ghana, and then the church of Pentecost and the New Apostolic Church. The language of wider communication in the area is Twi and this is taught in the schools and used for worship in the churches.

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Country: Ghana
Continent: Africa
Region: Africa, West and Central
10/40 Window: No
Total Provinces on file:2
Location in Country:Kintampo District at the north-western border of Brong, Ahafo Bole District at the south-western border in the Northern Region
(Source: Field worker)
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People Name in Country: Deg, Mo
People Name General: Deg
Alternate People Names:
Mo JiaMo Min
PanyamSou Miao
ROP3 Code: 102491
Joshua Project People ID: 11522
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 51,000
Population all Countries: 53,000
Least-Reached: No
Affinity Bloc: Sub-Saharan Peoples
People Cluster: Gur
People Name General: Deg
Ethnic Code: NAB56a
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
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Primary Language: Deg (51,000 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): mzw    Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages: 1
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Ethnic Religions
Major Religions:
Buddhism0.00 % 
Christianity40.00 %(Evangelical: 14.00 %)
Ethnic Religions50.00 % 
Hinduism0.00 % 
Islam10.00 % 
Non-Religious0.00 % 
Other / Small0.00 % 
Unknown0.00 % 
Christianity Segments:
Anglican0.00 %
Independent20.00 %
Protestant60.00 %
Orthodox0.00 %
Other Christian0.00 %
Roman Catholic20.00 %
(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: 1996-2001
New Testament:
Complete Bible: 2015
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 (GRN)
Audio RecordingsOnline New Testament (FCBH)
Film / VideoGod's Story Video
Film / VideoJesus Film: view in Deg
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Deg, Mo in Ghana

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People Cluster
    Gur     Africa, West and Central    
      Deg Ghana    
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            Deg, Mo in Ghana          
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