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Kumu in Congo, Democratic Republic of

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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
764,000 Komo Christianity 95.00 % 26.00 % No No   

Kumu in Congo, Democratic Republic of

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Introduction / History
The Komo are horticulturalists who live in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo in the rain forest and rolling hills. They come from Bantu stock who migrated southward from modern day Cameroon to the Congo River Basin, then upstream toward the Ituri, Maiko and Lowa tributaries, beginning around 1000 B.C. The Komo are hospitable people, with a somewhat poor self image, who have historically been persecuted, both by Swahili traders under the leadership of Tiputip, and by Belgian colonialists. They were Animists who came under Christian influence in the mid-1930s. Now they have a Christian verneer over their Animist worldview.

The core ritual is circumcision of adolescent boys; their practice of circumcision has been copied by neighboring people groups. They are known as innovators in the religious sphere. For example, there was a Pentecostal revival in the early 1950s that spread throughout the church in the heart of Africa area, led by non-Pentecostal missionaries from the Komo people.

The Komo place a high value on loyalty to the extended family and honoring the in-laws.

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Country: Congo, Democratic Republic of
Continent: Africa
Region: Africa, West and Central
10/40 Window: No
Location in Country:Maniema province: Lubutu and Punia territories; Nord-Kivu province: Walikale; Orientale province: Opienge territory. Lubutu is center.
(Source: Ethnologue 2016)
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People Name in Country: Kumu
People Name General: Kumu
Alternate People Names:
ROP3 Code: 105401
Joshua Project People ID: 12846
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 764,000
Population all Countries: 764,000
Least-Reached: No
Affinity Bloc: Sub-Saharan Peoples
People Cluster: Bantu, Central-Congo
People Name General: Kumu
Ethnic Code: NAB57c
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
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Primary Language: Komo (764,000 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): kmw    Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages: 1
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Christianity
Religion Sub-division:Roman Catholic
Major Religions:
Buddhism0.00 % 
Christianity95.00 %(Evangelical: 26.00 %)
Ethnic Religions5.00 % 
Hinduism0.00 % 
Islam0.00 % 
Non-Religious0.00 % 
Other / Small0.00 % 
Unknown0.00 % 
Christianity Segments:
Anglican0.00 %
Independent12.00 %
Protestant30.00 %
Orthodox0.00 %
Other Christian10.00 %
Roman Catholic48.00 %
(Evangelicals distributed across Christianity segments)
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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: 1976-1998
New Testament: None Reported
Complete Bible: None Reported
Possible Bible Sources: Forum of Bible Agencies
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Kumu in Congo, Democratic Republic of

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