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Dizi in Ethiopia


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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
58,000 Dizin Ethnic Religions 20.00 % 14.46 % No No   

Dizi in Ethiopia

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Introduction / History
According to the oral tradition of the Dizi people Orthodox Christian missionaries from Tigre came to the Dizi area several hundred years ago. They taught and preached for a few years, and when they left, they gave three things to the Maji Chief and the Adikas Chief that those chiefs considered sacred: a blue cloth, a block of wood, and a fly switch. These artifacts are still being kept in those chiefs' compounds in small, carefully maintained buildings.

The Dizi speak Dizin which is a member of the Omotic language family, which has generally been considered a member of the Afro-Asiatic language family.

Where are they located?
The Dizi people live in southwestern Ethiopia, west of the Omo River. The town of Maji, which is near the center of the Dizi area, is about 100 kilometers (62 miles) directly south of the town of Mizan Teferi. Driving from Mizan Teferi to Maji on the road through Dima is about a 170 kilometer (106 mile) journey. The Dizi's closest neighbors are the Me'en people to the north, and the Suri to the south and west. Their languages are both part of the Surmic branch of Nilo-Saharan, unlike Dizin, which is Omotic. Maji is the largest town in the Dizi area. The three next most populous towns are Jeba, Tum, and Adikas, in that order.

What are their lives like?
Most Dizi are subsistence farmers who grow enset (false banana), corn, barley, teff, and other crops. They have cattle, sheep and chickens, and they are beekeepers for the honey.

One report says "The Dizi were a very, very class structured society even to the point that you needed to know by relationship exactly how far up the hand - what knuckle - you took hold of when you shook hands with another man." The traditional leaders maintained order before the current structures of the Ethiopian government came to the area. Subsistence farming was (and continues to be) the most common livelihood for the Dizi. Metal workers were likely invited from outside the area by the Dizi leaders to refine iron ore and make tools of high tensile steel.

What are their beliefs?
Most Dizi are Animists. Christianity (Ethiopian Orthodox and Evangelical) has influence also.

What are their needs?
Many still live in fear of evil spirits. Violence from a neighboring people group continues to be a very common occurence. Some medical care is available in the area, but travel to hospitals in other areas is often needed if someone has major health problems. A traditional thick fermented drink made from grain, is consumed for food, even by children, which sometimes results in alchoholism.

Prayer Points
* Pray for more solid Christian leaders in the churches.
* Pray that the people would be open to the message the evangelists bring.
* Pray for completion of Bible translation in this people group's primary language.
* Pray for the availability of the Jesus Film in the primary language of this people.

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Country: Ethiopia
Continent: Africa
Region: Africa, East and Southern
Persecution Rank:28 (Only top 50 ranked, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
10/40 Window: Yes
Location in Country:Southern Nations, Nationalities, and Peoples’ region: Bench-Maji zone.
(Source: Ethnologue 2016)
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Linguistic Map:Ethnologue language map
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People Name in Country: Dizi
People Name General: Dizi
Alternate People Names:
ROP3 Code: 106078
Joshua Project People ID: 13232
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 58,000
Population all Countries: 58,000
Least-Reached: No
Affinity Bloc: Horn of Africa Peoples
People Cluster: Omotic
People Name General: Dizi
Ethnic Code: CMT33d
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
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Primary Language: Dizin (58,000 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): mdx    Ethnologue Listing
Primary Dialect:Dizi
Dialect Code:9314
Total Languages: 1
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Ethnic Religions
Major Religions:
Buddhism0.00 % 
Christianity20.00 %(Evangelical: 14.46 %)
Ethnic Religions80.00 % 
Hinduism0.00 % 
Islam0.00 % 
Non-Religious0.00 % 
Other / Small0.00 % 
Unknown0.00 % 
Christianity Segments:
Anglican0.00 %
Independent10.00 %
Protestant25.00 %
Orthodox65.00 %
Other Christian0.00 %
Roman Catholic0.00 %
(Evangelicals distributed across Christianity segments)
Progress Indicators [5]
Progress Scale[6]   Evangelicals have a significant presence.
Least-Reached: No
GSEC Status:Level 1   Less than 2% Evangelical. Some evangelical resources available, but no active church planting within past 2 years
Bible Translation Status
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Bible Portions: 2012
New Testament: None Reported
Complete Bible: None Reported
Possible Bible Sources: Forum of Bible Agencies
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Dizi in Ethiopia

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People Cluster
    Omotic     Africa, East and Southern    
      Dizi Ethiopia    
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