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Majang in Ethiopia


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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
58,000 Majang Christianity 84.00 % 73.42 %   

Majang in Ethiopia

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Introduction / History
The Majangir live in scattered communities in the forests of Southwestern Ethiopia. They are often interspersed with other ethnic groups. They are located on an escarpment between the highlands and the lowlands. In the past, the group was raided for slaves by highlanders, but they were able to survive by hiding in the dense forest.

The Majangir meet their needs through slash and burn farming, hunting, fishing, and bee keeping. They prepare a special drink made by boiling coffee leaves with a mixture of spices. Some men have several wives and siblings are considered to have a closer relationship than husband and wife. While the Majangir traditionally shifted residence often, they have recently developed permanent villages. They have also recently adopted the practice of wearing clothing.

What are their beliefs?
During the 1960s and 1970s, some of the Majangir became Christians. While there was initially a rapid spread of the gospel, the church there has suffered from a lack of Christian maturity and discipleship. Other Ethiopian Christians have made great strides in reaching out to the Majangir, but major cultural differences have challenged the effectiveness of their outreach.

What are their needs?
The Majang do not need church planters, however missionaries with skills in discipleship, biblical training, medicine, or agricultural development may be able to serve the Majang.

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Country: Ethiopia
Continent: Africa
Region: Africa, East and Southern
Persecution Rank:39 (Only top 50 ranked, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
10/40 Window: Yes
Location in Country:Oromia and Gambela regions; Southern Nations, Nationalities, and Peoples’ region: a long, narrow belt between Bure, east of Gambela, and Guraferda south.
(Source: Ethnologue 2016)
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Linguistic Map:Ethnologue language map
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People Name in Country: Majang
People Name General: Majang
Alternate People Names:
ROP3 Code: 106564
Joshua Project People ID: 13689
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 58,000
Population all Countries: 58,000
Least-Reached: No
Affinity Bloc: Sub-Saharan Peoples
People Cluster: Nilotic
People Name General: Majang
Ethnic Code: NAB62z
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
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Primary Language: Majang (58,000 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): mpe    Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages: 1
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Christianity
Religion Sub-division:Orthodox
Major Religions:
Buddhism0.00 % 
Christianity84.00 %(Evangelical: 73.42 %)
Ethnic Religions16.00 % 
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: 1993–2009
New Testament:
Complete Bible: None Reported
Possible Bible Sources: Forum of Bible Agencies
 World Bible Finder
 World Christian Resource Directory
 Gospel Go
Ministry Resources [7]
Audio RecordingsMegaVoice Audio Bible and Stories
Audio RecordingsAudio Bible teaching (GRN)
Audio RecordingsOnline Scripture (Talking Bibles)
Film / VideoJesus Film: view in Majang
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Majang in Ethiopia

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People Cluster
    Nilotic     Africa, East and Southern    
      Majang Ethiopia    
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            Majang in Ethiopia          
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      Christianity     Majang  
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