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Nao in Ethiopia

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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
16,000 Nayi Ethnic Religions 10.00 % 0.90 % No No   

Nao in Ethiopia

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Introduction / History
The Nao People Group are part of the Gimira cluster which includes the Dizi, the Tsara, the Benesho and the She. They and the Nao and the others in the Gimira cluster, inhabit the extreme southern and southwestern reaches of the densely forested Kaffa highlands of southwestern Ethiopia. They reside in an altitude of 1500-2500 meters which is not easily accessible. As opposed to the Dizi, the Benesho and others who are migrants to the area, the Nao together with the Tsara were the indigenous inhabitants of the land. They speak Nayi language, an Omotic language which has 58% lexical similarity with Diizin.

What are their lives like?
The Nao subsist by farming. They supplement their diet through fishing and also gathering fruits and vegetables. The Nao were strong and numerous people and had their own kingdom before their active colonization by the Kaffa Kingdom in the mid 19th century. They are now reduced to a fewer number through the war and slavery they were subjected to. The active "Kaffanization" of their culture and language has played a role in their near extinction as a people group.

What are their beliefs?
They are followers of an ethnic religion.

Prayer Points
* Ask the Lord to reach these marginalized and geographically inaccessible people for His glory.
* Pray to the Lord to send laborers to the field. Pray to the Lord to provide evangelistic resources in their language.
* Pray for translation of the Bible to begin 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:39 (Only top 50 ranked, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
10/40 Window: Yes
Location in Country:Scattered in Southern Nations, Nationalities, and Peoples’ region: Decha Awraja, Shoa Bench wereda, Dulkuma village; Sheko wereda, Aybera, Kosa, and Jomdos villages.
(Source: Ethnologue 2016)
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People Name in Country: Nao
People Name General: Nao
ROP3 Code: 107081
Joshua Project People ID: 13951
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 16,000
Population all Countries: 16,000
Least-Reached: No
Affinity Bloc: Horn of Africa Peoples
People Cluster: Omotic
People Name General: Nao
Ethnic Code: CMT33d
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
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Primary Language: Nayi (16,000 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): noz    Ethnologue Listing
Primary Dialect:Nao
Dialect Code:3146
Total Languages: 1
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Ethnic Religions
Major Religions:
Buddhism0.00 % 
Christianity10.00 %(Evangelical: 0.90 %)
Ethnic Religions90.00 % 
Hinduism0.00 % 
Islam0.00 % 
Non-Religious0.00 % 
Other / Small0.00 % 
Unknown0.00 % 
Christianity Segments:
Anglican0.00 %
Independent0.00 %
Protestant25.00 %
Orthodox75.00 %
Other Christian0.00 %
Roman Catholic0.00 %
(Evangelicals distributed across Christianity segments)
Progress Indicators [5]
Progress Scale[6]   Evangelicals have only a very small representation among all who claim to be Christians.
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: Help start a Bible Translation
New Testament: None Reported
Complete Bible: None Reported
Ministry Resources [7]
Audio RecordingsMegaVoice Audio Bible and Stories
Audio RecordingsAudio Bible teaching (GRN)
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Nao in Ethiopia

Global                 Global
  Affinity Bloc             Global  
People Cluster
    Omotic     Africa, East and Southern    
      Nao Ethiopia    
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            Nao in Ethiopia          
      Religion Language  
      Ethnic Religions     Nayi  
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