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Banyole in Uganda


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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
675,000 Nyole Christianity 75.00 % 15.00 %   

Banyole in Uganda

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Introduction / History
The Banyole are among the minor Bantu tribes in Uganda. They speak Lunyole. They are also called 'Abalya Lwooba' which means mushrooms eaters because they love eating mushrooms.

Where are they located?
The Banyole are found in the eastern district of Butaleja, their neighbors being the Jopadhola, Bagisu, Bagwere and Basoga in south, east, north and west respectively.

What are their lives like?
Their lives are surrounded by carrying out subsistence agriculture, originally they would grow finger millet but these days they have turned to rice growing which serves as a nontraditional cash crop. The Banyole are mostly polygamous people.

What are their beliefs?
The Banyole are largely Christian, with Islam being the other major religion. There is also a small percentage of traditionalists. Understanding of Scripture is limited due to a low literacy rate and a weak understanding of the languages in which Scripture is published (Luganda and English). This shallow understanding of Scripture allows the people who have been converted to Christianity to become vulnerable to backsliding - falling back on traditional religious practices, among other reasons, with some of them even being drawn to Islam. The need for missionaries is for assistance in translating and in further understanding of Scripture, as well as deepening the local pastors' and leaders' understanding of Scripture through training and discipleship.

There is some belief in witchcraft, though it has declined substantially. They many clans and every clan has a leader called omutuusa who on many occasions he puts on skins for recognition.

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Country: Uganda
Continent: Africa
Region: Africa, East and Southern
10/40 Window: No
Location in Country:Butaleja, Budaka, Mbale, Tororo, Bugiri, Namutumba, and Pallisa districts.
(Source: Ethnologue 2016)
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Linguistic Map:Ethnologue language map
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People Name in Country: Banyole
People Name General: Banyole
Alternate People Names:
ROP3 Code: 107565
Joshua Project People ID: 14101
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 675,000
Population all Countries: 675,000
Least-Reached: No
Affinity Bloc: Sub-Saharan Peoples
People Cluster: Bantu, Central-Lakes
People Name General: Banyole
Ethnic Code: NAB57d
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
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Primary Language: Nyole (675,000 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): nuj    Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages: 1
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Christianity
Religion Sub-division:Anglican
Major Religions:
Buddhism0.00 % 
Christianity75.00 %(Evangelical: 15.00 %)
Ethnic Religions5.00 % 
Hinduism0.00 % 
Islam20.00 % 
Non-Religious0.00 % 
Other / Small0.00 % 
Unknown0.00 % 
Christianity Segments:
Anglican65.00 %
Independent5.00 %
Protestant10.00 %
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 2   Less than 2% Evangelical. Initial (localized) church planting within past 2 years
Bible Translation Status
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Bible Portions: 2006-2009
New Testament:
Complete Bible: None Reported
Possible Bible Sources: Forum of Bible Agencies
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Ministry Resources [7]
Audio RecordingsMegaVoice Audio Bible and Stories
Audio RecordingsAudio Bible teaching (GRN)
Audio RecordingsOnline New Testament (FCBH)
Film / VideoJesus Film: view in Nyole
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Banyole in Uganda

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    Bantu, Central-Lakes     Africa, East and Southern    
      Banyole Uganda    
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