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Yao, Muslim in Tanzania

Yao, Muslim

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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
596,000 Yao Islam 2.00 % 1.20 %   

Yao, Muslim in Tanzania

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Introduction / History
The Yao people once sold slaves, ivory, tobacco, and cloth. Arab Muslim traders from coastal East Africa supplied them with firearms so they could raid neighboring tribes and take captives for the lucrative slave trade. When the British imperialists began to invade Yao lands, they stopped the Yao from their slave raids because of pressure from missionaries. This made the Yao people more entrenched in the religion of the Muslims they traded with. As Yao chiefs became Muslim, the common people did as well. Today the Yao have a Muslim majority.

Where are they located?
The Yao people once lived on a mountain called Yao, where they were given their name. They later moved to Lake Malawi. Most Yao people live in Malawi or Mozambique, but a smaller number live in other African countries including Tanzania.

What are their lives like?
Today most are subsistence farmers or fishermen on the shores of Lake Malawi. Others are traders and traveling businessmen. Their main language is Yao also called Chiyao. One- fourth are pre-literate.

The heart of Yao life is the village with 75 to 100 people. The village chief has a lot of power, though they are a matriarchal society where descent comes from the mother's line.

What are their beliefs?
Islamic religious system. However, they also practice pre-Islamic rituals which involve witchcraft and ancestor cults. In recent years there has been a move among the Yao people towards more orthodox Islam, but they are also more receptive to the gospel.

What are their needs?
The Yao people need regular contact with people who will live lives made victorious in Jesus Christ.

Prayer Points
* Pray that Yao chiefs will turn their hearts to Jesus, and encourage others to do the same.
* Pray that efforts to train Yao believers to reach others will result in a strong church planting movement.
* Pray for new harvesters who will joyfully live among the Yao people, serve, them, and help them to see what a Holy Spirit transformed life can do for a community.
* Pray that the Lord will raise up many who will use the Chiyao Bible as a foundation to produce radio broadcasts, gospel recordings, and culturally-appropriate worship music.

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Country: Tanzania
Continent: Africa
Region: Africa, East and Southern
10/40 Window: No
Location in Country:Ruvuma region: Tunduru district, east of Lake Malawi; Lindi region; possibly Mtwara region; Mozambique border area; possibly in Zimbabwe.
(Source: Ethnologue 2016)
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People Name in Country: Yao, Muslim
People Name General: Yao, Muslim
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ROP3 Code: 110980
Joshua Project People ID: 15988
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 596,000
Population all Countries: 2,739,000
Least-Reached: Yes
Affinity Bloc: Sub-Saharan Peoples
People Cluster: Bantu, Makua-Yao
People Name General: Yao, Muslim
Ethnic Code: NAB57b
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
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Primary Language: Yao (596,000 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): yao    Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages: 1
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Islam
Major Religions:
Buddhism0.00 % 
Christianity2.00 %(Evangelical: 1.20 %)
Ethnic Religions5.00 % 
Hinduism0.00 % 
Islam93.00 % 
Non-Religious0.00 % 
Other / Small0.00 % 
Unknown0.00 % 
Christianity Segments:
Anglican70.00 %
Independent0.00 %
Protestant10.00 %
Orthodox0.00 %
Other Christian0.00 %
Roman Catholic20.00 %
(Evangelicals distributed across Christianity segments)
Progress Indicators [5]
Progress Scale[6]   Few evangelicals and few who claim to be Christians. Little, if any, history of Christianity.
Least-Reached: Yes
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: 1880-2008
New Testament:
Complete Bible: 2014
Possible Bible Sources: Forum of Bible Agencies
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 World Christian Resource Directory
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Audio RecordingsMegaVoice Audio Bible and Stories
Audio RecordingsAudio Bible teaching (GRN)
Audio RecordingsOnline New Testament (FCBH)
Film / VideoGod's Story Video
Film / VideoJesus Film: view in Yao
Film / VideoMagdalena (Jesus Film Project)
Film / VideoStory of Jesus for Children (JF Project)
Text / Printed MatterBible: Yao
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Text / Printed MatterWorld Missionary Press Booklets
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Yao, Muslim in Tanzania

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    Bantu, Makua-Yao     Africa, East and Southern    
      Yao, Muslim Tanzania    
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