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Amasi, Banta in Cameroon

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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
10,000 Manta Christianity 73.00 % 1.50 % No No   

Amasi, Banta in Cameroon

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Introduction / History
The Manta people can be roughly divided into two broad groups, a Northern constituency and Southern constituency. Northern Manta refer to themselves as Banta and their language as Kisam. The Southern Manta use the name Manta for themselves and Tinta for the language they speak. Culturally, historically, and linguistically they are essentially homogeneous. As a whole they are geographically isolated. The nearest road is at least a day's hike from the nearest Manta village.

Manta people live in approximately fifteen major villages stretching over a twenty-mile range. The terrain is mountainous and thickly forested for the most part. Some villages have no church, no clinic, and no school.

Local traditional religion plays an active role in the live of most Manta people, even professing Christians. Syncretism is high, but church leaders have expressed a felt need for Scriptures in Manta. Church members themselves have indicated an interest in mother-tongue literature and literacy. Overall attitudes towards Bible translation and literacy are positive, though they believe English (and French for some) is more important than Manta. One difficulty may be getting people from different denominations to work together.

Teachers are somewhat favorable toward the introduction of Manta into the school curriculum. Despite their desire to learn English, comprehension of it remains low. Pidgin is much more widely understood and used, occasionally even in the classroom.

Manta and Pidgin are used throughout church services. They would be better served by the Pidgin New Testament. But any spiritual depth in the faith and a grasp of many fundamental Christian truths can only be achieved by having the Word of God in translated into Manta.

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Country: Cameroon
Continent: Africa
Region: Africa, West and Central
Persecution Rank:45 (Only top 50 ranked, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
10/40 Window: No
Location in Country:South West region: Manyu division northeast of Mamfe, from Mom border, Akwaya subdivision, to Manta, Mamfe subdivision.
(Source: Ethnologue 2016)
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People Name in Country: Amasi, Banta
People Name General: Amasi
Alternate People Names:
ROP3 Code: 100257
Joshua Project People ID: 10270
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 10,000
Population all Countries: 10,000
Least-Reached: No
Affinity Bloc: Sub-Saharan Peoples
People Cluster: Adamawa-Ubangi
People Name General: Amasi
Ethnic Code: NAB66z
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
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Primary Language: Manta (10,000 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): myg    Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages: 1
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Christianity
Major Religions:
Buddhism0.00 % 
Christianity73.00 %(Evangelical: 1.50 %)
Ethnic Religions27.00 % 
Hinduism0.00 % 
Islam0.00 % 
Non-Religious0.00 % 
Other / Small0.00 % 
Unknown0.00 % 
Christianity Segments:
Anglican0.00 %
Independent0.00 %
Protestant0.00 %
Orthodox0.00 %
Other Christian0.00 %
Roman Catholic0.00 %
(Evangelicals distributed across Christianity segments)
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Progress Scale[6]   Evangelicals have a larger relative representation among all who claim to be Christians.
Least-Reached: No
GSEC Status:Level 6   Greater than or equal to 10% Evangelical
Bible Translation Status
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New Testament: None Reported
Complete Bible: None Reported
Ministry Resources [7]
None Reported
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Amasi, Banta in Cameroon

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  Affinity Bloc             Global  
People Cluster
    Adamawa-Ubangi     Africa, West and Central    
      Amasi Cameroon    
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            Amasi, Banta in Cameroon          
      Religion Language  
      Christianity     Manta  
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