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Gamo in Ethiopia


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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
1,806,000 Gamo Christianity 85.00 % 49.14 %   

Gamo in Ethiopia

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Introduction / History
Gamo is the name of people and their land according to "Gamo Gofa Hiziboch Tarik". The name Gamo means "Lion" and the people are heroic and strong. The people are one of the main tribes of Ethiopia. Their primary means of subsistence is mixed agriculture. Secondarily, they practice weaving. The land of Gamo has the country's second highest mountain. The people are very connected to nature and have an advanced indigenous culture.

Where are they located?
They are located in the southwest part of the country which is part of the East African Rift Valley. The region contains two Rift Valley lakes and the Nech Sar national park, where the Gamo live.

What are their lives like?
Most of the people live in the highland area and practice mixed agriculture. Weaving is important as well and they are known for this skill. The people are still poor because of subsistence agriculture and land degradation.

What are their beliefs?
Previously they believed in nature like mountains, rivers and the like. But now Protestantism is dominant, followed by Orthodox Christianity. Nevertheless, they continue to follow some traditional beliefs.

What are their needs?
There is a lack of education and road access to join the lowland Gamo region with the highland region. Most children lack sufficient food to survive.

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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:Southern Nations, Nationalities, and Peoples’ region: Gamo-Gofa zone..
(Source: Ethnologue 2016)
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Linguistic Map:Ethnologue language map
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People Name in Country: Gamo
People Name General: Gamo
Alternate People Names:
ROP3 Code: 103177
Joshua Project People ID: 11814
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 1,806,000
Population all Countries: 1,806,000
Least-Reached: No
Affinity Bloc: Horn of Africa Peoples
People Cluster: Omotic
People Name General: Gamo
Ethnic Code: CMT33d
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
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Primary Language: Gamo (1,806,000 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): gmv    Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages: 1
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Christianity
Religion Sub-division:Protestant
Major Religions:
Buddhism0.00 % 
Christianity85.00 %(Evangelical: 49.14 %)
Ethnic Religions3.00 % 
Hinduism0.00 % 
Islam10.00 % 
Non-Religious2.00 % 
Other / Small0.00 % 
Unknown0.00 % 
Christianity Segments:
Anglican0.00 %
Independent0.00 %
Protestant60.00 %
Orthodox40.00 %
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 6   Greater than or equal to 10% Evangelical
Bible Translation Status
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Bible Portions: Yes
New Testament:
Complete Bible: 2018
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 - Gamo (FCBH)
Audio RecordingsOral Bible
Film / VideoJesus Film: view in Gamo
Film / VideoMagdalena (Jesus Film Project)
Text / Printed MatterBible: Ooratha Caaqo Maxaafa Gamoththo
Text / Printed MatterBible: ኦራ ጫቆ ማፃፋ ጋሞ ...
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Gamo in Ethiopia

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People Cluster
    Omotic     Africa, East and Southern    
      Gamo Ethiopia    
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            Gamo in Ethiopia          
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      Christianity     Gamo  
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