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Bench in Ethiopia

Bench

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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
562,000 Bench Christianity 73.00 % 65.69 %   

Bench in Ethiopia

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Introduction / History
Cerulli includes the following groups of people within the Gimira or Bench people group: The Shako, the Dizu-Benesho, the She, the Kaba, the Nao, and the Maji.

The area where the Bench are found is generally made up of Savannah and forest land. According to Cerulli, this people group works as agriculturalists and produces sorghum, maize, wheat, and barley using a terracing system with the hoe as their principal tool. Sheep, cows and fowls are plentiful among the Bench people. Their food consists of meat of cattle and goats or sheep, milk, maize, and a kind of cassava that is a popular food item.

Piercing and stretching of the lobe of the right ear with ornaments or small pieces of wood is very common among the Bench, though this custom is practiced only by chiefs, hunters or brave warriors.

The Gimira are mainly ethnic religion believers of a sky-god. However, much more importance is given to the many local spirits. It is believed that the spirits by means of certain rituals become embodied in the living form of a ritual expert. Although the sky-god is not actually worshipped, periodical sacrifices are offered (a fowl, a cow, an axe) chiefly to appease his anger when somebody has died.

The number of indigenous churches is about 21, which is very high.

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Country: Ethiopia
Continent: Africa
Region: Africa, East and Southern
Persecution Rank:28 (Only top 50 ranked, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
10/40 Window: Yes
Total Provinces on file:1
Location in Country:Southern Nations, Nationalities, and Peoples’ region: Mizan Teferi area.
(Source: Ethnologue 2016)
   
 
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People Name in Country: Bench
People Name General: Bench
Alternate People Names:
BenchoDizu
GhimiarraGimarra
GimiraMer
SheSiiz
ROP3 Code: 103375
Joshua Project People ID: 11896
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 562,000
Population all Countries: 562,000
Least-Reached: No
   
 
Affinity Bloc: Horn of Africa Peoples
People Cluster: Omotic
People Name General: Bench
Ethnic Code: CMT33d
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
   
 
Language
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Primary Language: Bench (562,000 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): bcq    Ethnologue Listing
Primary Dialect:She
Dialect Code:20767
Total Languages: 1
   
 
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Christianity
Religion Sub-division:Protestant
Major Religions:
Buddhism0.00 % 
Christianity73.00 %(Evangelical: 65.69 %)
Ethnic Religions23.00 % 
Hinduism0.00 % 
Islam4.00 % 
Non-Religious0.00 % 
Other / Small0.00 % 
Unknown0.00 % 
Christianity Segments:
Anglican0.00 %
Independent0.00 %
Protestant100.00 %
Orthodox0.00 %
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 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: 1991
New Testament:
1990Audio
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 Bench
 
 
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