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Mao, Northern in Ethiopia

Mao, Northern

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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
3,800 Ma'we's Aas'e' Islam 4.80 % 1.50 % No No   

Mao, Northern in Ethiopia

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Introduction / History
The Northern Mao of Ethiopia primarily reside in rural villages in western Ethiopia, around Bambassi town and in the Didessa River Valley. Most Northern Mao are farmers. The Northern Mao around Bambassi and in the Didessa River Valley share a common culture and language. However, the Northern Mao around Bambassi are predominantly Muslim, while those in the Didessa River Valley are predominantly Christian. Though Northern and Southern Mao recognize one another as having a shared cultural identity, they realize that their languages are completely different. When Northern Mao and Southern Mao people meet, they usually use another language, like Oromo, to communicate.

A majority of Northern Mao people speak only their mother tongue and cannot adequately use Scripture in a second language. Their very low literacy rate suggests that a literacy program in the area may be difficult. It would be beneficial to also present Scripture in Northern Mao on audiocassettes. Though their motivation to read may be quite low, the Northern Mao Christians appear to have a great desire for Scripture in their mother tongue. During an interview, when asked what kinds of materials they would like to see translated into Northern Mao, they replied, "the Bible."

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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:Benishangul-Gumuz region: Bambassi area and Didessa river valley; Oromia region: western Wellaga zone.
(Source: Ethnologue 2016)
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Linguistic Map:Ethnologue language map
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People Name in Country: Mao, Northern
People Name General: Mao, Northern
Alternate People Names:
Northern Mao
ROP3 Code: 107451
Joshua Project People ID: 14023
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 3,800
Population all Countries: 3,800
Least-Reached: Yes
Affinity Bloc: Horn of Africa Peoples
People Cluster: Omotic
People Name General: Mao, Northern
Ethnic Code: CMT33d
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
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Primary Language: Ma'we's Aas'e' (3,800 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): myf    Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages: 1
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Islam
Major Religions:
Buddhism0.00 % 
Christianity4.80 %(Evangelical: 1.50 %)
Ethnic Religions10.00 % 
Hinduism0.00 % 
Islam85.20 % 
Non-Religious0.00 % 
Other / Small0.00 % 
Unknown0.00 % 
Christianity Segments:
Anglican0.00 %
Independent10.00 %
Protestant25.00 %
Orthodox65.00 %
Other Christian0.00 %
Roman Catholic0.00 %
(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 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: Help start a Bible Translation
New Testament: None Reported
Complete Bible: None Reported
Ministry Resources [7]
None Reported
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Mao, Northern in Ethiopia

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People Cluster
    Omotic     Africa, East and Southern    
      Mao, Northern Ethiopia    
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