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Mijikenda, Giriama in Kenya

Mijikenda, Giriama

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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
1,307,000 Kigiryama Christianity 90.00 % 48.00 %   

Mijikenda, Giriama in Kenya

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Introduction / History
The Giriama (Agiryama) people are Bantus living along the coastal areas of Kenya. They have migrated from Singwaya in the north eastern sides of Kenyan coast bordering the Oromo.

Where are they located?
They largely live along the Kenya coast, mostly found in the Kilifi and Malind district. They are found also sparsely in Mombasa and Kwale Districts of the coast province.

What are their lives like?
The Giriamas were largely famers, hunters and gatheres. They currently farm, though in really small scale. The crops they plannt include perennials like coconuts and cashewnuts which act as main cashcrops. They also plant Maise, Millet and peas. The Giriamas are largely social, leaving in extended families though recently the trend seems to be dropped. They live in Makuti thatched houses mostly which are mud walled, but recently iron sheets and brick structures have started to be common. Some take advanted of the close proximity to the Indian ocoean by fishing though is small scale. those that do this practise it purely for subsistance.

What are their beliefs?
The Giriamas were originally traditionalist, believing in idols, called the Koma. They used to sacrifise at the Koma,nearly on weekely basis. Sacrifices included Alcohol (the tradiational Manazi) which is palm wine. They believe that the koma were actually the representatives of the living dead, they would therefor name the komas with names og all the elders that have gone befopre them. The koma was a curves piece of wood, and the eledest of them that have already gone before them was represented with a bigger peice of wood called the Kigango. When trouble befalls a family, they would sometime go to scarifice by the koma side, sometimes porridge and blood would be used. Th Giriama however are now largely migrating from these believes and majorly have become Christians, with some few becomeing muslims. There are afew however that stiil practise the tradition religion. They also believed in witchcraft.

What are their needs?
The Giriamas need largely education and Evangelism. The preaching previously of the gospel was not of accepting the Lord Jesus the Christ but was rather on going to church which resulted inmany going to church whilst still practising their religion and traditional beliefs.

Prayer Points
* Breaking the yoke of traditional religion
* Removal of the bonage of curses
* Move of the Holy Ghost to teach on acceptance of Christ

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Country: Kenya
Continent: Africa
Region: Africa, East and Southern
Persecution Rank:49 (Only top 50 ranked, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
10/40 Window: No
Location in Country:Kilifi and Kwale counties: north of Mombasa; Tana River county.
(Source: Ethnologue 2016)
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People Name in Country: Mijikenda, Giriama
People Name General: Mijikenda, Giriama
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ROP3 Code: 103386
Joshua Project People ID: 11904
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 1,307,000
Population all Countries: 1,307,000
Least-Reached: No
Affinity Bloc: Sub-Saharan Peoples
People Cluster: Bantu, East-Coastal
People Name General: Mijikenda, Giriama
Ethnic Code: NAB57j
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
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Primary Language: Kigiryama
Language Code (ISO): nyf    Ethnologue Listing
Primary Dialect:Kigiryama
Dialect Code:1037
Secondary Languages:
Chichonyi-Chidzihana-Chik (Unknown)
Total Languages: 2
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Christianity
Religion Sub-division:Anglican
Major Religions:
Buddhism0.00 % 
Christianity90.00 %(Evangelical: 48.00 %)
Ethnic Religions5.00 % 
Hinduism0.00 % 
Islam5.00 % 
Non-Religious0.00 % 
Other / Small0.00 % 
Unknown0.00 % 
Christianity Segments:
Anglican45.00 %
Independent20.00 %
Protestant25.00 %
Orthodox0.00 %
Other Christian0.00 %
Roman Catholic10.00 %
(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: 1848-1999
New Testament:
Complete Bible: 1901-2018
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 (FCBH)
Film / VideoGod's Story Video
Film / VideoJesus Film: view in Kigiryama
Film / VideoLUMO film of Gospels
Text / Printed MatterOnline Bible text (Scripture Earth)
Text / Printed MatterWorld Missionary Press Booklets
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Mijikenda, Giriama in Kenya

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