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Alagwa in Tanzania



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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
55,000 Alagwa Islam 0.02 % 0.02 % No No   

Alagwa in Tanzania

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Introduction / History
The Alagwa live in the north central region of Tanzania. They predominantly occupy 15 villages in a rocky hill region that ranges in elevation between 4,000 and 6,000 feet.

The Alagwa are farmers. Their principal crops are maize and millet. They work cooperatively to cultivate large fields, raise livestock, build houses and roads, and dig wells. Though the Bubu River runs through the middle of lower lands, the higher regions suffer greatly from lack of water. Their annual rainfall is only 500 to 800 millimeters. Consequently much of their time is spent either digging wells or walking miles each day to retrieve enough water for the needs of their families.

The Alagwa believe they are descendants of Habesh, a son of the 10th generation of Ham. Many believe that they are still living out Noah's curse to his second son. Tradition also tells of their travels to the city of Mecca. The Alagwa retell the story about being rejected by the people of Mecca because they had no religion. They were not yet Muslim and still worshipped in the way of their ancestors. Perhaps this is why they later embraced Islam so wholeheartedly that today the great majority of the people follow the teachings of Mohammed.

They are a very reserved people, slow to receive outsiders. Some of their reserved behavior is evident in the way they build and care for their homes. Their houses are built of fired brick with distinctive grass roofs that peak high above the entry. The homes are often surrounded by high and sturdy fences made of grass, reeds, or sticks. These fences and the area around as well as within are kept swept and clean of any debris. Each home has a neat, well-tended appearance. Their quiet reserve also extends to their religious lives. Christian missionaries, whether expatriates or Tanzanian, had historically left in discouragement from lack of response. All of that changed recently when several missionary families moved there and wer able to see success in producing Scripture resources. Several have been baptized and a small church meets weekly.

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Global Prayer Digest: 2010-01-25
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Country: Tanzania
Continent: Africa
Region: Africa, East and Southern
10/40 Window: No
Location in Country:Dodoma region: Kondoa district.
(Source: Ethnologue 2016)
   
 
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People Name in Country: Alagwa
People Name General: Alagwa
Alternate People Names:
AlawaChasi
PeleataUase
Wasi
ROP3 Code: 100210
Joshua Project People ID: 10242
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 55,000
Population all Countries: 55,000
Least-Reached: Yes
   
 
Affinity Bloc: Sub-Saharan Peoples
People Cluster: Sub-Saharan African, other
People Name General: Alagwa
Ethnic Code: CMT33z
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Language
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Primary Language: Alagwa (55,000 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): wbj    Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages: 1
   
 
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Islam
Major Religions:
Buddhism0.00 % 
Christianity0.02 %(Evangelical: 0.02 %)
Ethnic Religions0.00 % 
Hinduism0.00 % 
Islam99.98 % 
Non-Religious0.00 % 
Other / Small0.00 % 
Unknown0.00 % 
Christianity Segments:
Anglican0.00 %
Independent5.00 %
Protestant40.00 %
Orthodox0.00 %
Other Christian0.00 %
Roman Catholic55.00 %
 
(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: 2018
New Testament: None Reported
Complete Bible: None Reported
Possible Bible Sources: Forum of Bible Agencies
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