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Kinga in Tanzania

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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
243,000 Kinga Christianity 85.00 % 14.00 % No   

Kinga in Tanzania

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Introduction / History
The Kinga people live in the Livingston Mountains near the northeastern shore of Lake Malawi in southwestern Tanzania. The Lutherans are strong in this area. Dr. T. C. Schadeberg from Lieden University has studied this language in 1970. Gift giving and singing are a way the Kinga welcome their guests. Since they have had an extended contact with other nearby groups and the Germans who first worked in this area, their traditional bride price items of goats, cattle and hoes have been supplemented with the new "market economy" commercial items such as printed cloth and sugar. (George Park)

Mari Koizumi a Japanese anthropologist from Yale has studied the Kinga people of Makete District. There are several schools started by the Lutherans in this area. Bishop Shadrack Manyiewa, local Lutheran leader for this area wrote his thesis on "Contexualization of the Gospel in Kinga Culture." A language assessment is being done now (May, 2003) to see if their Kinga New Testament done in 1961 needs to be revised and if it can help other languages in this general area.

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Country: Tanzania
Continent: Africa
Region: Africa, East and Southern
10/40 Window: No
Location in Country:Iringa region: Makete district, Kipengere mountain range; Mbeya region.
(Source: Ethnologue 2016)
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People Name in Country: Kinga
People Name General: Kinga
ROP3 Code: 105017
Joshua Project People ID: 12699
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 243,000
Population all Countries: 243,000
Least-Reached: No
Affinity Bloc: Sub-Saharan Peoples
People Cluster: Bantu, Central-Tanzania
People Name General: Kinga
Ethnic Code: NAB57o
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
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Primary Language: Kinga (243,000 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): zga    Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages: 1
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Christianity
Religion Sub-division:Roman Catholic
Major Religions:
Buddhism0.00 % 
Christianity85.00 %(Evangelical: 14.00 %)
Ethnic Religions4.00 % 
Hinduism0.00 % 
Islam11.00 % 
Non-Religious0.00 % 
Other / Small0.00 % 
Unknown0.00 % 
Christianity Segments:
Anglican0.00 %
Independent5.00 %
Protestant30.00 %
Orthodox0.00 %
Other Christian0.00 %
Roman Catholic65.00 %
(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: 2009-2010
New Testament:
Complete Bible: None Reported
Possible Bible Sources: Forum of Bible Agencies
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 World Christian Resource Directory
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Audio RecordingsMegaVoice Audio Bible and Stories
Film / VideoJesus Film: view in Kinga
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Kinga in Tanzania

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