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Sumbwa in Tanzania

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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
515,000 Sumbwa Ethnic Religions 32.00 % 5.00 % No No   

Sumbwa in Tanzania

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Introduction / History
The Sumbwa people are scattered over a wide area in northern Tanzania. According to tradition, they originated in the far western part of the country, and many, many years ago they moved into the north central area of the country, where they conquered the local people and set up their own chiefdom. This area is considered the heart of the Sumbwa lands, although many Sumbwa live quite far from there.

Originally, the Sumbwa were hunters, but now they are mainly farmers. Cotton is their main cash crop, and they grow maize and cassava for food. Bee-keeping for the purpose of gathering honey is also one of their sources of food and income. Among the Sumbwa people there are Christians, Muslims, and followers of the traditional religion. A large percentage of the Sumbwa claim affiliation with the Roman Catholic church, which has been in the area for over one-hundred years. There are other Christian denominations in the area, but most have arrived only within the past ten years or so. Many Sumbwa still follow the traditional religion, while few of the Sumbwa are followers of Islam.

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Country: Tanzania
Continent: Africa
Region: Africa, East and Southern
10/40 Window: No
Location in Country:Shinyanga region: Bukombe district; Mwanza and Kagera regions; small area in Tabora region.
(Source: Ethnologue 2016)
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People Name in Country: Sumbwa
People Name General: Sumbwa
ROP3 Code: 109603
Joshua Project People ID: 15120
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 515,000
Population all Countries: 515,000
Least-Reached: No
Affinity Bloc: Sub-Saharan Peoples
People Cluster: Bantu, Central-Tanzania
People Name General: Sumbwa
Ethnic Code: NAB57o
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
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Primary Language: Sumbwa (515,000 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): suw    Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages: 1
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Ethnic Religions
Major Religions:
Buddhism0.00 % 
Christianity32.00 %(Evangelical: 5.00 %)
Ethnic Religions45.00 % 
Hinduism0.00 % 
Islam23.00 % 
Non-Religious0.00 % 
Other / Small0.00 % 
Unknown0.00 % 
Christianity Segments:
Anglican10.00 %
Independent5.00 %
Protestant30.00 %
Orthodox0.00 %
Other Christian0.00 %
Roman Catholic55.00 %
(Evangelicals distributed across Christianity segments)
Progress Indicators [5]
Progress Scale[6]   Evangelicals have a modest presence.
Least-Reached: No
GSEC Status:Level 4   Greater than or equal to 2% Evangelical
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New Testament: None Reported
Complete Bible: None Reported
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Sumbwa in Tanzania

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    Bantu, Central-Tanzania     Africa, East and Southern    
      Sumbwa Tanzania    
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