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Bungu in Tanzania

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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
97,000 Bungu Christianity 80.00 % 0.00 % No   

Bungu in Tanzania

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Introduction / History
The Bungu are a Bantu speaking group of people living among the hills, plains, and ridge-like escarpments to the southeast of Lake Rukwa in the Great Rift Valley. Their villages are surrounded by vast expanses of deciduous forest.

The people live in mud brick homes with thatched roofs. Some farm and others fish. The main cash crop is cotton. In the more mountainous villages, they also grow and cure tobacco. For food, they plant rice, corn, millet, and cassava. Many of them also raise goats, cows, pigs, and chickens. The Lake upon which the fishermen depend is reported to be increasing in size, yet becoming more shallow, due to erosion. As a result, the fish are also becoming more scarce. Such work also has its hazards, as the number of crocodiles has been increasing.

The Roman Catholic Church has been in the Bungu area since 1901. Almost all the Bungu are adherents to Christianity in the form of Catholicism, yet to a large degree this is only cultural or nominal. Many still cling to the traditional religion, although most are reluctant to speak of it. Witchcraft is also reported to be widely practiced.

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Country: Tanzania
Continent: Africa
Region: Africa, East and Southern
10/40 Window: No
Location in Country:Mbeya region: Chunya district.
(Source: Ethnologue 2016)
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People Name in Country: Bungu
People Name General: Bungu
Alternate People Names:
ROP3 Code: 110875
Joshua Project People ID: 15423
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 97,000
Population all Countries: 97,000
Least-Reached: No
Affinity Bloc: Sub-Saharan Peoples
People Cluster: Bantu, Central-Tanzania
People Name General: Bungu
Ethnic Code: NAB57o
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Primary Language: Bungu (97,000 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): wun    Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages: 1
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Christianity
Religion Sub-division:Roman Catholic
Major Religions:
Buddhism0.00 % 
Christianity80.00 %(Evangelical: 0.00 %)
Ethnic Religions10.00 % 
Hinduism0.00 % 
Islam10.00 % 
Non-Religious0.00 % 
Other / Small0.00 % 
Unknown0.00 % 
Christianity Segments:
Anglican0.00 %
Independent0.00 %
Protestant25.00 %
Orthodox0.00 %
Other Christian0.00 %
Roman Catholic75.00 %
(Evangelicals distributed across Christianity segments)
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Progress Scale[6]   Evangelicals have a larger relative representation among all who claim to be Christians.
Least-Reached: No
GSEC Status:Level 2   Less than 2% Evangelical. Initial (localized) church planting within past 2 years
Bible Translation Status
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Bible Portions: Yes
New Testament: None Reported
Complete Bible: None Reported
Possible Bible Sources: Forum of Bible Agencies
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Bungu in Tanzania

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      Bungu Tanzania    
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