Argobba in Ethiopia

The Argobba have only been reported in Ethiopia
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Introduction / History

The Argobba are one of the Semitic-speaking peoples, and their language is part of the south Semitic group of languages. Argobba is a name used for both the ethnic group and the language. The Argobba people fled central Ethiopia to avoid forcible conversion to Christianity. They settled in well-watered and hilly areas which they cleared for cultivation. Once settled, they engaged in agriculture and weaving.


What Are Their Lives Like?

They still engage in agriculture, weaving or commerce. Those who are merchants are noted for their shrewdness.


What Are Their Beliefs?

Argobba people are Sunni Muslims who believe that the supreme God, Allah, spoke through his prophet, Mohammed, and taught mankind how to live a righteous life through the Koran and the Hadith. To live a righteous life, you must utter the Shahada (a statement of faith), pray five times a day facing Mecca, fast from sunup to sundown during the month of Ramadan, give alms to the poor, and make a pilgrimage to Mecca if you have the means. Muslims are prohibited from drinking alcohol, eating pork, gambling, stealing, slandering, and making idols. They gather for corporate prayer on Friday afternoons at a mosque, their place of worship. The two main holidays for Sunni Muslims are Eid al Fitr, the breaking of the monthly fast and Eid al Adha, the celebration of Abraham's willingness to sacrifice his son to Allah. Sunni religious practices are staid and simple. They believe that Allah has pre-determined our fates; they minimize free will. In most of the Muslim world, people depend on the spirit world for their daily needs since they regard Allah as too distant. Allah may determine their eternal salvation, but the spirits determine how well we live in our daily lives. For that reason, they must appease the spirits. They often use charms and amulets to help them with spiritual forces.


What Are Their Needs?

The Argobba people need the chance to put their trust in Jesus Christ, the one who offers a firm foundation. As it stands, they put their faith in charms and amulets that will never help them with their practical needs.


Prayer Points

Pray for the Lord to give the Argobba people a sense of spiritual need.
Pray for the Lord to thrust out workers to the Argobba people in Ethiopia.
Pray for the Lord to demonstrate his love and power by providing for Arbore families.
Pray for Argobba disciple to make more disciples.


Scripture Prayers for the Argobba in Ethiopia.


Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

People Name General Argobba
People Name in Country Argobba
Alternate Names Ankober
Population this Country 226,000
Population all Countries 226,000
Total Countries 1
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group No
GSEC 1  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Pioneer Workers Needed 5
People ID 10422
ROP3 Code 100494
ROP25 Code 300489
ROP25 Name Argobba
Country Ethiopia
Region Africa, East and Southern
Continent Africa
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 32  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Location in Country Amhara and Afar regions: Rift Valley in Yimlawo, Gusa, Shonke, Berehet, Khayr Amba, Melkajillo, Metehara, and Shewa Robit villages area. Northeast.   Source:  Ethnologue 2016
Country Ethiopia
Region Africa, East and Southern
Continent Africa
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 32  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Location in Country Amhara and Afar regions: Rift Valley in Yimlawo, Gusa, Shonke, Berehet, Khayr Amba, Melkajillo, Metehara, and Shewa Robit villages area. Northeast..   Source:  Ethnologue 2016
Primary Religion: Islam
Major Religion Percent
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 1.40 %)
4.60 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
0.00 %
Islam
95.40 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
Primary Language Argobba
Language Code agj   Ethnologue Listing
Primary Dialect Shonke-T’allaha
Dialect Code 7197   Global Recordings Listing
Language Written Unknown
Total Languages 2
Secondary Languages
Amharic
Primary Language Argobba
Language Code agj   Ethnologue Listing
Primary Dialect Shonke-T’allaha
Dialect Code 7197   Global Recordings Listing
Total Languages 2
Secondary Languages
  Amharic
People Groups Speaking Argobba

Primary Language:  Argobba

Bible Translation Status:  Unspecified

Resource Type Resource Name Source
None reported  
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Map Source Anonymous  
Profile Source Joshua Project 
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