Kalanga in Tanzania

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Introduction / History

The Kalanga are also known as Bakalanga. They are the second largest people group in Botswana, though their numbers are greater in Zimbabwe. A small number also lives further north in Tanzania.

Their ancestors helped build the Mapungubwe Empire, which was the first uniform kingdom in southern Africa. They went on to help build two other kingdoms in the centuries that followed.

What Are Their Lives Like?

The Kalanga have always taken on the role of rainmakers. They perform a ritual that involves wearing a white shirt and black skirt, the latter represents rain clouds. They go to the Njelele shrine in Zimbabwe to plead for rain.

What Are Their Beliefs?

Though they have ancient beliefs regarding rainmaking, the Kalanga also embrace Christianity, even in Botswana where the Kalanga Church is weakest.

What Are Their Needs?

The Kalanga people need to put all their faith in God to provide them with rain and abundant crops.

Prayer Points

Pray for the Kalanga people to recognize Jehovah Jireh as their only provider and forsake all ancient gods.

Pray for Kalanga disciples who will make more disciples, especially in Botswana.

Pray for abundant rain and a great harvest this year as a testimony of God’s power and love.

Scripture Prayers for the Kalanga in Tanzania.



Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

People Name General Kalanga
People Name in Country Kalanga
Alternate Names Kalana; Lilima
Population this Country 19,000
Population all Countries 434,000
Total Countries 3
Indigenous No
Progress Scale 5
Unreached No
Frontier People Group No
Pioneer Workers Needed
People ID 12446
ROP3 Code 104460
ROP25 Code 303535
ROP25 Name Kalanga
Country Tanzania
Region Africa, East and Southern
Continent Africa
10/40 Window No
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Country Tanzania
Region Africa, East and Southern
Continent Africa
10/40 Window No
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank Not ranked

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Primary Religion: Christianity
Major Religion Percent
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 14.00 %)
95.00 %
Ethnic Religions
5.00 %
0.00 %
0.00 %
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
0.00 %
Primary Language Kalanga (19,000 speakers)
Language Code kck   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 1
Primary Language Kalanga (19,000 speakers)
Language Code kck   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Kalanga

Primary Language:  Kalanga

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1904-1993)
Bible-New Testament Yes  (1999)
Bible-Complete Yes  (2009-2018)
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Possible Print Bibles
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Forum Bible Agencies
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Resource Type Resource Name Source
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching Global Recordings Network
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Kalanga Jesus Film Project
Film / Video LUMO film of Gospels Bible Media Group/LUMO
Film / Video World Christian Videos World Christian Videos
General Faith Comes By Hearing - Bible in text or audio or video Faith Comes by Hearing
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General YouVersion Bible versions in text and/or audio YouVersion Bibles
Mobile App Android Bible app: Kalanga YouVersion Bibles
Mobile App iOS Bible app: Kalanga YouVersion Bibles
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