Mangbetu in Uganda

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Introduction / History

The name Mangbetu refers to a large people group of the northeastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). The major subgroups are the Mangbetu, Meegye, Makere, Malele, Popoi and Abelu. The Mangbetu area is one of both forest and savannah. The economy is a mixture of agriculture, small animal husbandry, hunting, fishing and gathering. Cash crops have included palm oil, coffee, peanuts, rice, bananas, and maize.

Until very recently, the Mangbetu were one of a small number of Congolese peoples who paid death compensations. A person who died was considered to have done so "in the hands of" his father's family group. This meant that the father's group had to compensate the mother's group, regardless of the circumstances of death. Their traditional belief system includes a complex of ideas about witchcraft and sorcery. One such idea is that the power of witchcraft resides in an appendage of the small intestine, which is inherited by girls from their mother and by boys from their father.

A Mangbetu kingdom was already highly developed at the time of first contact with Europeans. However, compared to some of their neighbors, the group has advanced little in the areas of education and economics.

A Bible translation project in Mangbetu was started in 1980, and three booklets of New Testament selections have been published. Although literacy rather than translation was emphasized in the 1990s, translation work has begun again.

Prayer Points

* Scripture Prayers for the Mangbetu in Uganda.

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People Name General Mangbetu
People Name in Country Mangbetu
Population this Country 104,000
Population all Countries 1,911,000
Total Countries 2
Indigenous No
Progress Scale 5
Unreached No
Frontier People Group No
GSEC 1  (per
Pioneer Workers Needed
Alternate Names Amangbetu; Makere
People ID 13501
ROP3 Code 106251
Country Uganda
Region Africa, East and Southern
Continent Africa
10/40 Window No
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Country Uganda
Region Africa, East and Southern
Continent Africa
10/40 Window No
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Primary Language Mangbetu (104,000 speakers)
Language Code mdj   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 1
Primary Language Mangbetu (104,000 speakers)
Language Code mdj   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Mangbetu

Primary Language:  Mangbetu

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1988-2007)
Bible-New Testament No
Bible-Complete No
Possible Print Bibles
World Bibles
Forum Bible Agencies
National Bible Societies
World Bible Finder
Virtual Storehouse
Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (Global Recordings Network)
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Mangbetu
General Gospel resources links (Scripture Earth)
Primary Religion: Christianity
Religion Subdivision: Roman Catholic
Major Religion Percent
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 18.00 %)
70.00 %
Ethnic Religions
30.00 %
0.00 %
0.00 %
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
0.00 %
Christian Segments Percent
30.0 %
10.0 %
0.0 %
Other Christian
0.0 %
15.0 %
Roman Catholic
45.0 %
Map Source Anonymous  
Profile Source Anonymous  
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