Northern Mao in Ethiopia

The Northern Mao have only been reported in Ethiopia
Population
Main Language
Largest Religion
Christian
Evangelical
Progress
Progress Gauge

Introduction / History

The Northern Mao of Ethiopia primarily reside in rural villages in western Ethiopia, around Bambassi town and in the Didessa River Valley.
Most Northern Mao people speak only their mother tongue and cannot adequately use Scripture in a second language.


What Are Their Lives Like?

Most Northern Mao are farmers. The Northern Mao around Bambassi and in the Didessa River Valley share a common culture and language.
Though Northern and Southern Mao recognize one another as having a shared cultural identity, they realize that their languages are completely different. When Northern Mao and Southern Mao people meet, they usually use another language, like Oromo, to communicate.


What Are Their Beliefs?

The Northern Mao around Bambassi are predominantly Muslim, while those in the Didessa River Valley are predominantly Christian.


What Are Their Needs?

Their very low literacy rate suggests that a literacy program in the area may be difficult. It would be beneficial to also present Scripture in Northern Mao on audiocassettes. Though their motivation to read may be quite low, the Northern Mao Christians appear to have a great desire for Scripture in their mother tongue. During an interview, when asked what kinds of materials they would like to see translated into Northern Mao, they replied, "the Bible."


Prayer Points

Pray for enough spiritual hunger to look beyond what they have been taught and find their way to the only savior.
Pray for dedicated workers who will stay with them until there are many disciples who will make more disciples.
Pray for the Lord to bless the Northern Mao people in such a way they will know he is the only one worthy of their devotion and worship.


Scripture Prayers for the Mao, Northern in Ethiopia.


Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

People Name General Mao, Northern
People Name in Country Mao, Northern
Natural Name Northern Mao
Alternate Names Bambeshi; Didessa; Northern Mao
Population this Country 4,300
Population all Countries 4,300
Total Countries 1
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group No
GSEC 1  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
People ID 14023
ROP3 Code 107451
ROP25 Code 300784
ROP25 Name Bambassi (Northern Mao)
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 Benishangul-Gumuz region: Bambassi area and Didessa river valley; Oromia region: western Wellaga zone.   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 Benishangul-Gumuz region: Bambassi area and Didessa river valley; Oromia region: western Wellaga zone..   Source:  Ethnologue 2016
Primary Religion: Islam
Major Religion Percent
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 1.50 %)
4.80 %
Ethnic Religions
10.00 %
Hinduism
0.00 %
Islam
85.20 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
Primary Language Mawes Aasse (4,300 speakers)
Language Code myf   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 1
Primary Language Mawes Aasse (4,300 speakers)
Language Code myf   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Mawes Aasse

Primary Language:  Mawes Aasse

Bible Translation Status:  Unspecified

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