• PEOPLE NAME: TEMBU OF SOUTH AFRICA

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PEID: 15539

ROP: 109937

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Affinity Group: Sub-Saharan African Peoples

Affinity Bloc: Sub-Saharan African

People Cluster: Bantu, Nguni

Language: Xhosa - (xho)

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Primary Religion: Ethnoreligion

Country: South Africa

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Population: 738,000

Global Population: 738,000


PEID: 15539

ROP: 109937

Progress of the Gospel: No Longer Unreached

Global Status of Evangelical Christianity: 2% or Greater but Less than 5% Evangelical


Overview: The Tembu of South Africa, numbering 738,000, are No Longer Unreached. They are part of the Bantu, Nguni people cluster within the Sub-Saharan African affinity bloc. This people group is only found in South Africa. Their primary language is Xhosa. The primary religion practiced by the Tembu is ethnoreligion. Ethnoreligion is deeply rooted in a people's ethnic identity and conversion essentially equates to cultural assimilation.


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