Gurage

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Gurage

 

a people living in Ethiopia, in the southwestern regions of Shoa Province, in Arusi Province, and in Addis Ababa. Population, over 500,000 (1967, estimate). The Gu-rage language belongs to the Semitic group of the Hamito-Semitic languages. There are both Muslims and Monophysite Christians among the Gurage. Their basic occupations are agriculture and cattle raising. They are also famous as very skilled craftsmen. The Gurage is one of the groups of people in the emerging Ethiopian nation.

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