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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Table 1 Distribution of major ethnic groups in Ethiopia, 1994 (a) % of total Ethnic group Population population Oromo 17,080,318 32.1 Amhara 16,007,933 30.1 Tigraway 3,284,568 6.2 Somali 3,160,540 5.9 Guragie 2,290,274 4.3 Sidama 1,842,314 3.5 Welaita 1,269,216 2.4 Afar 979,367 1.8 Hadiya 927,933 1.7 Gamo 719,847 1.4 Gedeo 639,905 1.2 Keffa 599,188 1.1 Kembata 499,825 0.9 Agew/Awingi 397,491 0.7 Kulo 331,483 0.6 Goffa 241,530 0.5 Bench 173,123 0.3 Kemant 172,327 0.3 Yemsa 165,184 0.3 Agew/Kamyr 158,231 0.3 Ari 155,002 0.3 Konso 153,419 0.3 Alaba 125,900 0.2 Gumuz 121,487 0.2 Jebelawa 118,530 0.2 Koyra 107,595 0.2 All others (including 1,409,766 3.0 fifty-three ethnic groups) Total 53,132,296 100.0 (a) The last census was taken in 1994.