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The following article is from The Great Soviet Encyclopedia (1979). It might be outdated or ideologically biased.

Ovambo

 

(Ambo), a people living in southern Angola (population, approximately 120,000; 1970, estimate) and northern Namibia (population, 342,500; 1970 census).

The Ovambo are subdivided into the Ondonga, Ukualuthi, Ongandjera, Ukuanyama, Ukuambi, Ombalantu, and other tribes. They speak dialects of the Otjiambo language, which belongs to the Bantu family of languages. The Ovambo have preserved their local traditional beliefs; some are Lutherans. Most Ovambo engage in livestock breeding and hoe cultivation; others are employed on karakul breeding farms, in the mining and fish-canning industries, and in service-oriented occupations.

The Great Soviet Encyclopedia, 3rd Edition (1970-1979). © 2010 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.
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