Bravanese people

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Bravanese
Regions with significant populations
 Somalia
Languages
Bravanese and Somali
Religion
Islam
Related ethnic groups
Bajuni

The Bravanese people, also known as the Barawani, are an ethnic group inhabiting Somalia.

Overview[edit]

As their name suggests, the Bravanese hail from Brava (Barawa), a port town on the southeastern coast of Somalia, where they were the primary inhabitants until the 1970s.

The population's members trace their origins to diverse groups, notably the coastal Bantu and the Eyle Khoisanoid hunter-gather minorities of southern Somalia, as well as later additions such as Arab, Persian and Cushitic immigrants.[1]

Language[edit]

The Bravanese speak the Bravanese language (Chimwiini), a variant of the Bantu Swahili language.[2] Many also speak Somali, which is an Afro-Asiatic language.

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Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Abdullahi, p.11.
  2. ^ Ethnologue report for Somalia

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