Loma people

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The Loma
LomaGirl.jpg
Regions with significant populations
 Guinea 144,000 [1]
 Liberia 165,000 [2]
Languages
Loma
Religion
Loma religion, Christianity 20%
Related ethnic groups
Mende, Loko, Gbandi, Kpelle, Zialo

The Loma (or Loghoma, Looma, Lorma) are a Manden ethnic group living primarily in the mountainous, sparsely populated border region between Guinea and Liberia.[3] In 1991, their population was estimated in 250,000 Loma between both countries.[3]

The Loma speak a language in the Southwestern branch of the Mande family. The language is similar to the Kpelle, Mende, and Bandi languages.[3]

The Malinke, Konyaka, and Kissi refer to the Loma as Toma.[1][3] Loma today refer to themselves as Löömàgìtì (IPA: [lɔːmàɡìtì], or Löghömagiti [lɔɣɔmaɡiti] in Guinea), meaning "Loma people," and call their language Löömàgòòi [lɔːmàɡòːi] or Löghömàgòòi [lɔɣɔmàɡòːi]).[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Lewis, M. Paul, ed. (2009). "Toma". Ethnologue: Languages of the World, Sixteenth edition. SIL International. 
  2. ^ Lewis, M. Paul, ed. (2009). "Loma". Ethnologue: Languages of the World, Sixteenth edition. SIL International. 
  3. ^ a b c d e Leopold, Robert Selig (1991). "2". Prescriptive Alliance and Ritual Collaboration in Loma Society (Thesis). Indiana University. 

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