Nara people

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The Nara are a Nilotic ethnic group living in Eritrea and make up less than 1% of the population.[citation needed] The Nara people are generally Muslim, with a minority of people following Christianity and a few still practicing their African Traditional Religion beliefs. The Nara name means "Sky Heaven" and Speak a language called Nara-Bana, which means "Nara-Talk".[2] The Nara are divided into four subtribes, the Higir, Mogareb, Koyta, Santora.[3] They are typically agrarian and today have settled mostly along the border with Sudan.[4]

The Nara people speak the Nara language.

The Nara people used to call themselves the Barya.[5]


  1. ^ "Eritrea: Nara People's History". Retrieved 2010-02-09. 
  2. ^ "Eritrea: Nara People's History". Retrieved 2010-02-09. 
  3. ^ "Ethnologue report for language code:nrb". Retrieved 2006-08-31. 
  4. ^ Killion, Tom (1998). Historical Dictionary of Eritrea. ISBN 0-8108-3437-5. 
  5. ^ Cavalli-Sforza, L. Luca; Menozzi, Paolo; and Piazza Alberto The History and Geography of Human Genes Princeton, New Jersey: 1994 Princeton University Press "Ethiopians, Some of Their Neighbors, and North Africans" Page 173