Rangi people

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The Rangi are an ethnic and linguistic group based in the Dodoma Region of central Tanzania. In 1999 the Rangi population was estimated to number 350,000 [1].

The Rangi call their language Kilaangi, though it is more commonly known as Rangi or Kirangi.


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  • It was made clear that all Rangi people came from Bahi district in the middle of 18890