Rangi people

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A Rangi woman baking chapati for her tea house in central Tanzania

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