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The Mao languages are a branch of the Omotic languages spoken in Ethiopia. The group had the following categories:

Linguistic classificationAfro-Asiatic

It is estimated that there are 5,000 speakers of Bambasi, 3,000 speakers each of Hozo and Seze and a few hundred Ganza speakers (Bender, 2000). During recent political upheavals, a few thousand Bambassi speakers established themselves in the valley of the Didessa River and Belo Jegonfoy woreda. Much of the Mirab Welega Zone was once the home of Mao languages, but they have lost speakers because of the increasing influence of Oromo.


  1. ^ Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2017). "Blue Nile Mao". Glottolog 3.0. Jena, Germany: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History.