East Cushitic ethnic group native to the Horn of Africa
For the language, see Oromo language.
See also: Cushitic peoples and Horn of Africa
Oromo people with dresses at Irreechaa festival, 2015
Regions with significant populations
Islam (55%-60%), Christianity (40%-45%), Traditional religion (Waaqeffanna) (up to 15%)
Related ethnic groups
Somali, Sidama, Gabra, Rendille and other Cushitic people
The Oromo (pron. /ˈɒrəmoʊ/ Oromo: Oromoo) are a Cushitic ethnic group native to the Oromia region of Ethiopia and parts of Northern Kenya, who speak the Oromo language (also called Afaan Oromoo or Oromiffa), which is part of the Cushitic branch of the Afroasiatic language family. They are the largest ethnic group in Ethiopia and represent a large portion of Ethiopia's population.
The Oromo people traditionally used the gadaa system as the primary form of governance. A leader is elected by the gadaa system and their term lasts eight years, with an election taking place at the end of those eight years. Although most modern Oromos are Muslims and Christians, about 3% practice Waaqeffanna, the native ancient monotheistic religion of Oromos.
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