National African Language Resource Center
The languages spoken by the Gurage are known as the Gurage languages. The variations among these languages are used to group the Gurage people into three dialectically varied subgroups:Northern,
Eastern and Western. However, the largest group within Eastern subgroup, known as the Silt’e, are identified foremost as Muslims .
The Gurage live a sedentary life based on agriculture, involving a complex system of crop rotation and transplanting. Ensete is their
main staple crop, but other cash crops are grown, which include coffee and Khat. Animal husbandry is practiced, but mainly for milk supply and dung. Other foods consumed include green cabbage, cheese, butter, and roasted grains with meat consumption being very limited