Bassari in Guinea-Bissau





Largest Religion

Main Language



Most Bassari are concentrated on either side of the Senegal-Guinea border, with several hundred in Guinea-Bissau. The Bassari arrived in the area between the 11th and 19th centuries, establishing their settlements in the hills. These settlements provided defensible vantage points overlooking the plains below, and were made up of groups of circular thatched huts congregated around a central space. The area remains remote and many of the cultural adaptations of the people, including their agro-pastoral, social, ritual, and spiritual practices, persist to this day.

Ministry Obstacles

The area where the Bassari live has been described as remote.

Outreach Ideas

Gospel recordings are available in the language of the Bassari people. Workers are needed to carry these to the people.

Pray for the Followers of Christ

There are a number of Christian believers among the Bassari living in Senegal and Guinea. Pray some of these will be given a desire to carry the message of Christ to the Bassari of Guinea-Bissau, and help disciple the few believers already there.

Pray for the Entire People Group

Pray for good crops for the Bassari, and for health care facilities to be made available.

Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

People Name General Bassari
People Name in Country Bassari
Population in Guinea-Bissau 600
World Population 37,000
Countries 3
Progress Scale 1.2
Least-Reached Yes
Unengaged Yes (per Finishing the Task)
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Basari, Boin, Ncham, Tenda Basari, Tenda Boeni, Tobota
Affinity Bloc Sub-Saharan Peoples
People Cluster Atlantic
People Name General Bassari
Ethnic Code NAB56c
People ID 10711
Country Guinea-Bissau
Region West and Central Africa
Continent Africa
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Location in Country Northeast.   Source:  Ethnologue 2010
Languages & Dialects on file:  1  (up to 20 largest shown)
Oniyan: Bassari (600)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Oniyan: Bassari 600
For Primary Language: Oniyan

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions Yes
New Testament Yes   (2011)
Complete Bible No
Resource Format
Audio Bible teaching (GRN) Audio Recordings
Primary Religion: Ethnic Religions

Major Religion Percent
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.50 %)
5.00 %
Ethnic Religions
90.00 %
0.00 %
5.00 %
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
0.00 %

Christian Segments Percent
0.0 %
10.0 %
0.0 %
Other Christian
10.0 %
15.0 %
Roman Catholic
65.0 %
Photo Source: Darcy Dueck  
Map Source: Bryan Nicholson / cartoMission  
Profile Source: Joshua Project  
Data Sources: Data is compiled from various sources. Read more

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