Buja in Congo, Democratic Republic of

Joshua Project has identified the Buja only in Congo, Democratic Republic of





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Main Language


Introduction / History

Deep in the forests of the western DRC, swamps and ponds teem with life. Here, the Budja people make their homes, planting small gardens with staples of yams and plantain to supplement their diet of abundant fish. Although local roads are sparse and largely impassable, the Congo River provides transport to markets. Some men travel by river to urban areas in search of more lucrative employment.

Life is simple, but not easy, among the Budja people. Underlying other religious professions, traditional beliefs assume that both good and bad events have spiritual causes addressed through appropriate prayers, sacrifices or ceremonial rituals.

As a matrilineal culture, Budja inheritance passes through the mother, and the matriarch is considered head of the family or clan. Traditional chiefs also play an important and highly respected role in Budja communities.

Budja families construct their homes of local materials and usually roof them with leaves or woven palm shingles. Besides fishing and gardening, to supplement both their diet and their income they gather forest products: wild game, snails, caterpillars, firewood, rattan vines, palm wine, palm nuts and palm oil.

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Profile Source:   Anonymous  

People Name General Buja
People Name in Country Buja
Population in Congo, Democratic Republic of 520,000
World Population 520,000
Countries 1
Progress Scale 3.2
Least-Reached No
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Budja, Budza, North Buja, South Buja
Affinity Bloc Sub-Saharan Peoples
People Cluster Bantu, Central-Congo
People Name General Buja
Ethnic Code NAB57h
People ID 10990
Country Congo, Democratic Republic of
Region West and Central Africa
Continent Africa
10/40 Window No
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Location in Country Equateur Province, Mongala, Bumba, and parts of Bongandanga territories.   Source:  Ethnologue 2010

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Enthologue Language Map

Languages & Dialects on file:  2  (up to 20 largest shown)
Budza Lingala
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Budza Lingala
For Primary Language: Budza

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Translation Need Questionable
Resource Format
Audio Bible teaching (GRN) Audio Recordings
Primary Religion: Christianity
Religion Subdivision: Roman Catholic

Major Religion Percent
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 25.00 %)
100.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
0.00 %
0.00 %
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
0.00 %

Christian Segments Percent
0.0 %
15.0 %
0.0 %
Other Christian
5.0 %
30.0 %
Roman Catholic
50.0 %
Profile Source: Anonymous  
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