Kaan, Gan in Burkina Faso

Joshua Project has identified the Kaan, Gan only in Burkina Faso





Largest Religion

Main Language


Introduction / History

Originally from Ghana, the Kaan migrated to southwestern Burkina Faso and settled near the town of Loropeni. The Kaan speak the Kaanse language and number about 6,000 in Burkina Faso. There are also many Kaase who have moved to Cote d'Ivoire to live and work.

Unlike many other ethnic groups in the region, the Kaan peoples have retained their traditional system of leadership headed by a king who is elected from the royal clan and rules for life. He judges matters pertaining to the royal family. The Kaan can be characterized as being hard-working and peaceful. They grow millet as their staple crop and supplement their diet with green leaves, nuts, beans, yams, corn, and tomatoes.

The Kaan are Almost all adherents of their local traditional religion and have, until recently, held firmly to their traditions. The Kaan king is the guardian of the group's traditional fetishes which are at the heart of their animistic religion. Their neighbors, the Lobis, have had missionaries working among them for over fifty years and it was through them that the Gospel has spread to the Kaan. In 1986 the first Kaan professed faith in Christ and now there is a vibrant group of Christians in the region. Six young Kaan men are in training to become pastors. Currently, missionaries are working among the Kaan doing literacy and Bible translation.

Profile Source:   Anonymous  

Expanded PDF Profile

People Name General Kaan, Gan
People Name in Country Kaan, Gan
Population in Burkina Faso 12,000
World Population 12,000
Countries 1
Progress Scale 3.1
Least-Reached No
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Ga, Gan, Kaan, Kaanse, Kamba, Kambe
Affinity Bloc Sub-Saharan Peoples
People Cluster Gur
People Name General Kaan, Gan
Ethnic Code NAB56a
People ID 12469
Country Burkina Faso
Region West and Central Africa
Continent Africa
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Location in Country Poni Province, Gaoua Subdistrict, Loropéni Department, bounded by Loropéni west, Derbi east, Djigoué south, and Yérifoula north.   Source:  Ethnologue 2010
Languages & Dialects on file:  1  (up to 20 largest shown)
Kaansa (12,000)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Kaansa 12,000
For Primary Language: Kaansa

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions Yes   (2003-2008)
New Testament No
Complete Bible No
Resource Format
Audio Bible teaching (GRN) Audio Recordings
Primary Religion: Ethnic Religions

Major Religion Percent
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 4.00 %)
6.00 %
Ethnic Religions
84.00 %
0.00 %
10.00 %
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
0.00 %

Christian Segments Percent
0.0 %
0.0 %
0.0 %
Other Christian
0.0 %
80.0 %
Roman Catholic
20.0 %
Map Source: Anonymous  
Profile Source: Anonymous  
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