Jola-Karon in Gambia



Population

7,200

Christian

Evangelical

Largest Religion

Main Language

Progress


Introduction / History

The Karon are an isolated people living on several islands along the Casamance River straddling the border between Southwest Senegal and The Gambia.

Most of the men are fishermen and farmers, while Karon women tend small gardens to supplement their food supply. Rice is their main staple food, as well as peanuts and millet.

The palm tree is also central to the culture and diet of Karon speakers, They use palm wine for ceremonies; palm oil and fruit in their diet; and palm stalk, branches and leaves for building materials.

The Karon live in mud brick square houses with thatched roofs and are only accessible by boat. Extended families live together in neighborhoods.

Traditionally, every daily activity among the Karon people involves their ancestors: people spill water on the ground for the ancestors before taking a drink; farmers resist improving their agricultural methods for fear of offending them. In reality, the dead control the living. Fears which arise from traditional beliefs need to be addressed.

Karon speakers from both Senegal and The Gambia are working on the translation team, so one of the challenges they still face is the language barrier since the official language in Senegal is French but in The Gambia, it is English. It is also a hindrance that team members may work in Senegal but live in the Gambia, a totally different country.



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People Name General Jola-Karon
People Name in Country Jola-Karon
Population in Gambia 7,200
World Population 18,000
Countries 2
Progress Scale 2.2
Least-Reached No
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Jola, Kaloon, Karon
Affinity Bloc Sub-Saharan Peoples
People Cluster Atlantic-Jola
People Name General Jola-Karon
Ethnic Code NAB56c
People ID 12549
Country Gambia
Region West and Central Africa
Continent Africa
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Location in Country Western Division south coastal area, from Senegal border north as far as Brikama.   Source:  Ethnologue 2010
Languages & Dialects on file:  1  (up to 20 largest shown)
Karon (7,200)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Karon 7,200

For Main Lanugage: Karon


Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions No
New Testament No
Complete Bible No
Resource Format
Audio Bible teaching (GRN) Audio Recordings
Primary Religion: Christianity
Religion Subdivision: Roman Catholic

Major Religion Percent
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.50 %)
65.00 %
Ethnic Religions
15.00 %
Hinduism
0.00 %
Islam
20.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %

Christian Segments Percent
Anglican
0.0 %
Independent
16.0 %
Orthodox
0.0 %
Other Christian
0.0 %
Protestant
24.0 %
Roman Catholic
60.0 %
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