Mundu in South Sudan



Population

49,800

Christian

Evangelical

Largest Religion

Main Language

Progress


Introduction / History

The Mundu believe they originated in West Africa and they migrated eastward during the dry seasons, in groups. As the first groups journeyed, the leaves of the mahogany trees around them fell and covered over their tracks so that the people behind them lost the route. In this way, some Mundu traveled only as far as Zaire while the leaders reached what was then Sudan and settled there. Linguistically, Mundu is closely related to some West African languages, giving more evidence that they originated there.

The war in what was Sudan has forced some Mundu to move south, back into Zaire. However, the current instability in Zaire may mean further displacement. The Mundu have always lived under one foreign government or another. Consequently, they can feel threatened, but generally they have a good self-image and are proud of their culture and language.

In recent years it has become apparent to older Mundus that their traditional culture is not being taught as carefully to their children as it was in the past. Increased mobility and Western influence is slowly changing their traditional village lifestyle where elders would be the primary means, outside the family, of passing on customs and laws.

The ground is fertile and the rain is plentiful and so, despite dislocation and war, they are able to survive on the food they grow. However, they are subsistence farmers and lack utilities, clean water supplies, transport, schools and especially medical care. Infant mortality is high and basic medicines are not easily available.

Trade languages are used for education in both Zaire and South Sudan. The first missionaries came to the Mundu in the 1920s, but only learned and used the trade language. Mundu is spoken in the home and remains the 'heart language' of the people. Consequently, the Mundu are happy to have their language written down and their culture strengthened. They are excited to have literature in their own language and Christians especially want a hymn book and Scripture.



Profile Source:   Anonymous  

People Name General Mundu
People Name in Country Mundu
Population in South Sudan 50,000
World Population 55,000
Countries 2
Progress Scale 3.1
Least-Reached No
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Mandu, Mondo, Mundo, Shatt
Affinity Bloc Sub-Saharan Peoples
People Cluster Adamawa-Ubangi
People Name General Mundu
Ethnic Code NAB66z
People ID 13871
Country South Sudan
Region East and Southern Africa
Continent Africa
10/40 Window No
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Location in Country Southern Sudan, western Equatoria Province. Along the Congo border of Bahr El Jebel (Central Equatoria) State. Other Mundu live around Maridi in Western Equatoria State..   Source:  Sudan Support Network
Languages & Dialects on file:  1  (up to 20 largest shown)
Mundu (50,000)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Mundu 50,000
Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions Yes   (1984-1995)
New Testament Yes   (2005)
Complete Bible No
Audio Bible Online
Format Resource
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (GRN)
Audio Recordings Online New Testament (FCBH)

Major Religion Percent
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 5.00 %)
25.00 %
Ethnic Religions
75.00 %
Hinduism
0.00 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %

Christian Segments Percent
Anglican
20.0 %
Independent
0.0 %
Orthodox
0.0 %
Other Christian
0.0 %
Protestant
30.0 %
Roman Catholic
50.0 %
Map Source: Joshua Project / Global Mapping International  
Profile Source: Anonymous  
Data Sources: Data is compiled from various sources. Read more
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