Sisaala, Southern, Pasaale in Ghana

Joshua Project has identified the Sisaala, Southern, Pasaale only in Ghana





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Introduction / History

The Pasaale people live in the dry savannah and rolling hills of the upper west region of Ghana, in the Funsi-Kundugu division area. They are of the Sissala- Grunshie tribe in the Wa district. Nearly all 18 of the Pasaale villages are built on flat hill tops, so the actual villages are on level ground. The Pasaale are subsistence farmers. It is a standard practice to have more than one wife. About 50% of the men are polygamous. There is a public school system with 11 primary schools and 6 Junior secondary schools in the area. The village of Funsi has a Catholic primary school and a junior secondary school. Though 50% of children begin school, only 10-20% complete junior secondary school.

The adult literacy rate is less than 2%. About 80% of the Pasaale people believe in traditional religion. Islam accounts for about 10% while the rest are Christians. The Catholic Church pioneered missions in the Pasaale area. In the Pasaale culture, marriage is seen as a permanent life union between husband and wife. Having one wife is a sign of laziness because to the Pasaale man, many wives represent greatness and are a source of pride. The purpose of marriage to the Pasaale people is to get children and to provide a labor force for the husband. Divorce is not legally accepted when a marriage is contracted unless gross contempt is shown for the girl's family or vise versa. Should a woman be willfully divorced by her husband, all girls from the village will be called home in protest.

In Pasaale culture, women have no religion and their salvation depends on how well they obey their husbands. Intimate discussions with a wife are frowned upon by the community. For instance, eating together with one's wife is a good reason for being left out during important meetings, because they fear that one will disclose family secrets to one's wife.

Profile Source:   Anonymous  

People Name General Sisaala, Southern, Pasaale
People Name in Country Sisaala, Southern, Pasaale
Population in Ghana 49,000
World Population 49,000
Countries 1
Progress Scale 2.2
Least-Reached No
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Pasaale, Sisaal, Sisala
Affinity Bloc Sub-Saharan Peoples
People Cluster Gur
People Name General Sisaala, Southern, Pasaale
Ethnic Code NAB56a
People ID 14325
Country Ghana
Region West and Central Africa
Continent Africa
10/40 Window No
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Location in Country Upper West region, south of Tumu, 105 km east of Wa. About 18 villages.   Source:  Ethnologue 2010

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Enthologue Language Map

Languages & Dialects on file:  1  (up to 20 largest shown)
Paasaal (49,000)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Paasaal 49,000
For Primary Language: Paasaal

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions Yes   (1994-1996)
New Testament Yes   (2001)
Complete Bible No
Audio Bible Online
Resource Format
Audio Bible teaching (GRN) Audio Recordings
Online New Testament (FCBH) Audio Recordings
Primary Religion: Ethnic Religions

Major Religion Percent
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 1.50 %)
10.00 %
Ethnic Religions
70.00 %
0.00 %
20.00 %
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
0.00 %

Christian Segments Percent
0.0 %
0.0 %
0.0 %
Other Christian
0.0 %
10.0 %
Roman Catholic
90.0 %
Profile Source: Anonymous  
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