Sena in Malawi


Joshua Project has identified the Sena only in Malawi

Population

373,000

Christian

Evangelical

Largest Religion

Main Language

Progress


Introduction / History

It is believed they are originally from Mozambique


Where are they Located?

They live in the southern part of Malawi, in the districts of Chikwawa and Nsaje both districts boarders with Mozambique. The part is commonly known as Lower Shire since that is where the Shire River ends into Zambezi River.


What are Their Lives Like?

They are mostly farmers and they keep cattle, goats, sheep, pigs, etc. They are also fishermen and they also make mats and other artisan crafts. It is in this region where you find many growers of cotton, maize and mangoes. The largest sugar factory is based in Chikwawa district. The place is very hot.

The Sena culture is one of the most vibrant in Malawi. They are skilled musicians.

The Sena practice Kulowa Kufa in which a woman marries another man or brother of his deceased husband.


What are Their Beliefs?

They practice the traditional cleansing ceremony. Some of them still believe in ancestral spirits. they believe in a god called mbona. They pray to him when the country experiences a dry spell. They pray to him and offer sacrifices in times of need. There is a small Muslim presence, but not as strong as that found in Mangochi, Machinga and Zomba.


What are Their Needs?

There is a lack of food, good farming materials, education and good hospitals. This area is often hit by floods from the Shire River.


Prayer Points

* Pray for enough rain, but not so much that there should be flooding.
* Pray for an understanding of God and his ways.


Profile Source:   Anonymous  

People Name General Sena
People Name in Country Sena
Population in Malawi 373,000
World Population 373,000
Countries 1
Progress Scale 3.2
Least-Reached No
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names
Affinity Bloc Sub-Saharan Peoples
People Cluster Bantu, Chewa-Sena
People Name General Sena
Ethnic Code NAB57b
People ID 14849
Country Malawi
Region East and Southern Africa
Continent Africa
10/40 Window No
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Location in Country South tip bordering Mozambique.   Source:  Ethnologue 2010

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Languages & Dialects on file:  1  (up to 20 largest shown)
Sena, Malawi (373,000)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Sena, Malawi 373,000
Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions Yes
New Testament Yes   (2000)
Complete Bible Yes   (2005)
Audio Bible Online
Format Resource
Audio Recordings Global Recordings
Audio Recordings Online New Testament (FCBH)
Film / Video God's Story Video

Major Religion Percent
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 10.00 %)
58.00 %
Ethnic Religions
42.00 %
Hinduism
0.00 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %

Christian Segments Percent
Anglican
0.0 %
Independent
0.0 %
Orthodox
0.0 %
Other Christian
0.0 %
Protestant
40.0 %
Roman Catholic
60.0 %
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