Serer-Sine in Gambia

Population

38,900

Christian

Evangelical

Largest Religion

Main Language

Progress


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Introduction / History

The Sereer society is built upon strong family ties and tradition. Farmers and herders, the Sereer live on a subsistence basis, relying on good crop yields for a prosperous year. The men cultivate peanuts and millet for the subsistence of his family and community. After this season the men often go to the cities to work. There is often a network of friends and family in the city for men to live with. When the growing season is over for the main crops, women plant gardens of peas, okra, onions and tomatoes on her husband's land or a small plot of her own. She may form irrigation ditches around these plantings or carry the water to the garden herself.

While the men leave for the city to work, women stay at home caring for her family. The women work very hard, starting before daybreak preparing breakfast and working far into the evening preparing dinner and cleaning. They haul water, work in fields, and care for nursing infants. Young girls are expected to care for their siblings while the boys work in the fields with their father.

Celebrations among the Sereer include marriages and baby naming ceremonies. Both of these celebrations involve feasts and gifts of money. The Sereer enjoy song and dance and it is not limited to special occasions. Funerals are a process that starts when a person dies. Wailing and mourning continues until the burial. A month later a feast is given for the friends and family of the deceased.


What are Their Beliefs?

Most Sereer adhere to traditional beliefs while some have converted to Islam and others are Roman Catholic. The Sereer have been very gradual in accepting religions outside of their traditional beliefs. Even though people claim to have accepted Islam there are still many traditional beliefs included. Combining these two systems of beliefs is called "folk Islam". All systems of belief among the Sereer include a type of charm. The Muslims wear a picture of a Marabou (a holy Islamic man) and a portion of Quaranic scripture in their charm. This is believed to give the charm power and bless the wearer. Catholic believers wear a necklace with a picture of Christ or a Diocese in their charm. Animists wear a charm with a bone, shell or dried portion of an animal or ancestor who died long ago. Pray that the Sereer may find the true freedom in Christ. There is little isolation or persecution of those who turn from traditional beliefs. This is unusual and special among the various Senegalese groups. Pray that the Sereer will embrace this freedom and start churches that will grow and reproduce in cities and villages.



Profile Source:   West Africa Gateway 

People Name General Serere-Sine
People Name in Country Serer-Sine
Population in Gambia 38,900
World Population 1,389,000
Countries 3
Progress Scale 2.2
Least-Reached No
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Sereer, Serere
Affinity Bloc Sub-Saharan Peoples
People Cluster Atlantic
People Name General Serere-Sine
Ethnic Code NAB56c
Country Gambia
Region West and Central Africa
Continent Africa
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Location in Country Northwest

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Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Serer-Sine (39,000)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Serer-Sine 39,000
Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions Yes   (1979-1995)
New Testament Yes   (1987)
Complete Bible Yes   (2008)
Audio Bible Online
Category Resource
Audio Recordings Global Recordings
Audio Recordings Online New Testament (FCBH)
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Serer-Sine

Major Religion Percent
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 2.00 %)
8.00 %
Ethnic Religions
14.00 %
Hinduism
0.00 %
Islam
78.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %

Christian Segments Percent
Anglican
0.0 %
Independent
13.0 %
Orthodox
0.0 %
Other Christian
0.0 %
Protestant
22.0 %
Roman Catholic
65.0 %
Photo Source: West Africa Gateway  
Video Source: LinkUp Africa
Profile Source: West Africa Gateway 
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