Introduction / History
The Sisaala area covers most of the Tumu district to the Burkina Faso border, with an isthmus reaching southwards as far as the border of the Northern region. The Sisaala speak Isaaling. Charcoal burning is a Sisaala occupation along with farming. Farms are mostly within 5 kilometers of the village. Crops include millet, corn, guinea corn, white and black beans, yams, rice, sweet potatoes and cotton. A town or village is a clan settlement made up of lesser kindred groups or sections, separate family compounds, and individual living quarters.
Traditions of migration into the area differ from clan to clan but suggest origins among the Mossi, Mamprusi and Dagombe. The Catholics were first in the area, followed by Baptists Mid-mission in 1950, the Ghana Baptist convention opened another Baptist church in 1955 in Tumu. Islam is comparatively new to the area and is made attractive by the loyalty of Muslims to one another and their mutual support in financial and other ways. People will listen with equal interest to the messages of Christianity and Islam, but are reluctant to commit themselves.
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