Yasa villages live predominantly along the coastal plains. Most are fishermen. Women grow cassava and other staples to supplement their diet. Plantains and wild fruit are in abundance when in season.
The living fearing the dead — that's what outsiders would conclude from the elaborate tombstones and explicit memorials surrounding older, plainer homes in a Yasa village. And the outsiders would be right, especially if they learn that these poor fisherman sometimes pay thousands of dollars to bury a loved one.
Church is primarily a social gathering place. Clergy sometimes perform exorcisms or other rituals to help protect believers from the evil spirits they so deeply fear. Few church members understand Christ's work on the cross, and fewer still embrace the freedom and peace implicit in a relationship with the living Savior. Until now, churches have always used another language.
Through Oral Bible Storytelling (OBS), the Yasa will be able to impact their people immediately, without waiting until the orthography is complete.
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|People Name General||Yasa|
|People Name in Country||Yasa, Bongwe|
|Population in Equatorial Guinea||1,000|
|Progress Scale||3.2 ●|
|GSEC||0 (per PeopleGroups.org)|
|Unengaged||Yes (per Finishing the Task)|
|Alternate Names||Bongwe, Maasa, Yasing, Yassa|
|Region||West and Central Africa|
|Persecution Rank||Not ranked|
|Location in Country||Rio Muni. Yasa in Rio Ntem. Source: Ethnologue 2010|
|Primary Language:||Yasa (1,000 speakers)|
|Language Code:||yko Ethnologue Listing|
|Religion Subdivision:||Roman Catholic|
|Major Religion ▲||Percent|
|Christianity (Evangelical 6.00 %)||
|Other / Small||
|Christian Segments ▲||Percent|