Wolof, Lebou in Mauritania

Population

1,270

Christian

Evangelical

0.00%

Largest Religion

Main Language

Progress


Introduction / History

If a person from America or Europe gets into a boat and comes to West Africa, his or her first contact with an African person will most likely be with a Lebou fisherman. The Lebou live in small fishing villages located along the coast of West Africa from Mauritania to Guinea. Their villages are sandwiched between the ocean and the desert.

The Lebou people speak Wolof. However, they have their own distinctive dialect that sets them apart from the surrounding, and much larger, Wolof people group.

Modern Lebou still live in fishing villages. However, for many of them, large cities have grown up around them and much of their property has been confiscated for urban development. The "Dakar" Lebou villages, such as N'gor, Oakam, and Yoff, are now incorporated neighborhoods with a city of more than three million people surrounding them. The skyscrapers of downtown Dakar dwarf the towers of their mosques.

The basic diet of the Lebou people consists of fish and rice. A few raise chickens and goats on a limited scale. Rice is purchased in the markets, as are the vegetables and spices they need to cook. Ceebu-jenn (rice and fish in a rich vegetable sauce) is a favorite Lebou meal. They often compliment this with smoked sea urchins they collect from the rocks along the coast.

The Lebou are also very fond of attaya, the Senegalese tea. This tea is served in three rounds. The first is strong and bitter. The second is slightly sweeter and sometimes has mint in it. The third is very sweet with lots of mint. The tea ceremony reflects friendship. The longer we are friends, the sweeter our friendship grows.

For recreation the Lebou enjoy storytelling, dancing, and wrestling. They also look forward to all social occasions such as baptisms (ngente), weddings, and any other times they can join together as a community. The Lebou people love to smile and are quick with a joke or a prank. An afternoon spent in their homes is an enjoyable experience for everyone.



People Name General Wolof, Lebou
People Name in Country Wolof, Lebou
Population in Mauritania 1,270
Progress Scale 1.1
Least-Reached Yes
Unengaged or Unknown Yes
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Lebou
Affinity Bloc Sub-Saharan Peoples
People Cluster Atlantic-Wolof
People Name General Wolof, Lebou
Ethnic Code NAB56c
Country Mauritania
Region West and Central Africa
Continent Africa
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 36  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution rankinging, )
People Group Map Wolof, Lebou in Mauritania PDF Version



Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Wolof: Lebou (1,300)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Wolof: Lebou 1,300
Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions Yes   (1873-1997)
New Testament Yes   (1988-2010)
Complete Bible No
Category Resource
Audio Recordings Global Recordings
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video God's Story Video
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Wolof
Film / Video Magdalena (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video Wolof Language Film

Major Religion Percent
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.40 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
0.00 %
Islam
99.60 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %

Christian Segments Percent
Anglican
0.0 %
Independent
5.0 %
Orthodox
0.0 %
Other Christian
0.0 %
Protestant
0.0 %
Roman Catholic
95.0 %
Photo Source: West Africa Gateway  
Map Source: Anonymous  
Profile Source: West Africa Gateway 
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