Bassar, Ntcham in Togo



Population

166,000

Christian

Evangelical

Largest Religion

Main Language

Progress


Introduction / History

The Bassari people are located in a group of villages reaching from the Togo border east of Zabzugu some 30 kilometers east to Basaar in Togo. The Bassari are farmers with their farms being located away from the towns that they live in. The larger the town the farther away their farms. The major crop is yam, but maize, guinea corn, millet, tigernuts and groundnuts are also cultivated. When a man gets married he must have his own quarters so he usually starts a new compound. Each wife has her own hut where she lives with her children; girls stay with their mother till they are married, but boys get rooms of their own when they grow up.

There are 30 Bassari clans, each linked by name and ancestry to the towns of Bassar, Kabou and Sara in Togo, and to heads of families which moved into that area perhaps 350 years ago. The clans are exogamous, and the various clan leaders have formed alliances sealed by marriage. Many Bassari have migrated and Kpandai, though not in the Bassari homeland, is the biggest urban Bassari community in Ghana.


What Are Their Beliefs?

Islam has made little headway among the Bassari although there has been a Muslim influence amongst them for over a century or more. Islam is attractive as it seems to be the religion of the rich, and because it makes available additional charms; it is an international religion, a man's religion, with an ideal of brotherhood.

Christianity brought medical and other help to the poor. The outstanding character of the first missionaries attracted people to their message: they were known for their love of people.



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Expanded PDF Profile

People Name General Bassar, Ntcham
People Name in Country Bassar, Ntcham
Population in Togo 166,000
World Population 241,000
Countries 3
Progress Scale 2.2
Least-Reached No
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Basari, Bassari, Ncham, Tobota, Tobote
Affinity Bloc Sub-Saharan Peoples
People Cluster Gur
People Name General Bassar, Ntcham
Ethnic Code NAB56a
People ID 18922
Country Togo
Region West and Central Africa
Continent Africa
10/40 Window No
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Location in Country West central, Bassar, Kabou, Kalanga areas.   Source:  Ethnologue 2010

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Enthologue Language Map



Languages & Dialects on file:  4  (up to 20 largest shown)
Oniyan Ntcham French Konkomba
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Oniyan Ntcham
French Konkomba

For Main Lanugage: Ntcham


Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions Yes   (1969)
New Testament Yes   (1986-2001)
Complete Bible No
Audio Bible Online
Format Resource
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (GRN)
Audio Recordings Online New Testament (FCBH)
Film / Video God's Story Video
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Ntcham
Text / Printed Matter Bible-in-Your-Language
Text / Printed Matter World Missionary Press Booklets
Primary Religion: Ethnic Religions

Major Religion Percent
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 2.00 %)
15.00 %
Ethnic Religions
75.00 %
Hinduism
0.00 %
Islam
10.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %

Christian Segments Percent
Anglican
0.0 %
Independent
15.0 %
Orthodox
0.0 %
Other Christian
0.0 %
Protestant
30.0 %
Roman Catholic
55.0 %
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