Toussian, Southern in Burkina Faso

Joshua Project has identified the Toussian, Southern only in Burkina Faso





Largest Religion

Main Language


Introduction / History

The Toussian live in the area south of Bobo-Dioulasso in the southern part of Burkina Faso, where the climate is pleasant and the rains ample for Burkina standards. Yet the southern Toussian's agricultural exploits are difficult to achieve since the soil is exhausted, although there are good roads that would make transportation of agricultural goods from the southern Toussiana area to the main centers easy. In the north there are good soils and no roads.

The Toussian's region is in the area between two major roads (the one to Bobo and the one to Orodara) and there are no good roads connecting these two axes. Despite this difficulty there is a fruit project in development in the northern part of the region. The main fruit grown there is the mango fruit. Besides agriculture the area lacks employment opportunities, a situation which results in unemployment during the dry season. Thus many people emigrate to more affluent places.

Some of the Toussian houses can be easily recognized by their main material of construction, which is stone. The chief's courtyard is not very distinct in its degree of elaborateness or size. It is just a courtyard like all the others, a fact which reflects the chief's limited power. The extended families live in courtyards and are organized by a head of the family and his sub-heads. Most of the political power is in the hands of the administrative officials, though. The Toussian are bilingual in Jula, yet more so the men than the women. Thus not everybody can understand the Jula translations of the French preaching in church. Especially the women understand very limited parts of the preaching which makes a Bible translation into their mother tongue desirable.

Profile Source:   Anonymous  

People Name General Toussian, Southern
People Name in Country Toussian, Southern
Population in Burkina Faso 34,000
World Population 34,000
Countries 1
Progress Scale 3.1
Least-Reached No
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names
Affinity Bloc Sub-Saharan Peoples
People Cluster Gur
People Name General Toussian, Southern
Ethnic Code NAB56a
People ID 19274
Country Burkina Faso
Region West and Central Africa
Continent Africa
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Location in Country Como√© and Houet provinces, halfway between Banfora and Bobo-Dioulasso; Toussiana is center area.   Source:  Ethnologue 2010
Languages & Dialects on file:  1  (up to 20 largest shown)
Toussian, Southern (34,000)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Toussian, Southern 34,000
For Primary Language: Toussian, Southern

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions Yes   (2001-2007)
New Testament No
Complete Bible No
Resource Format
Audio Bible teaching (GRN) Audio Recordings
Bible: wib New Testament in Toussian Text / Printed Matter
Primary Religion: Ethnic Religions

Major Religion Percent
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 3.80 %)
8.00 %
Ethnic Religions
67.00 %
0.00 %
25.00 %
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
0.00 %

Christian Segments Percent
0.0 %
2.0 %
0.0 %
Other Christian
0.0 %
50.0 %
Roman Catholic
48.0 %
Map Source: Anonymous  
Profile Source: Anonymous  
Data Sources: Data is compiled from various sources. Read more

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