Badyara in Guinea


Population
12,000
Main Language
Largest Religion
Christian
Evangelical
Progress
Progress Gauge

Introduction / History

The Badyara people live in the Koundara Region. They also live in Senegal and Guinea-Bissau. They earn extra money by extracting honey from beehives and also by producing excellent cotton cloth. Most primarily earn their living as subsistence farmers. Most villages consist of only 100 to 500 people. They are very proud of their unique historical and cultural roots.

They people fled to Senegal from Guinea approximately 110 years ago due to war in their regions.

They still practice female circumcision. Boys are circumcised at 8 years old and are then taken away from the village for about one month, during which time they are taught the ways of the people. This event is followed by a public washing and a huge celebration involving the whole village. This is the only time that the men dance.

They speak a language called Badyara and are part of the Atlantic people cluster. The Biafada language is somewhat similar to their language.


What Are Their Beliefs?

Islam is the predominant religion. In fact, most of the people are Muslims while others practice indigenous religions. Very few are Christian adherents. Seventy percent of the Christian adherents are Roman Catholics while thirty percent belong to alternative types of Christian groups.

They believe that the spirits live in the rocks. Each house has a little jar filled with small rocks for protection and appeasement of the spirits. Parents do not allow a young couple to marry if they are suspected of loving each other. They believe that the man will lose his power over the woman if he loves her, or vice versa. The blacksmith used to be the most powerful figure in the village. He would put curses on people, offer sacrifices and receive the best cuts of meat.


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People Name General Badyara
People Name in Country Badyara
Population in Guinea 12,000
World Population 19,600
Total Countries 3
Indigenous Yes
Unreached Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 1 to 2
Unengaged Yes (per Finishing the Task)
Progress Scale 1
GSEC 1  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Alternate Names Badyaranke, Gola
People ID 10550
ROP3 Code 100724
Country Guinea
Region West and Central Africa
Continent Africa
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Location in Country Boké region: Koundara prefecture.   Source:  Ethnologue 2016
Country Guinea
Region West and Central Africa
Continent Africa
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Location in Country Boké region: Koundara prefecture..   Source:  Ethnologue 2016
Primary Language Badyara (12,000 speakers)
Language Code pbp   Ethnologue Listing
Written Unknown
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Badyara
Primary Language Badyara (12,000 speakers)
Language Code pbp   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Badyara

Primary Language:  Badyara

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions No
Bible-New Testament No
Bible-Complete No
Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (GRN)
Primary Religion: Islam
Religion Subdivision: Sunni
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
1.00 %
Ethnic Religions
19.00 %
Hinduism
0.00 %
Islam
80.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
Christian Segments Percent
Anglican
0.0 %
Independent
0.0 %
Orthodox
0.0 %
Other Christian
30.0 %
Protestant
0.0 %
Roman Catholic
70.0 %
Photo Source NTM Senegal  
Map Source Bryan Nicholson / cartoMission  
Profile Source Etnopedia  Copyrighted ©   Used with permission  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more


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