Badyara in Senegal


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Introduction / History

The Badyara people live in the Koundara Region. They also live in Senegal and Guinea-Bissau. They are very proud of their unique historical and cultural roots.

Their people fled to Senegal from Guinea approximately 110 years ago due to war in their regions. 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 Lives Like?

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.

The Badyara 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 men dance.


What Are Their Beliefs?

Islam is the predominant religion of the Badyara people. Most are Muslims though many also 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.


What Are Their Needs?

Most rural people in West Africa need reliable drinking water. They usually lack adequate health care, leading to unnecessary disease.


Prayer Points

Pray for the Lord to show himself powerful to the Badyara people, drawing many to consider the claims of Christ.
Pray for a soon coming day when Badyara Christ followers will disciple hundreds of others in the way of the only savior.
Pray for the Lord to raise up loving workers to go to each Badyara village.


Scripture Prayers for the Badyara in Senegal.


References

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Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

People Name General Badyara
People Name in Country Badyara
Alternate Names Badyaranke; Gola
Population this Country 3,000
Population all Countries 23,000
Total Countries 3
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group No
GSEC 1  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
People ID 10550
ROP3 Code 100724
ROP25 Code 300664
ROP25 Name Badyara
Country Senegal
Region Africa, West and Central
Continent Africa
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Location in Country Tambacounda region: east of Koulountou river; Kolda region: west of river, 1 village.   Source:  Ethnologue 2016
Country Senegal
Region Africa, West and Central
Continent Africa
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Location in Country Tambacounda region: east of Koulountou river; Kolda region: west of river, 1 village..   Source:  Ethnologue 2016

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Primary Religion: Islam
Major Religion Percent
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.20 %)
1.00 %
Ethnic Religions
19.00 %
Hinduism
0.00 %
Islam
80.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
Primary Language Badyara (3,000 speakers)
Language Code pbp   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Unknown
Total Languages 1
Primary Language Badyara (3,000 speakers)
Language Code pbp   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Badyara

Primary Language:  Badyara

Bible Translation Status:  Translation Started

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Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching Global Recordings Network
Photo Source NTM Senegal 
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