Banda-Bambari, Linda in Central African Republic

Joshua Project has identified the Banda-Bambari, Linda only in Central African Republic
Population
262,000
Christian
Evangelical
Largest Religion
Main Language
Progress
Progress Gauge

Introduction / History

The Banda-Bambari or Banda-Linda as they are also called are situated in the center of the Central African Republic (CAR) right in the center of this huge continent which is large enough to encompass three times the area of the United States including Alaska.

"If someone becomes rich, he will certainly die!" This is a common belief among the Banda-Linda people of the CAR. Perhaps it is a justification for the bitter poverty they endure despite discovery of gold in their area. Most income generating activities are controlled by outsiders who come to set up trade in the area.

Ancestors of the Banda-Linda came to CAR from Sudan. Today their descendants survive by raising small gardens to feed their families. Most people plant manioc, peanuts and corn. They also raise goats and poultry. If they have more than their families need, farmers sell the surplus which enables them to purchase other goods.


What Are Their Beliefs?

Missionaries introduced the Banda-Linda to Christ in the 1920s. Today, about one-quarter of the population claims faith in Christ. Unfortunately, more than half of those who claim Christianity simply add that profession to well-established African traditional beliefs which include practices counter to God's Word. Committed Christians, however, seek reconciliation rather than retribution through revenge or ritualistic practices. They also avoid using fetishes to protect their fields, trusting God will provide for their needs. Another major religion, Islam, is strong in the Banda-Linda region, attracting about 75 percent of the population. The followers have little understanding of what they espouse; most combine that major religion with long-standing traditional practices.


Profile Source:   Anonymous  
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People Name General Banda-Bambari, Linda
People Name in Country Banda-Bambari, Linda
Population in Central African Republic 262,000
World Population 262,000
Total Countries 1
Indigenous Yes
Unreached No
Progress Scale 5
GSEC 2  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Alternate Names Bamba Bambari, Banda-Bambari, Linda
People ID 10639
ROP3 Code 100955
Country Central African Republic
Region West and Central Africa
Continent Africa
10/40 Window No
Persecution Rank 26  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Location in Country Ouaka prefecture: Bambari, Ippy, Grimari, and Bakala subprefectures; Basse-Kotto prefecture: Alindao and Mingala subprefectures; Haute-Kotto prefecture: Bria subprefecture.   Source:  Ethnologue 2016
Country Central African Republic
Region West and Central Africa
Continent Africa
10/40 Window No
Persecution Rank 26  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Location in Country Ouaka prefecture: Bambari, Ippy, Grimari, and Bakala subprefectures; Basse-Kotto prefecture: Alindao and Mingala subprefectures; Haute-Kotto prefecture: Bria subprefecture..   Source:  Ethnologue 2016
Primary Language: Banda-Bambari   People group listing
Language Code: liy   Ethnologue Listing
Written: Unknown
Total Languages: 1
Primary Language: Banda-Bambari   People group listing
Language Code: liy   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages: 1
Primary Language: Banda-Bambari

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions No
New Testament No
Complete Bible No
Resource Type Resource Name
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Banda-Bambari
Text / Printed Matter World Missionary Press Booklets
Primary Religion: Christianity
Religion Subdivision: Roman Catholic

Major Religion Percent
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 39.00 %)
92.00 %
Ethnic Religions
6.00 %
Hinduism
0.00 %
Islam
1.00 %
Non-Religious
1.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
Christian Segments Percent
Anglican
0.0 %
Independent
10.0 %
Orthodox
0.0 %
Other Christian
19.0 %
Protestant
35.0 %
Roman Catholic
36.0 %
Map Source: Anonymous  
Profile Source: Anonymous  
Data Sources: Data is compiled from various sources. Read more


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