Kxoe, Xun in South Africa

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Introduction / History

The San, or ¡Kung people live in southern Africa. One of their subgroups is the Xun Kxoe. San people were traditionally semi-nomadic, and they are among the most ancient people of the earth.

What Are Their Lives Like?

Xun Kxoe live in small family-based units. Life is simple; children have few duties except to play, and leisure is important to all of them. They spend much of their time joking and telling stories.
Xun Kxoe people gather food and water in ways that would be nearly impossible for outsiders. They find a place where the ground is wet and insert a hollow tube and suck out water. When possible, they settle near water sources until they dry out.
They must also find food in a land with little vegetation. Women collect wild berries, fruit, wild onions and ostrich eggs. Men hunt in groups, and their hunting trips take several days. They use bows and arrows that are tipped with poison taken from beetle larvae. The Xun Kxoe lack adequate meat, so they make up the difference with insects such as moths, grasshoppers, caterpillars, butterflies and termites.

What Are Their Beliefs?

The Xun Kxoe have traditional spiritual beliefs, though there is also a strong Christian presence among them.

What Are Their Needs?

All ¡Kung peoples need protection from outsiders. Ironically, those who maintain their lifestyle are able to do so because others cannot survive in their environment. Their homelands usually don’t have enough water or good soil for farmers or cattle ranch

Prayer Points

Pray for the Lord to bless the Xun Kxoe in such a way that they will see his power and goodness and forsake all other gods.
Pray for ¡Kung followers of Christ to take the savior’s ways to their families and neighbors.
Pray for the Holy Spirit to bless the lives of Xun Kxoe families with truth and mercy.

Scripture Prayers for the Kxoe, Xun in South Africa.



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People Name General Kxoe, Xun
People Name in Country Kxoe, Xun
Alternate Names Barakwengo; Black Bushman; Boga; Bukakhwe; Buka-Khwe; Bushmen; Gani; Ganin; Huimbe; Hukwe; Khwe; Kwengo; Mbarakwengo; Namib; Nossub; Water Bushmen; Xu; Xun
Population this Country 1,500
Population all Countries 8,500
Total Countries 5
Indigenous No
Progress Scale 5
Unreached No
Frontier People Group No
Pioneer Workers Needed
People ID 10676
ROP3 Code 101038
ROP25 Code 304504
ROP25 Name Kxoe
Country South Africa
Region Africa, East and Southern
Continent Africa
10/40 Window No
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Location in Country Smithsdrift   Source:  Ethnologue 2010
Country South Africa
Region Africa, East and Southern
Continent Africa
10/40 Window No
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Location in Country Smithsdrift.   Source:  Ethnologue 2010

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Primary Religion: Ethnic Religions
Major Religion Percent
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Christianity  (Evangelical 15.00 %)
20.00 %
Ethnic Religions
80.00 %
0.00 %
0.00 %
0.00 %
Other / Small
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0.00 %
Primary Language Khwedam (1,500 speakers)
Language Code xuu   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 1
Primary Language Khwedam (1,500 speakers)
Language Code xuu   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Khwedam

Primary Language:  Khwedam

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (2010)
Bible-New Testament No
Bible-Complete No
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