Bisa in Zambia

The Bisa have only been reported in Zambia
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Introduction / History

Legend postulates that they separated from the Bemba during migration from Congo after royal sisters differed. One royal sister did not offer mushroom to a nephew or niece who was hungry. When the clay pot which she was carrying on her head dropped and broke apart mushrooms spilled for all to see and and that royal sister and her immediate family were excommunicated from the migrating tribe. The were called Bisa because they were deemed to be bad people: "Ababi" or Ababisa"


Where Are they Located?

They live on the eastern shores of Lake Bangweulu through Mpika and Chinsali in Muchinga Province to Lundazi and Chama in the eastern provinces of Zambia.


What Are Their Lives Like?

Those near the lake are fishermen, those in Muchinga and eastern provinces are small game poachers/hunters. Subsistence farming is a common denominator for all. Others have migrated into urban areas to escape rural poverty.


What Are Their Beliefs?

Many practice witchcraft. Even though they profess Christianity, their last line of defense is witchcraft.


Prayer Points

* Scripture Prayers for the Bisa in Zambia.

Pray they will break away from the belief and practice of witchcraft by the power of the Holy Spirit and the blood of Jesus Christ.


Profile Source:   Anonymous  

People Name General Bisa
People Name in Country Bisa
World Population 356,000
Total Countries 1
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 5
Unreached No
Frontier People Group No
GSEC 6  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Pioneer Workers Needed
Alternate Names Bissa; Biza; Busansi; Lala; Lala-Bisa; Wiza
People ID 10875
ROP3 Code 101486
Country Zambia
Region Africa, East and Southern
Continent Africa
10/40 Window No
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Location in Country Central, Eastern, and Northern provinces: east along Luangwa river (Bisa), southwest (Lala); Copperbelt province: Masaiti district.   Source:  Ethnologue 2016
Country Zambia
Region Africa, East and Southern
Continent Africa
10/40 Window No
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Location in Country Central, Eastern, and Northern provinces: east along Luangwa river (Bisa), southwest (Lala); Copperbelt province: Masaiti district..   Source:  Ethnologue 2016

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Ethnologue Language Map

Primary Language Lala-Bisa (356,000 speakers)
Language Code leb   Ethnologue Listing
Primary Dialect Bisa
Dialect Code 12707   Global Recordings Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 1
Primary Language Lala-Bisa (356,000 speakers)
Language Code leb   Ethnologue Listing
Primary Dialect Bisa
Dialect Code 12707   Global Recordings Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Lala-Bisa

Primary Language:  Lala-Bisa

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1909-1995)
Bible-New Testament Yes  (1947-1977)
Bible-Complete No
Possible Print Bibles
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Resource Type Resource Name
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Lala-Bisa
Primary Religion: Christianity
Religion Subdivision: Roman Catholic
Major Religion Percent
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 22.00 %)
95.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
0.00 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
5.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
Christian Segments Percent
Anglican
0.0 %
Independent
30.0 %
Orthodox
0.0 %
Other Christian
0.0 %
Protestant
30.0 %
Roman Catholic
40.0 %
Profile Source Anonymous  
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