Zenaga in Senegal


Population
3,000
Main Language
Largest Religion
Christian
Evangelical
Progress
Progress Gauge

Introduction / History

Zenaga is a Berber language. Berbers generally prefer to call themselves Amazigh, meaning free men. They are the original inhabitants of North Africa, which has been overrun by the Roman Empire, and later by the Arabs in the 600s. Since that time, they have largely been "Arabized" meaning their language and culture have been influenced by the Arabs. Berbers still yearn for freedom no matter where they live.

In general, Berbers feel that the more powerful Arabs have controlled them, though the two groups have often worked together throughout history. Berber groups like the Zenaga speakers would love to have complete freedom, but there are more powerful groups wherever they live. Those in Senegal might feel that the Wolof people hold too much power.


Where Are they Located?

Zenaga speakers live in either Mauritania or Senegal.


What Are Their Lives Like?

It is highly possible that Zenaga Berbers are not satisfied with their economic situation or the lack of good roads, potable water or electricity.


What Are Their Beliefs?

The primary religion practiced by the Zenaga Berbers in Mauritania is Sunni Islam, the largest branch of Islam. Sunni Muslims follow the teachings of the Koran and consider the first four caliphs to be the rightful successors of Muhammad.


What Are Their Needs?

There are few if any Christian materials in their language.


Prayer Points

* There are no Zenaga speakers who have embraced Jesus Christ, so pray for the Holy Spirit to move in their communities in the coming years.
* Pray for opportunities for Zenaga speakers to hear and respond to Jesus Christ.
* Pray for a Disciple-Making movement to move through Zenaga communities in both Mauritania and Senegal.


References

https://joshuaproject.net/people_groups/11621/MR
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Berbers
http://countrystudies.us/mauritania/30.htm
http://www.country-data.com/cgi-bin/query/r-8513.html
http://www.peoplegroups.org/Explore/groupdetails.aspx?peid=13581
http://www.sciencephoto.com/media/469298/view
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zenaga_language


Profile Source:   Keith Carey  

People Name General Zenaga
People Name in Country Zenaga
Population in Senegal 3,000
World Population 11,300
Total Countries 2
Indigenous No
Unreached Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
Progress Scale 1
Alternate Names Berber, Duaish, Idaouich, Masna, Nimadi
People ID 11621
ROP3 Code 102734

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Ethnologue Language Map

Primary Language Zenaga (3,000 speakers)
Language Code zen   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Unknown
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Zenaga
Primary Language Zenaga (3,000 speakers)
Language Code zen   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Zenaga

Primary Language:  Zenaga

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Translation Need Questionable
Resource Type Resource Name
None reported  
Primary Religion: Islam
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
0.00 %
Islam
100.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
Christian Segments Percent
Anglican
Unknown
Independent
Unknown
Orthodox
Unknown
Other Christian
Unknown
Protestant
Unknown
Roman Catholic
Unknown
Profile Source Keith Carey  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more


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