Gbaya, Southwest in Central African Republic

Joshua Project has identified the Gbaya, Southwest only in Central African Republic
Population
273,000
Main Language
Largest Religion
Christian
Evangelical
Progress
Progress Gauge

Introduction / History

The Southwest Gbaya live in relative peace with their neighbors in a forested area of Central African Republic. Most of the people grow crops such as cassava, peanuts and corn to meet their own needs. Any small surplus is sold to purchase other goods. Diamond mining offers another source of employment, but it comes at a price. The people earn little for their efforts and the profits are used in cultural rituals, which they believe bring success.


What Are Their Beliefs?

Christianity was first introduced to the Gbaya in the 1930s. Many practice a mixed religion. Although approximately 70 percent claim Christianity, the hold of superstitious beliefs and ritualistic practices associated with animism is strong.

Some Christians do practice a living faith and stand firm against the influences of the traditional religions. For example, these believers do not put up idols to protect their fields. Because fear of these idols — or fetishes — can scare away potential thieves, the Christian Gbayan takes this stand despite the potential for higher theft from his fields.

Although the New Testament has been translated, it is not widely used because of its association with one particular denomination. However, the churches of the area are coming together to bring the Old Testament to their communities.


Profile Source:   Anonymous  
Expanded PDF Profile

People Name General Gbaya, Southwest
People Name in Country Gbaya, Southwest
Population in Central African Republic 273,000
World Population 273,000
Total Countries 1
Indigenous Yes
Unreached No
Progress Scale 5
GSEC 2  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Alternate Names Southwest Gbaya
People ID 11843
ROP3 Code 103270
Country Central African Republic
Region West and Central Africa
Continent Africa
10/40 Window No
Persecution Rank 34  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Location in Country Mambéré-Kadéï prefecture: Berbérati, Carnot, and Gamboula subprefectures; Nana-Mambéré prefecture: Baboua and Baoro subprefectures; Sangha-Mbaéré prefecture: Nola subprefecture.   Source:  Ethnologue 2016
Country Central African Republic
Region West and Central Africa
Continent Africa
10/40 Window No
Persecution Rank 34  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Location in Country Mambéré-Kadéï prefecture: Berbérati, Carnot, and Gamboula subprefectures; Nana-Mambéré prefecture: Baboua and Baoro subprefectures; Sangha-Mbaéré prefecture: Nola subprefecture..   Source:  Ethnologue 2016
Primary Language Gbaya, Southwest (273,000 speakers)
Language Code gso   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Gbaya, Southwest
Primary Language Gbaya, Southwest (273,000 speakers)
Language Code gso   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Gbaya, Southwest

Primary Language:  Gbaya, Southwest

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes   (1980)
Bible-New Testament Yes   (2005)
Bible-Complete No
Bible-NT Audio Online
Possible Print Bibles
Amazon National Bible Societies
Forum of Bible Agencies World Bible Finder
Gospel Go World Bibles
Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Online New Testament (FCBH)
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Gbaya, Southwest
Primary Religion: Christianity
Religion Subdivision: Protestant
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 46.00 %)
94.00 %
Ethnic Religions
2.00 %
Hinduism
0.00 %
Islam
3.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
1.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
Christian Segments Percent
Anglican
0.0 %
Independent
16.0 %
Orthodox
0.0 %
Other Christian
24.0 %
Protestant
43.0 %
Roman Catholic
17.0 %
Map Source Anonymous  
Profile Source Anonymous  
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