Mandyak, Manjaco in Gambia

Main Language
Largest Religion
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Introduction / History

The Mandya, Manjaco in West Africa are best known as the Mandyak people. Their name means, "I tell you."

They mainly live in northwestern Guinea-Bissau, though others live in southern Senegal or The Gambia. Some have migrated to France, a country that once held their homeland as a colony.

What Are Their Lives Like?

They are a rural people who make their living by subsistence farming like most people in their part of West Africa.

What Are Their Beliefs?

The Mandyak people hold to traditional religion that centers around the spirits of their ancestors. They believe these ancestral spirits are selfish and vindictive, yet they have power to bring good or bad fortune. During their many rituals Mandyak have been known to demand that the ancestral spirits do them favors in return for the gifts and offerings they bring. They sometimes refer to these spirits as "workers" and the Mandyak are the "employers" who will only pay them with offerings if the spirits produce blessings.

The Mandyak people believe that funerals are essential to ensure that these spirits treat them well. Mandyak who move to cities will return to their rural homelands to participate in funeral rituals.

Some are Christian, usually Roman Catholic. There is a higher percentage of Mandyak Catholics in France.

What Are Their Needs?

The JESUS Film is available in their language. Someone needs to go throughout their homeland and show them this film about the life of Jesus Christ. Then they will have the chance to choose the Lord of lords or their capricious ancestral spirits. Fortunately, there are some Christ followers among the Mandyak people in The Gambia.

Prayer Points

Pray for a team of people to show the JESUS Film in Mandyak villages.

Pray for the Mandyak people to put their faith in Jesus Christ rather than fallen, wicked spirits.

Pray for a disciple-making movement among the Mandyak people.

Scripture Prayers for the Mandyak, Manjaco in Gambia.


Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

People Name General Mandyak
People Name in Country Mandyak, Manjaco
Pronunciation MAHN-jahk
Alternate Names Caio; Manjack; Manjaco; Pecixe
Population this Country 46,000
Population all Countries 499,000
Total Countries 4
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 2
Unreached No
Frontier People Group No
GSEC 4  (per
Pioneer Workers Needed
People ID 13493
ROP3 Code 106236
ROP25 Code 305110
ROP25 Name Mandyak
Country Gambia
Region Africa, West and Central
Continent Africa
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Location in Country West Coast division: south of Gambia river.   Source:  Ethnologue 2016
Country Gambia
Region Africa, West and Central
Continent Africa
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Location in Country West Coast division: south of Gambia river..   Source:  Ethnologue 2016
Primary Religion: Ethnic Religions
Major Religion Percent
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.30 %)
7.00 %
Ethnic Religions
88.00 %
0.00 %
5.00 %
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
0.00 %
Primary Language Mandjak (46,000 speakers)
Language Code mfv   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 1
Primary Language Mandjak (46,000 speakers)
Language Code mfv   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Mandjak

Primary Language:  Mandjak

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1968)
Bible-New Testament Yes  (2020-2021)
Bible-Complete No
FCBH NT ( Online
YouVersion NT ( Online
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Resource Type Resource Name Source
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching Global Recordings Network
Audio Recordings DAVAR Partners recording, complete Bible DAVAR Partners International
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Mandjak Jesus Film Project
General Faith Comes By Hearing - Bible in text or audio or video Faith Comes by Hearing
General Gospel resources links Scripture Earth
General YouVersion Bible versions in text and/or audio YouVersion Bibles
Mobile App Android Bible app: Mandjak YouVersion Bibles
Mobile App iOS Bible app: Mandjak YouVersion Bibles
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