The Mandya, Manjaco in Guinea-Bissau are best known as the Manjack people. Their name means, "I tell you."
The Manjaco people 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.
They are a rural people who make their living by subsistence farming like most people in their part of West Africa.
The Mandya, Manjaco 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 Manjacos 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 Manjacos are the "employers" who will only pay them with offerings if the spirits produce blessings.
The Manjaco people believe that funerals are essential to ensure that these spirits treat them well. Manjacos who move to cities will return to their rural homelands to participate in funeral rituals.
The JESUS Film is available in the Manjaco language. Someone needs to go throughout the Manjaco homeland and show them this film about the life of Jesus Christ. Then they will have the chance to chose the Lord of lords or their capricious ancestral spirits.
* Pray for a team of people to show the JESUS Film in Manjaco villages.
* Pray for the Manjaco people to put their faith in Jesus Christ rather than fallen, wicked spirits.
* Pray for a disciple-making movement among the Manjaco people.
|People Name General||Mandyak|
|People Name in Country||Mandyak, Manjaco|
|Population in Guinea-Bissau||236,000|
|Pioneer Workers Needed||5 to 6|
|Progress Scale||1 ●|
|GSEC||2 (per PeopleGroups.org)|
|Alternate Names||Caio, Manjack, Manjaco, Pecixe|
|Region||West and Central Africa|
|Persecution Rank||Not ranked|
|Location in Country||Cacheu region; Oio region north; Bafata region: Gamamundo sector. Source: Ethnologue 2016|
|Primary Language||Mandjak (236,000 speakers)|
|Language Code||mfv Ethnologue Listing|
|Written||Yes ScriptSource Listing|
|People Groups||Speaking Mandjak|
Primary Language: Mandjak
|Bible Translation ▲||Status (Years)|
|Possible Print Bibles|
|Forum of Bible Agencies|
|World Bible Finder|
|Resource Type ▲||Resource Name|
|Audio Recordings||Audio Bible teaching (GRN)|
|Film / Video||Jesus Film: view in Mandjak|
|Text / Printed Matter||The Seed Company Translation Project|
|Primary Religion:||Ethnic Religions|
|Major Religion ▲||Percent *|
|Christianity (Evangelical 0.60 %)||
|Other / Small||
|Christian Segments ▲||Percent|