Marka, Dafing in Burkina Faso


Population
Main Language
Largest Religion
Christian
Evangelical
Progress
Progress Gauge

Introduction / History

The Marka constitute a large language group who occupy 60 villages in western Burkina Faso. Several thousand Marka live in neighboring Mali. The complexity of the group, with its varied tribes and dialects, makes evangelization and translation work difficult. The Marka are typical of most Burkinabe groups in that they earn their living by farming and raising animals. More and more young men are traveling to Cote d'Ivoire to work on plantations; lack of job opportunities is a major problem for Marka youth.

Families live in square mud huts, and travel by foot, bicycle, moped, or donkey. People enjoy playing soccer, and also spend time making pottery, cloth, and wooden carvings. The Marka retain a strict social and political hierarchy that includes a King, litigation chiefs, war chiefs, and heads of clans and families. There is one central "head" to unify the people, but also a certain amount of autonomy within each village. Translators, literacy workers, and church planters are all needed in the area. Cooperation and teamwork among different missionary groups will help facilitate the spread of the gospel.


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Profile Source:   Anonymous  

People Name General Marka, Dafing
People Name in Country Marka, Dafing
World Population 244,000
Total Countries 2
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 4
Unreached No
Frontier People Group No
GSEC 2  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Pioneer Workers Needed
Alternate Names Dafi, Dafin, Dafing, Mossi
People ID 13550
ROP3 Code 106346
Country Burkina Faso
Region Africa, West and Central
Continent Africa
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Location in Country Boucle du Muhoun region: Bale, Banwa, Nayala, and Sourou provinces; Kossi and Mouhoun provinces: Nouna and Dedougou areas.   Source:  Ethnologue 2016
Country Burkina Faso
Region Africa, West and Central
Continent Africa
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Location in Country Boucle du Muhoun region: Bale, Banwa, Nayala, and Sourou provinces; Kossi and Mouhoun provinces: Nouna and Dedougou areas..   Source:  Ethnologue 2016
Primary Language Marka (184,000 speakers)
Language Code rkm   Ethnologue Listing
Primary Dialect Safané
Dialect Code 13770   Global Recordings Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 1
Primary Language Marka (184,000 speakers)
Language Code rkm   Ethnologue Listing
Primary Dialect Safané
Dialect Code 13770   Global Recordings Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Marka

Primary Language:  Marka

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1987)
Bible-New Testament No
Bible-Complete No
Possible Print Bibles
Amazon
Forum Bible Agencies
National Bible Societies
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World Bibles
Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (GRN)
Primary Religion: Ethnic Religions
Major Religion Percent
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 5.50 %)
14.00 %
Ethnic Religions
58.00 %
Hinduism
0.00 %
Islam
28.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
Christian Segments Percent
Anglican
0.0 %
Independent
5.0 %
Orthodox
0.0 %
Other Christian
0.0 %
Protestant
40.0 %
Roman Catholic
55.0 %
Photo Source Steve and Debbi Clouser 
Map Source Burkina Faso Government  
Profile Source Anonymous  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more