Saamia Luhya in Uganda


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Introduction / History

The Saamia-Bungwe people are an agricultural group living around Lake Victoria in both Kenya and Uganda. They also extend to the rocky hills of Tororo where water is drawn mainly from the bore-holes and a few erratic streams which often dry up. The main crops are Cassava, millet, maize, sweet potatoes, and beans. Fruits like mangoes, citrus etc. grow wild. In addition, people keep poultry, sheep and goats, although in small numbers due to the prevalence of tsetse flies. In the past, the area had a sleeping sickness problem but that is now under control. Among the Saamia, land ownership is communal. When a man marries, he inherits a portion of the land owned by his father. The size depends on the available quantity.

Marriage ceremonies have both traditional and Christian dimensions. Partners discover each other because arranged marriages are rare today. The bride price is paid in monetary terms or in kind as cattle. No special clothes are worn for a traditional marriage. However, for a Christian marriage, the English wedding gowns and other bridal fittings are used. The man dresses in a suit or a traditional "Kanzu".

For the marriage to succeed, children are a must. The average family size is seven per couple, but, polygamy is common. Despite reduced death rates, resistance to family planning is still high. Those that are Christians have a strong faith and are considering their futures.


Prayer Points

* Scripture Prayers for the Luhya, Saamia in Uganda.


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People Name General Luhya, Saamia
People Name in Country Luhya, Saamia
Natural Name Saamia Luhya
Population this Country 684,000
Population all Countries 773,000
Total Countries 2
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 5
Unreached No
Frontier People Group No
GSEC 6  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Pioneer Workers Needed
Alternate Names Basamia; Gwe; Luhya; Saamia
People ID 14616
ROP3 Code 108478
Country Uganda
Region Africa, East and Southern
Continent Africa
10/40 Window No
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Location in Country Busia and Bugiri districts; near Kenya border, Lake Victoria is southern boundary.   Source:  Ethnologue 2016
Country Uganda
Region Africa, East and Southern
Continent Africa
10/40 Window No
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Location in Country Busia and Bugiri districts; near Kenya border, Lake Victoria is southern boundary..   Source:  Ethnologue 2016
Primary Language Saamya-Gwe (684,000 speakers)
Language Code lsm   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 1
Primary Language Saamya-Gwe (684,000 speakers)
Language Code lsm   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Saamya-Gwe

Primary Language:  Saamya-Gwe

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1904-1968)
Bible-New Testament Yes  (2011)
Bible-Complete Yes  (2018)
Bible-NT Audio Online
Possible Print Bibles
Amazon
World Bibles
Forum Bible Agencies
National Bible Societies
World Bible Finder
Virtual Storehouse
Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (Global Recordings Network)
Audio Recordings DAVAR Partners recording, complete Bible
Audio Recordings Online New Testament (Faith Comes By Hearing)
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Saamya-Gwe
Film / Video LUMO film of Gospels
General Gospel resources links (Scripture Earth)
Mobile App Download audio Bible app as APK file from Faith Comes By Hearing
Text / Printed Matter World Missionary Press Booklets
Primary Religion: Christianity
Religion Subdivision: Roman Catholic
Major Religion Percent
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 32.00 %)
95.00 %
Ethnic Religions
3.00 %
Hinduism
0.00 %
Islam
2.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
Christian Segments Percent
Anglican
15.0 %
Independent
10.0 %
Orthodox
0.0 %
Other Christian
0.0 %
Protestant
10.0 %
Roman Catholic
65.0 %
Photo Source Anonymous 
Map Source Anonymous  
Profile Source Anonymous  
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