Duun in Mali

The Duun have only been reported in Mali
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Introduction / History

The Dunn people live in the African country of Mali near the border of Burkina Faso. The climate is hot and dry. The temperature can reach above 100ºF in the hot season.
The Duun would prefer to live near the rivers because the vegetation is thicker and the heat is more bearable. However, the tsetse fly (which carries sleeping sickness) and the simulium fly (which carries river blindness) live near the rivers. These insects make the river areas almost uninhabitable and cause many Duun to suffer from associated medical problems.


What Are Their Lives Like?

For the Duun, the household is the basic economic unit. The villages are large and usually highly populated. Houses are rectangular with flat roofs, much like those of neighboring tribes. Duun villages have dome-shaped granaries which rise above the village walls. Each village may have at least 100 of these granaries. Every village has a headman who acts as the authority to family lineages, rather than as the authority to individual households.
Duun society is patrilineal in structure. This means the lines of descent are traced through the fathers. Private property is inherited by the eldest son, while household property is passed to the younger brother of the father. Married sons attach their households to the household of their father.
When a girl marries, the girl's family does not require a bride-price, as families in other West African tribes do. Instead, the groom gives premarital gifts to the girl's family. The gifts are usually animals such as chickens or goats. Like many other tribes in West Africa, the men sometimes practice polygamy, the marrying of several wives.


What Are Their Beliefs?

The majority of the Duun practice various ethnic religions, and a sizable minority are Muslim. Those who are Muslim hold to the five essential duties of Islam: (1) Affirming that "there is no god but Allah and Mohammed is his prophet;" (2) praying five times a day while facing Mecca; (3) giving alms generously; (4) fasting during Ramadan, the ninth month of the Muslim year; and (5) trying to make at least one pilgrimage to Mecca in their lifetime.
Like many other West African tribes, the Duun practice the tradition of worshiping dead ancestors. The people also believe that the "supreme god" is too distant to worship directly and that, therefore, the only way to serve him or to worship him is through a spirit. Consequently, a Duun will worship a statue or another object believed to house a spirit. The spirit, in return, will supposedly give the worship to the supreme god on behalf of the tribesman.


What Are Their Needs?

There have been efforts to evangelize these people, yet only a small number of Duun have become Christians. They need much prayer and further evangelism so they may learn the reality of God's love.


Prayer Points

Ask the Lord to send forth laborers into Mali who will share the love of Jesus with the Duun.
Ask the Holy Spirit to grant wisdom and favor to any mission agencies presently focusing on the Duun.
Pray that God will give Duun believers boldness to share Christ with their own people.


Scripture Prayers for the Duun, Samogo in Mali.


Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

People Name General Duun, Samogo
People Name in Country Duun, Samogo
Natural Name Duun
Pronunciation doon
Alternate Names Duu; Duun; Duune; Duungo; Samogho; Western Duun
Population this Country 183,000
Population all Countries 183,000
Total Countries 1
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
GSEC 1  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Pioneer Workers Needed 4
People ID 14677
ROP3 Code 108583
ROP25 Code 307193
ROP25 Name Samogho, Duun
Country Mali
Region Africa, West and Central
Continent Africa
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 14  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Location in Country Sikasso region: Kadiolo and Sikasso circles; Bafini river north basin.   Source:  Ethnologue 2018
Country Mali
Region Africa, West and Central
Continent Africa
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 14  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Location in Country Sikasso region: Kadiolo and Sikasso circles; Bafini river north basin..   Source:  Ethnologue 2018
Map of Duun, Samogo in Mali
Primary Religion: Islam
Major Religion Percent
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.02 %
Ethnic Religions
30.00 %
Hinduism
0.00 %
Islam
69.98 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
Primary Language Duungooma
Language Code dux   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Unknown
Total Languages 2
Secondary Languages
Bankagooma
Primary Language Duungooma
Language Code dux   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 2
Secondary Languages
  Bankagooma
People Groups Speaking Duungooma

Primary Language:  Duungooma

Bible Translation Status:  Unspecified

Resource Type Resource Name Source
None reported  
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Map Source People Group location: IMB. Map geography: ESRI / GMI. Map design: Joshua Project.  
Profile Source Joshua Project 
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Learn more.



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