Uganda's Sapiiny people call their language Kupsapiiny, sometimes spelled with an 'a' at the end. They live in eastern Uganda on the slopes of Mount Elgon. Traditionally they raise cattle, many Sapiiny also rely on subsistence farming, cultivating maize, beans, wheat and potatoes. They sell their produce when they are able, but poor roads in some areas make it difficult to transport their crops to the market. More than 60 percent of the Sapiiny people live in poverty.
Clan elders provide leadership and, along with traditional prophets, establish laws, norms and values. Circumcision, performed on adolescent boys, provides cultural identity. Some Sapiiny also practice female circumcision, although in secret because it is illegal.
Christianity came to the Sapiiny in the 1930s through the efforts of a large Christian denomination. Other denominations and Christian groups came in the 1970s. Now 70 percent of the Sapiiny people identify themselves as Christians, although only about half of those are deeply rooted in their faith and growing. Although they believe in the Creator, many see Him as distant. Many also fear ancestral spirits and practice traditional religion, keeping totems and relying on the revelations of local prophets and clan leaders for guidance.
The existing Kupsapiiny New Testament is not widely used. It is essentially a word-for-word rendering of the English Good News Bible and is not the way the Kupsapiiny naturally speak so they are beginning a new translation.
* Scripture Prayers for the Sebei in Uganda.
|Profile Source: Anonymous|
|Expanded PDF Profile|
|People Name General||Sebei|
|People Name in Country||Sebei|
|Progress Scale||5 ●|
|Frontier People Group||No|
|GSEC||2 (per PeopleGroups.org)|
|Pioneer Workers Needed|
|Alternate Names||Kupsabiny, Kupsapiny, Mbai, Sabiny, Sapiny|
|Region||East and Southern Africa|
|National Bible Society||Website|
|Persecution Rank||Not ranked|
|Location in Country||Kapchorwa and Bukwa districts; some in Nakapiripirit district; Kenya border area. Source: Ethnologue 2016|
|Primary Language||Kupsapiiny (338,000 speakers)|
|Language Code||kpz Ethnologue Listing|
|Dialect Code||1118 Global Recordings Listing|
|Language Written||Yes ScriptSource Listing|
Primary Language: Kupsapiiny
|Bible Translation ▲||Status (Years)|
|Bible-New Testament||Yes (1996)|
|Possible Print Bibles|
|Forum Bible Agencies|
|National Bible Societies|
|World Bible Finder|
|Resource Type ▲||Resource Name|
|Audio Recordings||Audio Bible teaching (GRN)|
|Audio Recordings||Online New Testament (FCBH)|
|Film / Video||Jesus Film: view in Kupsapiiny|
|Major Religion ▲||Percent|
|Christianity (Evangelical 30.00 %)||
|Other / Small||
|Christian Segments ▲||Percent|