Southern Kissi in Sierra Leone


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Introduction / History

There are two Kissi people divided by dialect. The Northern Kissi live only in Sierra Leone and the Southern Kissi live in Sierra Leone and Liberia.


What Are Their Lives Like?

Kissi farmers eat rice as their staple food. They grow it on hillsides in wet, swampy areas. They also grow melons, potatoes, bananas, corn, peanuts, coffee and cotton. They might sell these, but they have personal gardens where they grow onions, peppers, tomatoes and beans. They raise livestock, particularly cattle. They don’t drink the milk; instead they use the cattle as sacrificial animals. Boys are usually delegated the responsibility for tending livestock.
Men and women share agricultural work, but men are expected to supplement their food supply by hunting and fishing. Women take care of their vegetable gardens and chickens. They are known for being hard workers.
Age is very important in Southern Kissi society. Children are not considered “complete” until they reach puberty. At that time, they have a purification ceremony which “cleanses” them and takes them into adulthood.
Each village has about 150 people, all of whom live in cone-shaped mud homes. They face the center where the village headman resides. That is also where they have their public square.


What Are Their Beliefs?

The Southern Kissi people in Liberia have a greater Christian presence than those in Sierra Leone. Like many sub-Saharan African peoples, the Southern Kissi retain their ancient religious traditions. That includes the worship of ancestral spirits.


What Are Their Needs?

The Southern Kissi need to put all their faith in Jesus Christ.


Prayer Points

Pray for the Southern Kissi people to put all their faith in Jesus Christ rather than ancestral spirits.
Pray for the Lord to bless their crops as a sign of his power and kindness; may they give him praise!
Pray for Southern Kissi Christ followers to disciple others.


Scripture Prayers for the Kissi, Southern in Sierra Leone.


References

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kissi_people
https://www.facebook.com/liberianhistory/posts/a-brief-history-of-the-kissi-tribethe-gola-and-kissi-people-are-originally-from-/142711084155090/
https://www.facebook.com/SPIRITUALPOWERSOFAFRICANTRADITIONALRELIGION/posts/kissi-people-of-sierra-leone-guinea-and-liberiakissi-people-also-known-as-kisi-o/1364222210377970/


Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

People Name General Kissi, Southern
People Name in Country Kissi, Southern
Natural Name Southern Kissi
Alternate Names Kisi; Southern Kissi
Population this Country 150,000
Population all Countries 369,000
Total Countries 2
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 2
Unreached No
Frontier People Group No
GSEC 4  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Pioneer Workers Needed
People ID 15046
ROP3 Code 109485
ROP25 Code 304068
ROP25 Name Kissi
Country Sierra Leone
Region Africa, West and Central
Continent Africa
10/40 Window No
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Location in Country Eastern province: Kailahun district, Moa river area near both Guinea and Liberia borders.   Source:  Ethnologue 2016
Country Sierra Leone
Region Africa, West and Central
Continent Africa
10/40 Window No
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Location in Country Eastern province: Kailahun district, Moa river area near both Guinea and Liberia borders..   Source:  Ethnologue 2016

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Primary Religion: Ethnic Religions
Major Religion Percent
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 1.00 %)
10.00 %
Ethnic Religions
60.00 %
Hinduism
0.00 %
Islam
30.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
Primary Language Kisi, Southern (150,000 speakers)
Language Code kss   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 1
Primary Language Kisi, Southern (150,000 speakers)
Language Code kss   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Kisi, Southern

Primary Language:  Kisi, Southern

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1982-1987)
Bible-New Testament Yes  (1991)
Bible-Complete Yes  (2014)
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Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching Global Recordings Network
Audio Recordings Recorded oral Bible Oral Bibles
Film / Video God's Story video God's Story
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Kisi, Southern Jesus Film Project
General Faith Comes By Hearing - Bible in text or audio or video Faith Comes by Hearing
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General YouVersion Bible versions in text and/or audio YouVersion Bibles
Mobile App Android Bible app: Kisi, Southern YouVersion Bibles
Mobile App iOS Bible app: Kisi, Southern YouVersion Bibles
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