Bisa in Zambia

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People Name: Bisa
Country: Zambia
10/40 Window: No
Population: 356,000
World Population: 356,000
Primary Language: Lala-Bisa
Primary Religion: Christianity
Christian Adherents: 95.00 %
Evangelicals: 0.00 %
Scripture: New Testament
Online Audio NT: No
Jesus Film: Yes
Audio Recordings: No
People Cluster: Bantu, Central-South
Affinity Bloc: Sub-Saharan Peoples
Progress Level:

Introduction / History

Legend postulates that they separated from the Bemba during migration from Congo after royal sisters differed. One royal sister did not offer mushroom to a nephew or niece who was hungry. When the clay pot which she was carrying on her head dropped and broke apart mushrooms spilled for all to see and and that royal sister and her immediate family were excommunicated from the migrating tribe. The were called Bisa because they were deemed to be bad people: "Ababi" or Ababisa"

Where Are they Located?

They live on the eastern shores of Lake Bangweulu through Mpika and Chinsali in Muchinga Province to Lundazi and Chama in the eastern provinces of Zambia.

What Are Their Lives Like?

Those near the lake are fishermen, those in Muchinga and eastern provinces are small game poachers/hunters. Subsistence farming is a common denominator for all. Others have migrated into urban areas to escape rural poverty.

What Are Their Beliefs?

Many practice witchcraft. Even though they profess Christianity, their last line of defense is witchcraft.

Prayer Points

Pray they will break away from the belief and practice of witchcraft by the power of the Holy Spirit and the blood of Jesus Christ.

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