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Luhya, Bukusu in Kenya

Luhya, Bukusu

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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
1,871,000 Bukusu Christianity 98.00 % 60.93 % No   

Luhya, Bukusu in Kenya

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Introduction / History
The Bukusu are a Bantu people who are part of the larger Luhya ethnic group. Their main source of income is from subsistence farming, but cattle and other domestic animals also play an important role. Sugar cane and coffee are two of their most important agricultural crops. The area usually receives sufficient rain to sustain the population.

As is the case in most Kenyan communities, the traditional culture is under heavy pressure. Development and modernization have a strong impact on most parts of traditional life. However, quite a number of traditional customs have been maintained, some with adaptation. For instance, initiation rites still take place among virtually all sections of the population, but the timing has been adapted to coincide with school vacations, so that they do not interfere with the child's education.

Traditionally there was resistance against modern influence among the Bukusu. This was most vividly expressed in the Dini ya Msambwa movement, led by Elijah Masinde. This movement is a mixture of traditional religion with some Christian elements. It manifested itself clearly as a protesting movement against colonial authorities. Its leader was detained several times, mainly in relation to the attacks carried out on administrative institutions. A ban was reinstated even after independence, because of an anti-establishment attitude in word and deed. As for religion, sacrifice was the basic ritual for the movement, just as for the traditional religion. Ancestor worship also played an important role. Despite Masinde's death several years ago, the movement still commands some following.

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Country: Kenya
Continent: Africa
Region: Africa, East and Southern
Persecution Rank:44 (Only top 50 ranked, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
10/40 Window: No
Location in Country:Bungoma, Kakamega, and Trans Nzoia counties: south of Kitale.
(Source: Ethnologue 2016)
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People Name in Country: Luhya, Bukusu
People Name General: Luhya, Bukusu
Alternate People Names:
ROP3 Code: 101720
Joshua Project People ID: 10996
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 1,871,000
Population all Countries: 1,918,000
Least-Reached: No
Affinity Bloc: Sub-Saharan Peoples
People Cluster: Bantu, Central-Lakes
People Name General: Luhya, Bukusu
Ethnic Code: NAB57d
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
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Primary Language: Bukusu (1,871,000 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): bxk    Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages: 1
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Christianity
Religion Sub-division:Protestant
Major Religions:
Buddhism0.00 % 
Christianity98.00 %(Evangelical: 60.93 %)
Ethnic Religions2.00 % 
Hinduism0.00 % 
Islam0.00 % 
Non-Religious0.00 % 
Other / Small0.00 % 
Unknown0.00 % 
Christianity Segments:
Anglican0.00 %
Independent25.00 %
Protestant50.00 %
Orthodox0.00 %
Other Christian0.00 %
Roman Catholic25.00 %
(Evangelicals distributed across Christianity segments)
Progress Indicators [5]
Progress Scale[6]   Evangelicals have a significant presence.
Least-Reached: No
GSEC Status:Level 4   Greater than or equal to 2% Evangelical
Bible Translation Status
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Bible Portions: 1984-1995
New Testament:
Complete Bible: 2010
Possible Bible Sources: Forum of Bible Agencies
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Ministry Resources [7]
Audio RecordingsMegaVoice Audio Bible and Stories
Audio RecordingsAudio Bible teaching (GRN)
Film / VideoJesus Film: view in Lubukusu
GeneralFour Spiritual Laws
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Luhya, Bukusu in Kenya

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