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Buamu in Burkina Faso

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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
376,000 Buamu Ethnic Religions 33.00 % 14.00 % No   

Buamu in Burkina Faso

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Introduction / History
The Bwaba, a large ethnic group of western Burkina Faso, are made up of many distinct dialects. The largest is spoken in area surrounding the village of Ouarkoye. Like other Bwaba, the speakers of this dialect are known for their independent spirit. Villages are autonomous: within the traditional Bwaba culture, the highest political authority is a village land chief. The Bwaba are also known for their hard work and ethnic pride.

The Bwaba of the region are subsistence farmers. They grow millet, sorghum, and maize. Cotton has become an important cash crop, even though profits are often less than expected and that it depletes the soil.

What are their beliefs?
In the spiritual realm, the Ouarkoye Bwaba, strongly follow the traditional religion. In this worldview, the spirits which surround man must be appeased through sacrifice in order to ensure survival and good fortune. The Bwaba have strongly resisted Islam, which has been in the region, for over a century. Christianity is making some inroads in the Bwaba region.

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Country: Burkina Faso
Continent: Africa
Region: Africa, West and Central
Persecution Rank:28 (Only top 50 ranked, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
10/40 Window: Yes
Location in Country:Boucle du Muhoun region: Bale, Banwa, Kossi, Mouhoun, and Nayala provinces; Centre-Ouest region: Sissili province; Est region; Hauts-Bassins region: Houet and Tuy provinces; Sud-Ouest region: Bougouriba and Ioba provinces; area 80 km east-west and 200 km north-south.
(Source: Ethnologue 2016)
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People Name in Country: Buamu
People Name General: Buamu
Alternate People Names:
Bobo BwamuBobo Wule
OuarkoyeRed Bobo
ROP3 Code: 101824
Joshua Project People ID: 11060
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 376,000
Population all Countries: 376,000
Least-Reached: No
Affinity Bloc: Sub-Saharan Peoples
People Cluster: Gur
People Name General: Buamu
Ethnic Code: NAB56a
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
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Primary Language: Buamu
Language Code (ISO): box    Ethnologue Listing
Secondary Languages:
French (Unknown)Jula (Unknown)
Total Languages: 3
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Ethnic Religions
Major Religions:
Buddhism0.00 % 
Christianity33.00 %(Evangelical: 14.00 %)
Ethnic Religions57.00 % 
Hinduism0.00 % 
Islam10.00 % 
Non-Religious0.00 % 
Other / Small0.00 % 
Unknown0.00 % 
Christianity Segments:
Anglican0.00 %
Independent4.00 %
Protestant40.00 %
Orthodox0.00 %
Other Christian1.00 %
Roman Catholic55.00 %
(Evangelicals distributed across Christianity segments)
Progress Indicators [5]
Progress Scale[6]   Evangelicals have a significant presence.
Least-Reached: No
GSEC Status:Level 6   Greater than or equal to 10% Evangelical
Bible Translation Status
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Bible Portions: 1957-2005
New Testament:
Complete Bible: None Reported
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)
Audio RecordingsOnline New Testament (FCBH)
Text / Printed MatterBible: Dónbeenì páaníi fĩnle vũah ...
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Buamu in Burkina Faso

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      Buamu Burkina Faso    
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