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Fulani, Maasina in Mali

Fulani, Maasina

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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
1,217,000 Fulfulde, Maasina Islam 0.01 % 0.01 %   

Fulani, Maasina in Mali

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Introduction / History
The Fula Kita (also known as the Fula Maasina) are located predominantly in the Maasina region of Mali. However, there are other smaller communities of Fula Kita in Ghana and Cote d'Ivoire. The language spoken by these Fulani people is called Peul, or Fuladougou. Peul, which is a part of the West Atlantic branch of the Niger-Congo language family, has two dialects: eastern and western.

Major groups in Mali include the Bambara, the Tuareg, the Soninke, the Sénouf, the Songhai, the Malinké, and the Fulani. Nomadic Tuareg and other Berber tribes roam the Sahel region and parts of the Sahara Desert.

The Maasina region of Mali is a full-fledged geographical and political state located in the central part of the country. The culture and lifestyle of the Fula Kita who live there are virtually identical to those of the other Fulani peoples in West Africa.

What are their lives like?
The Fula Kita make a living mainly from farming and raising cattle. Gathering forest products, hunting, fishing, and trading are also part of their daily lives. Staple crops include millet, rice, and peanuts. Cattle are their main type of livestock, but sheep and goats are also raised. The cattle are not the usual Fulani humped breed, but a native Fouta Djallon breed called Ndama, which is resistant to the disease-carrying tsetse fly.

Herding cattle is usually a male activity, although the women milk and help take care of the cattle. The women also tend to the small livestock and poultry, cultivate gardens, and carry containers of milk and cheese to the local markets for sale or trade.

Although Fula Kita villages are scattered, each village has a central court and a mosque. Together, these compose a miside, or community. Each miside has a headman who handles village affairs and answers to a chief.

Houses belonging to the settled Fula Kita are typically round with mud walls and thatched roofs. Each hut has an encircling veranda. The nomadic Fula Kita live in open, beehive-shaped huts with no walls or verandas. Each hut is surrounded by a cattle corral.

Daughters remain with their mothers until they marry. However, as soon as a son reaches puberty, he leaves the family compound and lives alone in a nearby compound, usually with some cattle. This new compound will become the home of the son and his future wife.

The first marriage of a man is usually arranged by the man's father. A bride-service of helping the girl's father with his livestock is performed by the man, who usually marries while he is in his early twenties. Polygyny (the practice of having more than one wife) is common, up to the Muslim limit of four wives. There is one chief wife, however, who has authority over the other wives.

Children belong to "age-sets" until they marry. An age-set occurs at three or four year intervals, with every child born in those years belonging to that set. The children in an age-set go to school together and often work together. When the time for marriage arrives, they may even help one another with the bride-service. Within each age-set are a leader, a deputy, and a judge.

What are their beliefs?
The Fula Kita in Mali are almost completely Muslim. As such, they follow the teachings of the Koran, Islam's holy book. They believe that Allah is the only God and that Mohammed is his prophet. To teach their children the Muslim faith, some of the Fula Kita villages have established Islamic schools.

What are their needs?
Efforts to evangelize these people have resulted in only a very small number of Fula Kita believers. They are very devoted to Islam and view it as a fulfillment of their needs. To win the Fula Kita to Christ, further prayer is needed so that their hearts and eyes will be opened to the Truth.

Prayer Points
* Ask the Lord to send additional missionaries to join ones already working among the Fula Kita of Mali.
* Pray that God will use Fula Kita believers to minister salvation to their families and friends.
* Ask God to raise up prayer teams who will begin breaking up the spiritual soil of Mali through worship and intercession.
* Pray that strong local churches will be raised up among the Fula Kita.

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Country: Mali
Continent: Africa
Region: Africa, West and Central
Persecution Rank:29 (Only top 50 ranked, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
10/40 Window: Yes
Location in Country:Widespread.
(Source: Ethnologue 2018)
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Linguistic Map:Ethnologue language map
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People Name in Country: Fulani, Maasina
People Name General: Fulani, Maasina
Alternate People Names:
Fula KitaFula Macina
FulaniFulbe Maasina
Fulfulde MasinaLiptako
Macina FulaMacina Fulani
ROP3 Code: 103078
Joshua Project People ID: 11773
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 1,217,000
Population all Countries: 1,722,000
Least-Reached: Yes
Affinity Bloc: Sub-Saharan Peoples
People Cluster: Fulani / Fulbe
People Name General: Fulani, Maasina
Ethnic Code: NAB56c
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
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Primary Language: Fulfulde, Maasina
Language Code (ISO): ffm    Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages: 1
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Islam
Major Religions:
Buddhism0.00 % 
Christianity0.01 %(Evangelical: 0.01 %)
Ethnic Religions0.00 % 
Hinduism0.00 % 
Islam99.99 % 
Non-Religious0.00 % 
Other / Small0.00 % 
Unknown0.00 % 
Christianity Segments:
Anglican0.00 %
Independent0.00 %
Protestant25.00 %
Orthodox0.00 %
Other Christian0.00 %
Roman Catholic75.00 %
(Evangelicals distributed across Christianity segments)
Progress Indicators [5]
Progress Scale[6]   Few evangelicals and few who claim to be Christians. Little, if any, history of Christianity.
Least-Reached: Yes
GSEC Status:Level 2   Less than 2% Evangelical. Initial (localized) church planting within past 2 years
Bible Translation Status
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Bible Portions: 1934
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)
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Fulani, Maasina in Mali

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People Cluster
    Fulani / Fulbe     Africa, West and Central    
      Fulani, Maasina Mali    
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