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Kasem in Burkina Faso


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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
114,000 Kasem Ethnic Religions 12.00 % 8.50 %   

Kasem in Burkina Faso

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Introduction / History
The Kasena of southern Burkina Faso speak the Kasem language and inhabit an area along the Ghanaian border to the east of the town called Po. The three languages Kasem, Nuni and Lyele belong to the same linguistic family. The Kasena area is somewhat hilly. Like all of Burkina Faso the climate is very hot, but because of its southern location the Kasena area has an abundance of rains during the rainy season.

The traditional Kasena house is well adapted to the climate with few windows in order to keep out the heat. The houses are decorated with black, white and red colors, which people produce themselves. The flat roof can be used for drying goods, and there is strict separation between the animal and family quarters. The Kasena compound, built for the entire extended family, is round with a wall that links the individual buildings. There are distinct living quarters for the men and women. Every married woman has an individual hut in which she cooks for herself and her children.

The economic activities of the region are strongly influenced by the area's proximity to Ghana. Many Ghanian goods are imported and sold in the villages. Dancing is an important part of Kasena culture. Dances are an integral part of most social events, and the Kasena take great pride in their abilities.

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Country: Burkina Faso
Continent: Africa
Region: Africa, West and Central
10/40 Window: Yes
Total Provinces on file:1
Location in Country:Centre-Sud region, Nahouri province, Po, Guiaro, and Tiébélé towns; Centre-Ouest region, Sissili province.
(Source: Ethnologue 2016)
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  Peoples [3]
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People Name in Country: Kasem
People Name General: Kasem
Alternate People Names:
ROP3 Code: 104705
Joshua Project People ID: 12556
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 114,000
Population all Countries: 292,000
Least-Reached: No
Affinity Bloc: Sub-Saharan Peoples
People Cluster: Gur
People Name General: Kasem
Ethnic Code: NAB56a
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
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Primary Language: Kasem
Language Code (ISO): xsm    Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages: 1
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Ethnic Religions
Major Religions:
Buddhism0.00 % 
Christianity12.00 %(Evangelical: 8.50 %)
Ethnic Religions78.00 % 
Hinduism0.00 % 
Islam10.00 % 
Non-Religious0.00 % 
Other / Small0.00 % 
Unknown0.00 % 
Christianity Segments:
Anglican0.00 %
Independent0.00 %
Protestant75.00 %
Orthodox0.00 %
Other Christian0.00 %
Roman Catholic25.00 %
(Evangelicals distributed across Christianity segments)
Progress Indicators [5]
Progress Scale[6]   Evangelicals have a modest presence.
Least-Reached: No
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: 1948-2005
New Testament:
Complete Bible: 2014
Possible Bible Sources: Forum of Bible Agencies
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Audio RecordingsMegaVoice Audio Bible and Stories
Audio RecordingsAudio Bible teaching (GRN)
Audio RecordingsOnline New Testament (FCBH)
Film / VideoGod's Story Video
Film / VideoJesus Film: view in Kasem
Text / Printed MatterBible: xsm New Testament in Kasem
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Kasem in Burkina Faso

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    Gur     Africa, West and Central    
      Kasem Burkina Faso    
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