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Sisaala, Pasaale in Ghana

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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
55,000 Paasaal Ethnic Religions 10.00 % 1.50 %   

Sisaala, Pasaale in Ghana

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Introduction / History
The Pasaale people live in the dry savannah and rolling hills of the upper west region of Ghana, in the Funsi-Kundugu division area. They are of the Sissala- Grunshie tribe in the Wa district. Nearly all 18 of the Pasaale villages are built on flat hill tops, so the actual villages are on level ground. The Pasaale are subsistence farmers. It is a standard practice to have more than one wife. About 50% of the men are polygamous. There is a public school system with 11 primary schools and 6 Junior secondary schools in the area. The village of Funsi has a Catholic primary school and a junior secondary school. Though 50% of children begin school, only 10-20% complete junior secondary school.

The adult literacy rate is less than 2%. About 80% of the Pasaale people believe in traditional religion. Islam accounts for about 10% while the rest are Christians. The Catholic Church pioneered missions in the Pasaale area. In the Pasaale culture, marriage is seen as a permanent life union between husband and wife. Having one wife is a sign of laziness because to the Pasaale man, many wives represent greatness and are a source of pride. The purpose of marriage to the Pasaale people is to get children and to provide a labor force for the husband. Divorce is not legally accepted when a marriage is contracted unless gross contempt is shown for the girl's family or vise versa. Should a woman be willfully divorced by her husband, all girls from the village will be called home in protest.

In Pasaale culture, women have no religion and their salvation depends on how well they obey their husbands. Intimate discussions with a wife are frowned upon by the community. For instance, eating together with one's wife is a good reason for being left out during important meetings, because they fear that one will disclose family secrets to one's wife.

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Country: Ghana
Continent: Africa
Region: Africa, West and Central
10/40 Window: No
Total Provinces on file:1
Location in Country:Upper West region: south of Tumu, 105 km east of Wa, 18 villages; Northern region: West Gonja district.
(Source: Ethnologue 2016)
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People Name in Country: Sisaala, Pasaale
People Name General: Sisaala, Pasaale
Alternate People Names:
ROP3 Code: 107907
Joshua Project People ID: 14325
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 55,000
Population all Countries: 55,000
Least-Reached: No
Affinity Bloc: Sub-Saharan Peoples
People Cluster: Gur
People Name General: Sisaala, Pasaale
Ethnic Code: NAB56a
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
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Primary Language: Paasaal (55,000 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): sig    Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages: 1
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Ethnic Religions
Major Religions:
Buddhism0.00 % 
Christianity10.00 %(Evangelical: 1.50 %)
Ethnic Religions70.00 % 
Hinduism0.00 % 
Islam20.00 % 
Non-Religious0.00 % 
Other / Small0.00 % 
Unknown0.00 % 
Christianity Segments:
Anglican0.00 %
Independent0.00 %
Protestant10.00 %
Orthodox0.00 %
Other Christian0.00 %
Roman Catholic90.00 %
(Evangelicals distributed across Christianity segments)
Progress Indicators [5]
Progress Scale[6]   Evangelicals have only a very small representation among all who claim to be Christians.
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: 1994-1996
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)
Film / VideoJesus Film: view in Paasaal
Text / Printed MatterBible: Paasaal
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Sisaala, Pasaale in Ghana

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      Sisaala, Pasaale Ghana    
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