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Senoufo, Palaka in Côte d'Ivoire



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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
14,000 Senoufo, Palaka Islam 3.00 % 1.00 % No No   

Senoufo, Palaka in Côte d'Ivoire

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Introduction / History
Senoufos are divided into three groups: Northern, Central, and Southern, according to the three distinct language divisions. As a whole, the Senoufo tribes speak over 30 dialects, including that of the Palaka Senoufos.

Where are they located?
The various Senoufo groups live in the Middle Volta region of West Africa which includes parts of Cote d'Ivoire, Mali and Burkina Faso.

What are their lives like?
Most of the Senoufo are subsistence farmers. They have been admired as skilled agriculturists, cultivating dry rice, yams, peanuts, and millet in the grasslands that are prevalent in their region. One of the most important ways for a male to gain prestige is to become a sambali, which is a "champion cultivator." A sambali is respected throughout his lifetime and upholds the honor of his residential settlement before the entire village and surrounding district.

One important aspect of Senoufo society is its concept of "community." The Senoufo think of themselves as one group, with all of their ideas pointing in the same direction. The concept of the "individual" is known only in limited circumstances; thus, no man stands alone. Instead, each person is thought of as part of an extended family, a member of the village, the elder or younger brother, etc. The fields are worked collectively, food is stored collectively, and each family contributes to the village. A Senoufo is always aware of his place in the society as it relates to others in the group. To the Senoufo, the good of the community always comes before the good of the individual. Unless the entire tribe makes a change, such as converting to a different religion, no one does.

Another important feature of Senoufo life is the poro or "male secret society". The poro prepares men for leadership in the community, so that they might attain wisdom, accept responsibility and gain power. It begins with the child's grade of "discovery," followed by extensive training and service. It ends with the ritual death of the child and the final graduation of the "finished man." Dramatic ceremonies, dances, and visual displays mark the passage from one grade to the next. When the man reaches about 30 years of age, the initiation is complete and he is considered an adult. He then becomes one of the elders with whom the chief consults on major decisions. Poro sanctuaries are hidden inside dense groves of trees outside the Senoufo villages. These sacred groves are used as schools, meeting houses, and places of worship.

Since World War II, the Senoufo region has become more commercialized and urbanized. Today, the young men have opportunities to move to the cities and earn money. This has weakened the influences that Senoufo fathers formerly had over their sons. The importance of the communal nature of their society has also declined. Unfortunately, the weakening of these two areas has allowed Islam to begin seeping into the cracks of this rapidly changing society.

What are their beliefs?
About one-fourth of the Senoufo are Muslim, although that figure is steadily increasing. The remainder continues to practice their traditional ethnic religions. The belief in various gods, ancestral spirits, and bush spirits, along with participation in witchcraft, magic, and cults, are all a part of daily life for most Senoufo.

What are their needs?
Although most of the Senoufo groups are the focus of one or more mission agencies, there are some that have no gospel witness. Fortunately, the Palaka Senoufo have some believers among them.

Today, Senoufo society is rapidly changing. The Senoufo need an opportunity to hear the truth of the gospel before a total conversion to Islam takes place. Intense prayers and increased evangelism efforts must be made in order to reach them with the good news.

Prayer Points
* Ask the Lord to call people who are willing to go to Cote d'Ivoire and share Christ with the Palaka Senoufo.
* Pray that the Holy Spirit will soften the hearts of the Palaka Senoufo towards the gospel.
* Ask the Lord to give Senoufo believers courage to share the gospel with their own people.
* Ask the Lord to raise up strong Disciple-Making movements among each of the Senoufo tribes.
* Pray for translation of the Bible to begin in this people group's primary language.
* Pray for the availability of the Jesus Film in the primary language of this people.

References
https://joshuaproject.net/people_groups/11667/IV
http://www.peoplegroups.org/Explore/groupdetails.aspx?peid=13124
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Senufo_people

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Country: Côte d'Ivoire
Continent: Africa
Region: Africa, West and Central
10/40 Window: No
Total Provinces on file:1
Location in Country:Savanes District, east of Bandama Blanc river; Vallée du Bandama District, Sikolo area, north of Djimini.
(Source: Ethnologue 2016)
   
 
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People Name in Country: Senoufo, Palaka
People Name General: Senoufo, Palaka
Alternate People Names:
KpalagaPalaka
Palaka SenufoPalara
ROP3 Code: 107773
Joshua Project People ID: 14269
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 14,000
Population all Countries: 14,000
Least-Reached: Yes
   
 
Affinity Bloc: Sub-Saharan Peoples
People Cluster: Gur
People Name General: Senoufo, Palaka
Ethnic Code: NAB56a
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
   
 
Language
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Primary Language: Senoufo, Palaka (14,000 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): plr    Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages: 1
   
 
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Islam
Major Religions:
Buddhism0.00 % 
Christianity3.00 %(Evangelical: 1.00 %)
Ethnic Religions17.00 % 
Hinduism0.00 % 
Islam80.00 % 
Non-Religious0.00 % 
Other / Small0.00 % 
Unknown0.00 % 
Christianity Segments:
Anglican0.00 %
Independent30.00 %
Protestant70.00 %
Orthodox0.00 %
Other Christian0.00 %
Roman Catholic0.00 %
 
(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 1   Less than 2% Evangelical. Some evangelical resources available, but no active church planting within past 2 years
 
 
Bible Translation Status
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Bible Portions: Help start a Bible Translation
New Testament: None Reported
Complete Bible: None Reported
 
 
Ministry Resources [7]
Audio RecordingsMegaVoice Audio Bible and Stories
Audio RecordingsAudio Bible teaching (GRN)
 
 
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Senoufo, Palaka in Côte d'Ivoire

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