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Dogon, Tiranige Diga in Mali

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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
7,600 Dogon, Tiranige Diga Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % No No   

Dogon, Tiranige Diga in Mali

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Introduction / History
The Dogon live in a dry remote savannah area in the mid-section of Mali, stretching into Burkina Faso. Their territory includes a rocky plateau in the West and a sandy plain in the east, separated by a 400-700 meter high sheer cliff. The Dogon built their first villages in caves in this cliff, safe from the slave raids of the Fulani nomads who roamed the area. Isolated and distrustful of outsiders, they grew into a scattering of micro-communities, eventually each with a different language.

What are their lives like?
Life in the bare rocky cliffs is harsh. In many cases soil for gardens was brought in from the plains below, and pigeon dung collected from the cliff face was used as fertilizer. Since the Fulani have been subdued (since colonial times), the Dogon have spread out from the cliff onto the plateau (where onions have been introduced as a cash crop) and into the plain (where they grow millet.) They also grow rice, sorghum, peanuts, vegetables and raise livestock.

What are their beliefs?
For centuries, the Dogon have resisted Islam. But as society modernizes, they are increasingly deciding that animistic religion is no longer adequate and grudgingly accept Islam, for lack of an alternative. In the few villages where Christianity has been lived out by missionaries, or locals who have become Christians elsewhere, one can indeed see the growth of the Christian faith. For example, in the village of Kani-Gogouna, each week the church community is larger than the week before, and Christians are considering building a bigger church, whereas the mosque is emptying at the same rate.

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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:Mopti region: Kendie, Lowol Gueou, and Pignari Bana townships on northeast Dogon plateau.
(Source: Ethnologue 2018)
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People Name in Country: Dogon, Tiranige Diga
People Name General: Dogon, Tiranige Diga
ROP3 Code: 116861
Joshua Project People ID: 20583
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 7,600
Population all Countries: 7,600
Least-Reached: Yes
Affinity Bloc: Sub-Saharan Peoples
People Cluster: Gur
People Name General: Dogon, Tiranige Diga
Ethnic Code: NAB56a
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
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Primary Language: Dogon, Tiranige Diga (7,600 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): tde    Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages: 1
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Islam
Major Religions:
Buddhism0.00 % 
Christianity0.00 %(Evangelical: 0.00 %)
Ethnic Religions15.00 % 
Hinduism0.00 % 
Islam85.00 % 
Non-Religious0.00 % 
Other / Small0.00 % 
Unknown0.00 % 
Christianity Segments:
Anglican0.00 %
Independent0.00 %
Protestant0.00 %
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
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New Testament: None Reported
Complete Bible: None Reported
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Dogon, Tiranige Diga in Mali

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