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Ndut in Senegal


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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
46,000 Ndut Islam 30.00 % 3.00 % No   

Ndut in Senegal

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Introduction / History
The Ndut are part of the larger Cangin people groups. Besides the Ndut there are the Lehar, the Palor, the Non and the Djegem. Originally they all spoke one language, but over centuries they are now distinct, separate languages. Oral tradition holds that the Cangin peoples took part in the great Sereer migration that began around 1000 AD and moved south from the Senegal River valley. Sandwiched between several Wolof kingdoms from the 14th century to the colonial times, the Cangin peoples resisted integration with the Wolof, zealously guarding their ethnic purity. With the acceptance of Christianity or Islam and the stop on slave raids, the relations with the Wolof became friendlier.

Today most of the Ndut people are fluent in the Wolof language and have integrated well into the national life. But they still continue to use and value their mother tongue and have maintained a sense of pride in their cultural uniqueness. Christianity came to the Ndut in the early 1800s. But in the last 40 years the area has become largely Muslim. Most Ndut who practice Islam or Catholicism also retain many of their traditional animistic beliefs. It is these beliefs that need to be challenged with the Gospel.

The Ndut are an agricultural people living in the west of Senegal near the coast. They raise millet, peanuts, beans, as well as a variety of fruit trees. But increased desertification has made water scarce, so many have moved to Dakar and to work as teachers, masons, carpenters, domestic helpers, mechanics and other occupations. Traditionally the Ndut people live in square mud brick houses clustered together in enclosed compounds, but today many are using cement blocks to build their homes even in the villages. Other traditional practices are giving way to Islamic ones. One man may have up to four wives (Muslim), but traditionally will have only up to two.

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Country: Senegal
Continent: Africa
Region: Africa, West and Central
10/40 Window: Yes
Location in Country:Thies region: between Thies town and Atlantic coast.
(Source: Ethnologue 2016)
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People Name in Country: Ndut
People Name General: Ndut
Alternate People Names:
ROP3 Code: 107177
Joshua Project People ID: 13296
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 46,000
Population all Countries: 46,000
Least-Reached: No
Affinity Bloc: Sub-Saharan Peoples
People Cluster: Atlantic
People Name General: Ndut
Ethnic Code: NAB56c
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Primary Language: Ndut (46,000 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): ndv    Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages: 1
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Islam
Major Religions:
Buddhism0.00 % 
Christianity30.00 %(Evangelical: 3.00 %)
Ethnic Religions27.00 % 
Hinduism0.00 % 
Islam43.00 % 
Non-Religious0.00 % 
Other / Small0.00 % 
Unknown0.00 % 
Christianity Segments:
Anglican0.00 %
Independent15.00 %
Protestant10.00 %
Orthodox0.00 %
Other Christian0.00 %
Roman Catholic75.00 %
(Evangelicals distributed across Christianity segments)
Progress Indicators [5]
Progress Scale[6]   Evangelicals have a modest presence.
Least-Reached: No
Bible Translation Status
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Bible Portions: 2007
New Testament: None Reported
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)
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Film / VideoMy Last Day (Jesus Film Project Anime)
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Ndut in Senegal

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People Cluster
    Atlantic     Africa, West and Central    
      Ndut Senegal    
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