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Senoufo, Dyimini in Côte d'Ivoire

Senoufo, Dyimini

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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
157,000 Senoufo, Djimini Islam 2.00 % 0.20 %   

Senoufo, Dyimini in Côte d'Ivoire

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Introduction / History
The various Senoufo groups live in the Middle Volta region of West Africa which includes parts of Cote d'Ivoire, Mali, and Burkina Faso. They are divided into three groups: Northern, Central, and Southern, according to the three distinct language divisions. As a whole, the Senoufo tribes speak over thirty dialects.

The Northern Senoufo are a cultural mixture of immigrants from around Odienne and Fourou, who intermarried with groups in the Kenedougou region. The Kenedougou kingdom was established in the 1800s with Sikasso as its capital. Though Islam was the predominant religion, its spread was limited to the elite and tribal chiefs.

The Central Senoufo are a cultural mixture of the Samogho, Lobi, Turka, Toussian, and Bobo-Dyula tribes. They continue to be influenced both by Sikasso and the Bobo-Dyula who live in their region. In the 1700s, Dyula traders settled among the Southern Senoufo. They eventually overpowered the Senoufo and raised up their own rulers. Kong became their Islamic capital but Islam was once again limited to the elite.

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. Everyone eats as a group and dips into a common dish. 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 missions agencies, the Tyelibele have no Christian witness 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 West Africa and share Christ with the Senoufo.
* Pray that the Holy Spirit will soften the hearts of the Senoufo towards the Gospel.
* Ask the Lord to give the Senoufo believers courage to share the Gospel with their own people.
* Pray that God will open the hearts of the governmental leaders of Ivory Coast, Mali, and Burkina Faso to the Gospel.
* Pray that God will raise up intercessors to faithfully stand in the gap for the Senoufo.
* Ask the Lord to raise up strong local churches among each of the Senoufo tribes.

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Global Prayer Digest: 2015-02-19
Global Prayer Digest: 2017-02-26
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Country: Côte d'Ivoire
Continent: Africa
Region: West and Central Africa
10/40 Window: No
Total Provinces on file:1
Location in Country:Vallée du Bandama District, Dabakala department, northeast corner; Lacs District, northwest of Kouandkro; Savanes District, Ferkessedougou department.
(Source: Ethnologue 2016)
   
 
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  Peoples [3]
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People Name in Country: Senoufo, Dyimini
People Name General: Senoufo, Dyimini
Alternate People Names:
DjiminiDyimini Senufo
Jinmini
ROP3 Code: 102801
Joshua Project People ID: 11667
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 157,000
Population all Countries: 157,000
Least-Reached: Yes
   
 
Affinity Bloc: Sub-Saharan Peoples
People Cluster: Gur
People Name General: Senoufo, Dyimini
Ethnic Code: NAB56a
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
   
 
Language
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Primary Language: Senoufo, Djimini (157,000 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): dyi    Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages: 1
   
 
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Islam
Major Religions:
Buddhism0.00 % 
Christianity2.00 %(Evangelical: 0.20 %)
Ethnic Religions40.00 % 
Hinduism0.00 % 
Islam58.00 % 
Non-Religious0.00 % 
Other / Small0.00 % 
Unknown0.00 % 
Christianity Segments:
Anglican0.00 %
Independent10.00 %
Protestant10.00 %
Orthodox0.00 %
Other Christian0.00 %
Roman Catholic80.00 %
 
(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 2   Less than 2% Evangelical. Initial (localized) church planting within past 2 years
 
 
Bible Translation Status
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Bible Portions: 1989-1998
New Testament:
1993Audio
Complete Bible: 2015
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 Senoufo, Djimini
Text / Printed MatterThe Seed Company Translation Project
 
 
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Senoufo, Dyimini in Côte d'Ivoire

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