• PEOPLE NAME: BARIBA OF BENIN

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PEID: 12302

ROP: 100685

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Affinity Group: Sub-Saharan African Peoples

Affinity Bloc: Sub-Saharan African

People Cluster: Gur

Language: Baatonum - (bba)

Alternate Name(s):

Primary Religion: Islam - Folk Islam

Country: Benin

Also found in: Burkina Faso; Nigeria; Togo

Population: 1,295,000

Global Population: 1,545,500


PEID: 12302

ROP: 100685

Progress of the Gospel: Engaged yet Unreached

Global Status of Evangelical Christianity: Less than 2% Evangelical, Concentrated CP Activity


Overview: The Bariba of Benin, numbering 1,295,000, are Engaged yet Unreached. They are part of the Gur people cluster within the Sub-Saharan African affinity bloc. Globally, this group totals 1,545,500 in 4 countries. Their primary language is Baatonum. The primary religion practiced by the Bariba is Folk Islam, a syncretistic belief system that blends traditional elements of Islam with superstitious practices such as warding off spirits with incantations and magic amulets, and reciting verses of the Qur'an to bring about miraculous healings.


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