• PEOPLE NAME: DENDI OF BENIN

Affinity Group: Sub-Saharan African Peoples

Affinity Bloc: Sub-Saharan African

People Cluster: Songhai

Language: Dendi (Benin) - (ddn)

Alternate Name(s):

Primary Religion: Islam - Folk Islam

Country: Benin

Also found in: Niger; Nigeria

Population: 291,000

Global Population: 421,600


PEID: 12316

ROP: 102513

Progress of the Gospel: Engaged yet Unreached

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


Overview: The Dendi of Benin, numbering 291,000, are Engaged yet Unreached. They are part of the Songhai people cluster within the Sub-Saharan African affinity bloc. Globally, this group totals 421,600 in 3 countries. Their primary language is Dendi (Benin). The primary religion practiced by the Dendi 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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