• PEOPLE NAME: BISA OF COTE D’IVOIRE

Affinity Group: Sub-Saharan African Peoples

Affinity Bloc: Sub-Saharan African

People Cluster: Mande

Language: Bissa - (bib)

Alternate Name(s):

Primary Religion: Islam - Folk Islam

Country: Cote d’Ivoire

Also found in: Burkina Faso; Ghana; Togo

Population: 130,000

Global Population: 1,116,500


PEID: 13053

ROP: 101797

Progress of the Gospel: Unengaged and Unreached

Global Status of Evangelical Christianity: Less than 2% Evangelical, No Active CP Activity


Overview: The Bisa of Cote d’Ivoire, numbering 130,000, are Unengaged and Unreached. They are part of the Mande people cluster within the Sub-Saharan African affinity bloc. Globally, this group totals 1,116,500 in 4 countries. Their primary language is Bissa. The primary religion practiced by the Bisa 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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