Affinity Group: Sub-Saharan African Peoples
Affinity Bloc: Sub-Saharan African
People Cluster: Mande
Language: Mende (Sierra Leone) - (men)
Alternate Name(s): Boumpe, Hulo, Mɛnde, Mɛnde yia, “Kossa”, "Kosso"
Primary Religion: Islam - Folk Islam
Also found in: Sierra Leone; United States
Global Population: 2,389,500
Progress of the Gospel: Engaged yet Unreached
Global Status of Evangelical Christianity: Less than 2% Evangelical, Dispersed CP Activity
Overview: The Mende of Liberia, numbering 43,000, are Engaged yet Unreached. They are part of the Mande people cluster within the Sub-Saharan African affinity bloc. Globally, this group totals 2,389,500 in 3 countries. Their primary language is Mende (Sierra Leone). The primary religion practiced by the Mende 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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