• PEOPLE NAME: NORTHEASTERN SAMO OF BURKINA FASO

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PEID: 47512

ROP: 108628

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Affinity Group: Sub-Saharan African Peoples

Affinity Bloc: Sub-Saharan African

People Cluster: Mande

Language: Maya Samo - (sym)

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Primary Religion: Islam - Folk Islam

Country: Burkina Faso

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Population: 72,000

Global Population: 72,000


PEID: 47512

ROP: 108628

Progress of the Gospel: No Longer Unreached

Global Status of Evangelical Christianity: 2% or Greater but Less than 5% Evangelical


Overview: The Northeastern Samo of Burkina Faso, numbering 72,000, are No Longer Unreached. They are part of the Mande people cluster within the Sub-Saharan African affinity bloc. This people group is only found in Burkina Faso. Their primary language is Maya Samo. The primary religion practiced by the Northeastern Samo 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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