• PEOPLE NAME: VAI OF LIBERIA

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PEID: 13530

ROP: 110483

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Affinity Group: Sub-Saharan African Peoples

Affinity Bloc: Sub-Saharan African

People Cluster: Mande

Language: Vai - (vai)

Alternate Name(s): Gallinas, Gallines, Vei, Vy

Primary Religion: Islam - Folk Islam

Country: Liberia

Also found in: Sierra Leone

Population: 190,000

Global Population: 220,000


PEID: 13530

ROP: 110483

Progress of the Gospel: Engaged yet Unreached

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


Overview: The Vai of Liberia, numbering 190,000, are Engaged yet Unreached. They are part of the Mande people cluster within the Sub-Saharan African affinity bloc. Globally, this group totals 220,000 in 2 countries. Their primary language is Vai. The primary religion practiced by the Vai 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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