• PEOPLE NAME: MANDINKA OF GAMBIA

Affinity Group: Sub-Saharan African Peoples

Affinity Bloc: Sub-Saharan African

People Cluster: Malinke

Language: Mandinka - (mnk)

Alternate Name(s):

Primary Religion: Islam - Folk Islam

Country: Gambia

Also found in: Benin; France; Ghana; Guinea-Bissau; Senegal; United States

Population: 803,000

Global Population: 2,083,400


PEID: 13237

ROP: 106233

Progress of the Gospel: Engaged yet Unreached

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


Overview: The Mandinka of Gambia, numbering 803,000, are Engaged yet Unreached. They are part of the Malinke people cluster within the Sub-Saharan African affinity bloc. Globally, this group totals 2,083,400 in 7 countries. Their primary language is Mandinka. The primary religion practiced by the Mandinka 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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