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Bibleless Nations

The Zuara of Libya

This small, indigenous North African tribe is one of many groups of Berbers (derivative of the Latin Barbar, meaning "barbarian").  It has remained intact in spite of seventh century Arab invasions and current lack of official recognition.  Belonging to a sect of Islam considered heretical by more orthodox Muslims, the Zaura maintain their own culture and language. The 36,000 Zuara are one of the most spiritually needy people in the world. Living in Libya, a [...]

The Western Cham of Cambodia

600,000 Cham live in elevated split-bamboo homes along the Mekong and Tonle Sap Rivers. They are very poor, with no electricity or running water; but their diet of fish, rice, and vegetables is adequate. Champa, an ancient empire, was invaded by Vietnam in 1471. Many Cham fled to Cambodia to escape death. Then, in the late 1970's, hundreds of thousands were massacred under the rule of the Khmer Rouge. The Cham are a     very tight-knit [...]

The Dimili Kurds of Turkey

The 1,165000 Dimili Kurds live in the Caucasus Mountains. Many are isolated in small villages, accessible only by goat trails; and there is no electricity, medical facilities, or schools. The fertile valleys sustain both farms and animal herds. The Kurds are not recognized as a people group by the Turkish government and have been victims of forced resettlement and ethnic cleansing. In Turkey, even speaking Kurdish was illegal until 1991. The Dimili Kurds principle religion [...]

The Gayo of Indonesia

Over 200,000 Gayo live in the mountains on the island of Sumatra. They were slaves of the Muslim Aceh people in the 1600’s and Islam is still their primary religion. However, they have little understanding of this religion and believe in both spirits and saints who must be appeased. Many religious rituals are performed, including rituals related to healing, praying, farming, and burying their dead. The Dutch occupation (1904-1942) prospered the region by developing agriculture. [...]

The Daur of China

The Daur (or “cultivator”) live in the river areas of northeast China.  These areas are conducive to farming, hunting, and raising animals. The men enjoy wrestling, horseman-ship and archery. Women are skilled in intricate embroidery and the making of ornate home decorations. Traditional music and dance depict themes from life such as an eagle’s flight or picking potherb. The family is important. Each clan has their own shaman, or witchdoctor. The dead are buried in [...]

The Dang Tharu of Nepal

The 394,842 Dang Tharu of  Nepal live just south of the  Himalayan Mountains. They are of Mongolian descent and make their living by farming and raising livestock. Animism (a belief in spiritual beings who reside in persons, animals or things) results in the worship of monkeys, snakes and     cows. The goddesses of forest, river and stream must be appeased. This spirit worship has been mixed with Hinduism, and the Dang Tharu are a low group [...]

The Marka Dafing of Burkina Faso

Speakers of the Marka Dafing language are manifold: 25,000 in the Mali Republic and 200,000 in Burkina Faso (located directly north of Ghana). The dialects of Marka Dafing are: Safané, Nouna, and Gassan. In Burkina Faso, these people live on the plains as agriculturalists. Fifty-five percent of the Marka Dafing people are Muslim, forty percent are Animists, and five percent are Christian. With no Scripture translation (New Testament or Old Testament) in their own language, [...]