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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, [...]