Serer-Sine in Senegal

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People Name: Serer-Sine
Country: Senegal
10/40 Window: Yes
Population: 1,759,000
World Population: 1,829,000
Primary Language: Serer-Sine
Primary Religion: Islam
Christian Adherents: 22.00 %
Evangelicals: 0.81 %
Scripture: Complete Bible
Online Audio NT: Yes
Jesus Film: Yes
Audio Recordings: Yes
People Cluster: Atlantic
Affinity Bloc: Sub-Saharan Peoples
Progress Level:

Introduction / History

This is a subgroup of the greater Serer people. They live in Senegal, Gambia and Mauritania.

What Are Their Lives Like?

Serer-Sine society is built upon strong family ties and tradition. Farmers and herders, the Serer-Sine live on a subsistence basis, relying on good crop yields for a prosperous year. The men cultivate peanuts and millet for the subsistence of his family and community. After this season the men often go to the cities to work. There is often a network of friends and family in the city for men to live with. When the growing season is over for the main crops, women plant gardens of peas, okra, onions and tomatoes on her husband's land or a small plot of her own. She may form irrigation ditches around these plantings or carry the water to the garden herself.
While the men leave for the city to work, women stay at home caring for her family. The women work very hard, starting before daybreak preparing breakfast and working far into the evening preparing dinner and cleaning. They haul water, work in fields and care for nursing infants. Young girls are expected to care for their siblings while the boys work in the fields with their father.
Celebrations among the Serer-Sine include marriages and baby naming ceremonies. Both celebrations involve feasts and gifts of money. The Serer-Sine enjoy song and dance and it is not limited to special occasions. Funerals are a process that starts when a person dies. Wailing and mourning continues until the burial. A month later a feast is given for the friends and family of the deceased.

What Are Their Beliefs?

Serer-Sine adhere to traditional beliefs while some have converted to Islam and others are Roman Catholic. The Serer-Sine have been very gradual in accepting religions outside of their traditional beliefs. Even though people claim to have accepted Islam there are still many traditional beliefs included. Combining these two systems of beliefs is called "folk Islam". All systems of belief among the Serer-Sine include a type of charm. The Muslims wear a picture of a Marabou (a holy Islamic man) and a portion of Koranic verses in their charm. This is believed to give the charm power and bless the wearer. Catholic believers wear a necklace with a picture of Christ or a Diocese in their charm. Animists wear a charm with a bone, shell or dried portion of an animal or ancestor who died long ago.

What Are Their Needs?

The Serer-Sine people need freedom from the spirit world. They need to put their faith in Jesus Christ, the King of kings.

Prayer Points

Pray that the Serer-Sine may find the true freedom in Christ.
Pray that the Serer-Sine will embrace this freedom and start churches that will grow and reproduce in cities and villages.

Text Source:   Joshua Project