Jotoni in Mali


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Introduction / History

The Jotoni of Mali are a small tribe, speaking the Jowulu language, Bambara and French. Conditions in Mali are often harsh, with GNP of only $800 per person.


What Are Their Lives Like?

Every Jotoni village has a headman who acts as the authority to family lineages rather than as the authority to individual households. Jotoni society is patrilineal in structure. This means that the lines of descent are traced through the fathers. Private property is inherited by the eldest son, while household property is passed to the younger brother of the father. Married sons attach their households to the household of their father. When a girl marries, the girl's family does not require a "bride-price," as families in other West African tribes do. Instead, the groom gives premarital gifts to the girl's family. The gifts are usually animals such as chickens or goats. Like many other tribes in West Africa, the men sometimes practice polygamy, or the marrying of several wives.


What Are Their Beliefs?

The great majority of the Jotoni practice various ethnic religions with a thin veneer of Islam. The Jotoni believe that the "supreme god" of Islam is too distant to worship directly and that the only way to worship him is through a spirit. Consequently, they worship statues or other objects that they believe house the spirits. The spirits, in return, will supposedly give the worship to the supreme god on their behalf.


What Are Their Needs?

The land of the Jotoni is not hospitable to outsiders, conditions are often harsh. There are all kinds of physical needs for the Jotoni people. They need clean water and medical facilities.


Prayer Points

There may be no believers in Jesus among the Jotoni tribe at present but pray for those the Lord will soon lead to himself. Pray they will be completely humble and gentle toward one another. Pray the Jotoni tribe will be able to provide for their families, with clean water, sufficient food and shelter, and schools for their children.


Scripture Prayers for the Jotoni in Mali.


Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

People Name General Jotoni
People Name in Country Jotoni
Alternate Names Jori; Jowulu; Samogho
Population this Country 23,000
Population all Countries 25,000
Total Countries 2
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 2
Unreached No
Frontier People Group No
GSEC 2  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Pioneer Workers Needed
People ID 12370
ROP3 Code 104305
ROP25 Code 303404
ROP25 Name Jotoni
Country Mali
Region Africa, West and Central
Continent Africa
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 14  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Location in Country Sikasso region: Kadiolo circle, Loulouni commune, 12 villages on Burkina Faso border.   Source:  Ethnologue 2018
Country Mali
Region Africa, West and Central
Continent Africa
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 14  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Location in Country Sikasso region: Kadiolo circle, Loulouni commune, 12 villages on Burkina Faso border..   Source:  Ethnologue 2018
Map of Jotoni in Mali
Primary Religion: Islam
Major Religion Percent
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 2.00 %)
10.00 %
Ethnic Religions
15.00 %
Hinduism
0.00 %
Islam
75.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
Primary Language Jowulu (23,000 speakers)
Language Code jow   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 1
Primary Language Jowulu (23,000 speakers)
Language Code jow   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Jowulu
Photo Source Wild West Africa Connection 
Map Source People Group location: IMB. Map geography: ESRI / GMI. Map design: Joshua Project.  
Profile Source Joshua Project 
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Learn more.



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