Maan in Guinea

Main Language
Largest Religion
Progress Gauge

Introduction / History

The Maan live primarily in southern Guinea and northern Liberia. In Liberia, the Maan are considered to be mMinimally reached; however, in Guinea they are unreached. The Maan in Guinea speak a language (also called Maan) with many dialects. Between the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, many Mande-speaking peoples (including the Gio, the Maan, and the Kono) migrated from the north. The Mandingo forced the Kpelle to move southward and they, in turn, forced the Mande-speakers farther southward. Most of the Maan settled in Guinea. However, many immigrated to Liberia at the end of the 1800s when the French occupied Guinea. Today, about a quarter of the Maan live in Guinea and the others are in Liberia.

What Are Their Lives Like?

The Maan in Guinea make their living as subsistence farmers. They grow rice as their staple crop, cultivating large plots of land outside their villages. Farming involves the entire family. Boys chase birds away or hunt them before they can kill the crops. The women weed the fields. Besides rice, the Maan grow pineapples, peppers, beans, okra, onion, maize, and bananas in their farm villages. In addition, they cultivate coffee and peanuts as cash crops. The Maan select a new farm site each year, cutting and burning the bush undergrowth and trees to prepare their fields.Hand-made fences surround the farmland in an attempt to discourage threatening animals. After planting, they offer sacrifices to their tribal gods to ensure a good harvest.The Maan keep several kinds of farm animals, including cattle, goats and chickens. They do not milk their cows and they don't eat the eggs of their chickens. Most of their protein comes from fish; both men and women fish and they also buy frozen fish in the markets. The Maan also hunt; however, the introduction of firearms has led to a significant depletion of game animals in the forests. The Maan believe that no meal is complete without rice. They sometimes toast and eat winged termites as snacks.Although some Maan must sleep in the small, temporary farm villages during harvest season, most Maan live in towns year-round. They locate their towns on high ground with water sources nearby. Maan communities range from as few as ten to as many as several hundred people. The towns are crowded, with the houses built close together. The Maan live in square homes with low-walled porches and thatched roofs. They usually build their houses on clay platforms to keep out the rain.

What Are Their Beliefs?

The great majority of the Maan of Guinea practice animism (believing that non-human objects have spirits). They worship Wala, the creator god who lives in heaven; however, they have little idea of what heaven or life after death is really like. The Maan believe that small men or goblins live in the bush. These goblins are friendly ghosts, but they might kill anyone who destroys their homes by clearing the land. They also practice witchcraft; witches often curse and sometimes kill their victims.

What Are Their Needs?

The New Testament and the JESUS Film have been translated into Maan, as well as several other gospel recordings and portions of an audio Bible. There is a need for additional evangelistic tools, Christian workers and continued prayer to see these precious people blessed by becoming part of Christ’s heavenly family.

Prayer Points

* Scripture Prayers for the Maan in Guinea.

Ask the Holy Spirit to grant wisdom and favor to mission agencies focusing on the Maan, leading gospel workers to people whose hearts are open.Pray for Christian radio and television broadcasts to be made available in the Maan language.Ask the Lord to give the Maan believers boldness to share Christ with their own people, and to draw entire families to Himself.Ask God to call Christian teachers and medical teams to go to Guinea and work among the Maan.Pray for a church-planting movement among the Maan that will result in churches and disciples multiplying to many generations.

Profile Source:   JoshuaProject  

People Name General Maan
People Name in Country Maan
Population this Country 109,000
Population all Countries 450,000
Total Countries 2
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group No
GSEC 2  (per
Pioneer Workers Needed 2
Alternate Names Mano; Manon; Mawe; Ngere
People ID 16121
ROP3 Code 106278
Country Guinea
Region Africa, West and Central
Continent Africa
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Location in Country Nzérékoré region: Yomou prefecture, Dieke subprefecture; Nzerekore prefecture, east of Kpelle [gkp] language area; Lola prefecture south of capital Lola town.   Source:  Ethnologue 2016
Country Guinea
Region Africa, West and Central
Continent Africa
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Location in Country Nzérékoré region: Yomou prefecture, Dieke subprefecture; Nzerekore prefecture, east of Kpelle [gkp] language area; Lola prefecture south of capital Lola town..   Source:  Ethnologue 2016
Primary Language Maan (109,000 speakers)
Language Code mev   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 1
Primary Language Maan (109,000 speakers)
Language Code mev   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Maan

Primary Language:  Maan

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1946-1987)
Bible-New Testament Yes  (1978)
Bible-Complete No
Bible-NT Audio Online
Possible Print Bibles
World Bibles
Forum Bible Agencies
National Bible Societies
World Bible Finder
Virtual Storehouse
Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (GRN)
Audio Recordings Online New Testament (FCBH)
Audio Recordings Oral Bible
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Mann
Film / Video LUMO film of Gospels
Text / Printed Matter Online Bible text (Scripture Earth)
Primary Religion: Ethnic Religions
Major Religion Percent
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.88 %)
4.00 %
Ethnic Religions
80.00 %
0.00 %
16.00 %
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
0.00 %
Christian Segments Percent
0.0 %
30.0 %
0.0 %
Other Christian
27.0 %
23.0 %
Roman Catholic
20.0 %
Photo Source Bethany World Prayer Center 
Map Source Bethany World Prayer Center  
Profile Source JoshuaProject  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more


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