Betsinga, Sanaga in Cameroon

Betsinga, Sanaga
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People Name: Betsinga, Sanaga
Country: Cameroon
10/40 Window: No
Population: 77,000
World Population: 77,000
Primary Language: Tuki
Primary Religion: Christianity
Christian Adherents: 75.00 %
Evangelicals: 7.00 %
Scripture: Portions
Online Audio NT: No
Jesus Film: No
Audio Recordings: Yes
People Cluster: Benue
Affinity Bloc: Sub-Saharan Peoples
Progress Level:

Introduction / History

The Tuki people call themselves Baki, meaning "noblemen" and they are very proud of their language and culture. They do not eat wild animals because they believe it can reduce a human's pride.

Despite the abundance of natural resources and cash crops they continue to live in poverty, spending more than half of their income on traditional healers. Many church attendees, but few true believers.

What Are Their Beliefs?

The Tuki people need to hear God speak in their heart language and convince them that He is the only true God. As it is, most of the people look to deceased ancestors for assistance in their daily lives. They routinely offer animals, salt and oil as sacrifices. If they fail to do this, they risk bringing a curse on their land. The Tuki believe the powers of the spirit world are far more dependable than God. Most Tuki practice African Traditional Religion and perform many different initiation rites to protect themselves and feel they are part of the "land."

Christianity was introduced to the Tuki people early in the 20th century. Although many Tuki go to church, only a very small percentage are true believers in Jesus. Those Tuki who are committed Christians live changed lives. They no longer offer sacrifices to appease spirits or seek protection. Instead, they live in hope of eternal life.

Text Source:   Anonymous