The Landoma of Guinea
The Landoma region is a basin for many coastal rivers that flow into the Atlantic. Crocodiles, hippos, manatees, and poisonous snakes swim the rivers, making it difficult for inexperienced swimmers or fishermen. The area receives over 150 inches of rain each year, and the average temperature is about 82ºF. Although Guinea is rich in minerals such as bauxite, iron ore, gold, and diamonds, it remains one of the poorest countries in the world, with very little income and a soaring inflation rate.
What Are Their Lives Like
The Landoma are primarily farmers who use the "slash and burn" method of cultivation. As a result, many of the forests in the region are becoming depleted. Their major crops include rice, corn, potatoes, and nuts. Many plantations also produce fruits. Not much game is located in the area so the tribe consumes very little animal protein. Their main sources of meat are usually chickens and goats.
The Landoma take products, such as oil and coconut palms, rice, bananas, vegetables, salt, and fish, to the local markets for sell or trade. Fish has become one of the most important trade items. The markets regularly receive much fresh, dried, or smoked fish from the Landoma. A number of the villagers have also become skilled craftsmen, producing baskets, leather goods, or wood carvings to sell or trade.
The Landoma are a matriarchal (female-dominated) society. The men usually hunt and fish, while the women do the majority of the agricultural work. In most marriages, a bride-price is paid. Polygyny (having multiple wives) is commonly practiced.
Most Landoma villages are grouped together at the bases of hills, in the open plains, or on valley floors. Each village contains many families and usually has between 100 and 200 people. The largest village only has about 400 houses. The mountain Landoma live in neighborhoods of isolated homes. Their houses are generally round or rectangular, have several rooms, and are built with mud walls and cone- or pyramid-shaped, straw thatch roofs.
What Are Their Belief?
About 10% of the Landoma continue to practice their pagan religions, either solely or in conjunction with Islam. They believe that spirits hover in and around their villages doing, good or evil to those who deserve it. The deceased are said to become spirits that lurk about the Landoma, watching their activities. The villagers believe that if these spirits are not properly appeased, they cause sickness or disease.
What Are Their Needs?
Spiritually, the Landoma also have many needs. There is only one missions agency targeting this tribe and their resources are limited. Since most of the villagers cannot read, tools such as the Jesus film and Christian radio broadcasts are desperately needed to help spread the Gospel among them.Prayer Points
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