Pub. date: 2009 | Online Pub. Date: January 26, 2009 | DOI: 10.4135/9781412964623 | Print ISBN: 9781412936361 | Online ISBN: 9781412964623| Publisher:SAGE Publications, Inc.About this encyclopedia
Daniel Tetteb Osabu-Kle
The Baya or Gbaya people live principally in the Central African Republic (CAR) of Africa. Situated about 500 miles north of the equator, the CAR is a land-locked nation bordered by Cameroon, Chad, the Sudan, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and the Republic of Congo. Population migration resulting from slave raids in the 18th and 19th centuries brought migrants into the area of the CAR. The CAR has more than 80 ethnic groups, of which the major ethnic groups are the Baya who account for 34% of the population, the Banda who account for 25%, the Sara for 7%, the Nabandi for 11%, the Azande for 10%, and ...