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Antesaka in Madagascar

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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
1,755,000 Malagasy, Tesaka Ethnic Religions 28.00 % 2.32 % No   

Antesaka in Madagascar

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Introduction / History
The Antesaka originally came from the islands in Indonesia. They came to the island of Madagascar in canoes and were known as "people/those canoes" or "Sea People." The group divided into the forest while others remained on the west coast of the island.

In the 17th century immigrants came from the Middle East, South Asia/Pacific, and Europe. These immigrants mixed with the original group from Indonesia by marriage. The result was the formation of several people groups. The Antaisaka, or Antesaka, originated during this time period. The dialect of Antesaka is from the Malayo-Polynesian language.

Where are they located?
The Antesaka are located along the remote east coast of Madagascar.

What are their lives like?
The women are in charge of harvesting the rice. The taro, banana, coconut, and sugar are also part of their agriculture. Most houses are based on a square piloti. The Antesaka enjoy music on the conch, drum, and xylophone. A popular dance is the "bird dance."

What are their beliefs?
The daily lives of the Antesaka are driven by folk beliefs and taboo. For example, the men will not participate in harvesting rice with women. The Antesaka also practice ancestor worship. Burial rituals are emphasized. In the early days of island population the dead were buried at the bottom of the sea in a canoe. Today most houses have a second door on the east side of the house used only to take out the dead corpse. There are a few Antesaka churches, but most Antesaka still need to hear the Gospel message.

Prayer Points
* Pray that the Antesaka churches would grow in their knowledge of the Gospel.
* Pray that the few Antesaka Christians would have the desire, and be equipped, to share with those who have not heard.
* Pray that the Antesaka Christians would live in such a way that others would be drawn to the Truth.
* Pray that the needs of the Antesaka people would be met.
* Pray for completion of Bible translation in this people group's primary language.


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Country: Madagascar
Continent: Africa
Region: Africa, East and Southern
10/40 Window: No
Location in Country:Atsimo-Atsinanana, Ihorombe, and Anosy regions; migrating to other areas of Madagascar, particularly western deltas.
(Source: Ethnologue 2016)
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Linguistic Map:Ethnologue language map
  Peoples [3]
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People Name in Country: Antesaka
People Name General: Antesaka
ROP3 Code: 100376
Joshua Project People ID: 10341
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 1,755,000
Population all Countries: 1,755,000
Least-Reached: No
Affinity Bloc: Malay Peoples
People Cluster: Malagasy
People Name General: Antesaka
Ethnic Code: MSY44j
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
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Primary Language: Malagasy, Tesaka (1,755,000 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): tkg    Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages: 1
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Ethnic Religions
Major Religions:
Buddhism0.00 % 
Christianity28.00 %(Evangelical: 2.32 %)
Ethnic Religions66.00 % 
Hinduism0.00 % 
Islam6.00 % 
Non-Religious0.00 % 
Other / Small0.00 % 
Unknown0.00 % 
Christianity Segments:
Anglican0.00 %
Independent5.00 %
Protestant45.00 %
Orthodox0.00 %
Other Christian0.00 %
Roman Catholic50.00 %
(Evangelicals distributed across Christianity segments)
Progress Indicators [5]
Progress Scale[6]   Evangelicals have a modest presence.
Least-Reached: No
GSEC Status:Level 1   Less than 2% Evangelical. Some evangelical resources available, but no active church planting within past 2 years
Bible Translation Status
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Bible Portions: 2014
New Testament: None Reported
Complete Bible: None Reported
Possible Bible Sources: Forum of Bible Agencies
 World Bible Finder
 World Christian Resource Directory
 Gospel Go
Ministry Resources [7]
Audio RecordingsMegaVoice Audio Bible and Stories
Audio RecordingsAudio Bible teaching (GRN)
Film / VideoJesus Film: view in Malagasy, Tesaka
Film / VideoMy Last Day (Jesus Film Project Anime)
Text / Printed MatterOnline Bible text (Scripture Earth)
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Antesaka in Madagascar

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People Cluster
    Malagasy     Africa, East and Southern    
      Antesaka Madagascar    
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            Antesaka in Madagascar          
      Religion Language  
      Ethnic Religions     Malagasy, Tesaka  
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