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Bezanozano in Madagascar

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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
230,000 Malagasy, Plateau Ethnic Religions 30.00 % 15.00 %   

Bezanozano in Madagascar

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Introduction / History
The Bezanozano are a people group of Madagascar, inhabiting a strip of forest land located between the eastern part of the Merina kingdom and coastal region occupied by Southern Betsimisarakas, along the Mangoro heights.

Bezanozano traditions have preserved the memory of a king named Andriamalazabe who reigned in the second half of the Seventeenth century and who was the successor to Ranantoana. Since the end of the Eighteenth century, the Bezanozano kingdom had been forced to recognize the Merino king's suzerainty Andrianampoinimerina. This dependence did not cease until the end of the Merino monarchy. The number of Bezanozano is approximated at 150,000 people.

Where are they located?
The main location of the Bezanozano is the city of Moramanga, although the majority of current residents are from other regions of the island, especially Imerina.

What are their lives like?
The Bezanozano language seems be intermediate between that of the Merino and dialects of the Betsimisaraka neighborhood. It is however practiced less and less, at least where the Merino language is used.


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Country: Madagascar
Continent: Africa
Region: Africa, East and Southern
10/40 Window: No
Location in Country:Central area.
(Source: Ethnologue 2016)
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Linguistic Map:Ethnologue language map
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People Name in Country: Bezanozano
People Name General: Bezanozano
Alternate People Names:
ROP3 Code: 101305
Joshua Project People ID: 10822
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 230,000
Population all Countries: 230,000
Least-Reached: No
Affinity Bloc: Malay Peoples
People Cluster: Malagasy
People Name General: Bezanozano
Ethnic Code: MSY44j
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
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Primary Language: Malagasy, Plateau (230,000 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): plt    Ethnologue Listing
Primary Dialect:Bezanozano
Dialect Code:13393
Total Languages: 1
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Ethnic Religions
Major Religions:
Buddhism0.00 % 
Christianity30.00 %(Evangelical: 15.00 %)
Ethnic Religions70.00 % 
Hinduism0.00 % 
Islam0.00 % 
Non-Religious0.00 % 
Other / Small0.00 % 
Unknown0.00 % 
Christianity Segments:
Anglican0.00 %
Independent20.00 %
Protestant30.00 %
Orthodox0.00 %
Other Christian0.00 %
Roman Catholic50.00 %
(Evangelicals distributed across Christianity segments)
Progress Indicators [5]
Progress Scale[6]   Evangelicals have a significant presence.
Least-Reached: No
GSEC Status:Level 5   Greater than or equal to 5% Evangelical
Bible Translation Status
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Bible Portions: 1828-1987
New Testament:
Complete Bible: 1835-2011
Possible Bible Sources: Forum of Bible Agencies
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Ministry Resources [7]
Audio RecordingsMegaVoice Audio Bible and Stories
Audio RecordingsAudio Bible teaching (GRN)
Audio RecordingsOnline New Testament - Interconfessional ...
Audio RecordingsOnline New Testament - Protestant (FCBH)
Audio RecordingsOnline New Testament - Roman Catholic (F ...
Audio RecordingsStory of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project ...
Film / VideoFather's Love Letter
Film / VideoGod's Story Video
Film / VideoJesus Film: view in Malagasy, Plateau
Film / VideoMagdalena (Jesus Film Project)
Film / VideoMy Last Day (Jesus Film Project Anime)
Film / VideoStory of Jesus for Children (JF Project)
Film / VideoWalk with Jesus (Africa, JF Project)
GeneralFour Spiritual Laws
GeneralGot Questions Ministry
Text / Printed MatterBible: Bible Interconfessionelle
Text / Printed MatterBible: Interconfessional Bible
Text / Printed MatterBible: Malagasy Bible
Text / Printed MatterBible: Malagasy Bible Revision Version
Text / Printed MatterBible: Malagasy Catholic Bible
Text / Printed MatterOnline Bible text (Scripture Earth)
Text / Printed MatterWorld Missionary Press Booklets
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Bezanozano in Madagascar

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People Cluster
    Malagasy     Africa, East and Southern    
      Bezanozano Madagascar    
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            Bezanozano in Madagascar          
      Religion Language  
      Ethnic Religions     Malagasy, Plateau  
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