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Masikoro in Madagascar


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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
695,000 Malagasy, Masikoro Ethnic Religions 40.00 % 0.48 % No   

Masikoro in Madagascar

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Introduction / History
The name Masikoro was first used to indicate all the different clans subdued by a prominent dynasty, the Andrevola, during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, just south of the Onilahy river to the Fiherenana river. The name later became restricted to those living between the Onilahy and Mangoky rivers.

Some use the name Masikoro to distinguish the people of the interior from the Vezo on the coast, but the Masikoro themselves, when prompted, strongly distance themselves from the Vezo in terms of custom, language and behavior. Closer to the Masikoro than the Vezo are the Tañalaña (south) and the Bara (towards the north and east). In literature the Masikoro are often counted among the southern Sakalava with whom many similarities can be drawn.

Masikoro land is a region of difficult access, often experiencing drought. The people are agro-pastoral. A diversity of agricultural activities are practiced (rice, beans, cotton, maize, manioc) and cattle raising is very important (more than two heads of cattle per inhabitant). Recently rampant cattle-rustling is causing many Masikoro to reduce their cattle herds. They are hard-working and these days have very little leisure time.

The Masikoro are a proud people, characteristically rural. Ancestral traditions are held high among them as is correct language use for specific situations, which automatically grades the speaker as one who shows respect or who does not. It is a dishonor for them to be dirty and they can be recognized by the way they dress. The influence of the big towns is resented for its corruption and schooling is not consistently a priority to them. They don't like to see their children go far away. Their strongest bond is with their tradition and although they easily show interest in the Christian faith, even professing it, only a few Masikoro are truly committed to the faith.

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Country: Madagascar
Continent: Africa
Region: Africa, East and Southern
10/40 Window: No
Location in Country:Atsimo-Andrefana region: Moromba south to Tollara; coastal Menabe region: near Mangoky river; inland near Mozambique Channel.
(Source: Ethnologue 2016)
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Linguistic Map:Ethnologue language map
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People Name in Country: Masikoro
People Name General: Masikoro
ROP3 Code: 106383
Joshua Project People ID: 13571
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 695,000
Population all Countries: 695,000
Least-Reached: No
Affinity Bloc: Malay Peoples
People Cluster: Malagasy
People Name General: Masikoro
Ethnic Code: MSY44j
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
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Primary Language: Malagasy, Masikoro (695,000 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): msh    Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages: 1
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Ethnic Religions
Major Religions:
Buddhism0.00 % 
Christianity40.00 %(Evangelical: 0.48 %)
Ethnic Religions55.00 % 
Hinduism0.00 % 
Islam5.00 % 
Non-Religious0.00 % 
Other / Small0.00 % 
Unknown0.00 % 
Christianity Segments:
Anglican0.00 %
Independent10.00 %
Protestant35.00 %
Orthodox0.00 %
Other Christian0.00 %
Roman Catholic55.00 %
(Evangelicals distributed across Christianity segments)
Progress Indicators [5]
Progress Scale[6]   Evangelicals have only a very small representation among all who claim to be Christians.
Least-Reached: No
GSEC Status:Level 3   Less than 2% Evangelical. Widespread church planting within past 2 years
Bible Translation Status
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Bible Portions: 2008-2015
New Testament: None Reported
Complete Bible: None Reported
Possible Bible Sources: Forum of Bible Agencies
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 World Christian Resource Directory
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Ministry Resources [7]
Audio RecordingsMegaVoice Audio Bible and Stories
Film / VideoJesus Film: view in Malagasy, Masikoro
Film / VideoMy Last Day (Jesus Film Project Anime)
Text / Printed MatterOnline Bible text (Scripture Earth)
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Masikoro in Madagascar

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People Cluster
    Malagasy     Africa, East and Southern    
      Masikoro Madagascar    
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            Masikoro in Madagascar          
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      Ethnic Religions     Malagasy, Masikoro  
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