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Mossi in Burkina Faso


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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
9,310,000 Moore Islam 31.50 % 17.74 %   

Mossi in Burkina Faso

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Introduction / History
The Mossi people constitute the largest single people group in Burkina Faso, occupying a large area in the center of the country. The historic Mossi Kingdom ruled the land until French colonial powers arrived in the nineteenth century. A King still rules and influences the people today, although he has lost all legitimate political power.

The Mossis speak Moore, and are very proud of their mother tongue. Publications in the vernacular include the entire Bible, song books, pamphlets on health care and culture, and University linguistic reports. There are many primary schools, and some can read in French or Moore, but an extensive literacy effort is still needed. The Mossi celebrate many traditional festivals that include dancing, drinking, and singing. Funerals, marriages, and circumcisions are important ceremonies, as are mask festivals, a harvest "Feast of the Chief," and an Enthronement ceremony to crown a new Chief or King.

Wrestling, going to the market, and visiting neighbors are other common recreations. Despite numerous churches and their own Bible translation, the Mossi remain largely animistic. Those who live in villages are reluctant to change, and cling tightly to spirit worship and the use of sacrifices. More literacy work, evangelistic films, and unity among different Christian groups may help spread the Good News among the Mossi people.

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Country: Burkina Faso
Continent: Africa
Region: Africa, West and Central
10/40 Window: Yes
Total Provinces on file:17
Location in Country:Widespread. Central Ouagadougou area.
(Source: Ethnologue 2016)
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Linguistic Map:Ethnologue language map
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People Name in Country: Mossi
People Name General: Mossi
Alternate People Names:
ROP3 Code: 106781
Joshua Project People ID: 13802
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 9,310,000
Population all Countries: 11,717,000
Least-Reached: No
Affinity Bloc: Sub-Saharan Peoples
People Cluster: Gur
People Name General: Mossi
Ethnic Code: NAB56a
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
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Primary Language: Moore (9,310,000 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): mos    Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages: 1
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Islam
Major Religions:
Buddhism0.00 % 
Christianity31.50 %(Evangelical: 17.74 %)
Ethnic Religions12.00 % 
Hinduism0.00 % 
Islam55.00 % 
Non-Religious1.40 % 
Other / Small0.06 % 
Unknown0.00 % 
Christianity Segments:
Anglican0.00 %
Independent0.80 %
Protestant43.60 %
Orthodox0.00 %
Other Christian0.10 %
Roman Catholic55.50 %
(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: 1930-1960
New Testament:
Complete Bible: 1983
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
Audio RecordingsAudio Bible teaching (GRN)
Audio RecordingsOnline New Testament (FCBH)
Audio RecordingsStoryRunners Oral Bible Stories
Film / VideoJesus Film: view in Moore
Film / VideoMagdalena (Jesus Film Project)
Film / VideoWalk with Jesus (Africa, JF Project)
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Text / Printed MatterBible: Mossi
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Mossi in Burkina Faso

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People Cluster
    Gur     Africa, West and Central    
      Mossi Burkina Faso    
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            Mossi in Burkina Faso          
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      Islam     Moore  
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