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Tsimihety in Madagascar


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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
2,207,000 Malagasy, Tsimihety Ethnic Religions 25.00 % 1.93 % No   

Tsimihety in Madagascar

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Introduction / History
The Tsimihety live in the north and central regions of Madagascar. They migrated from the east coast of the country and came to live in Mandritsara. The meaning of their name is those who never cut their hair. They live in the mountain parts.

The Tsimihety have been anarchists. They have no tribal connections. Family, kin and ancestors are very important to them.

The Tsimihety are exogamous, meaning they prefer marriages outside of their group. They have many children. They work in agriculture. Rice is grown, and they are cattle producers. A dialect of the Malagasy language is spoken by them.

They are a large group of people and have politicians among them. There are seasonal wage laborers among them on plantations.

Prayer Points
* Pray that Madagascar evangelical Christians will lead the Tsimihety to salvation.
* Pray that God will give them dreams and visions leading them to Jesus Christ too.
* 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:Sofia and Sava regions; east into Analanjirofo region; smaller areas in Diana and Alaotra-Mangoro regions.
(Source: Ethnologue 2016)
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Linguistic Map:Ethnologue language map
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People Name in Country: Tsimihety
People Name General: Tsimihety
Alternate People Names:
Malagasy, TsimehetyMaraba
ROP3 Code: 110215
Joshua Project People ID: 15593
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 2,207,000
Population all Countries: 2,207,000
Least-Reached: No
Affinity Bloc: Malay Peoples
People Cluster: Malagasy
People Name General: Tsimihety
Ethnic Code: MSY44j
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
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Primary Language: Malagasy, Tsimihety (2,207,000 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): xmw    Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages: 1
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Ethnic Religions
Major Religions:
Buddhism0.00 % 
Christianity25.00 %(Evangelical: 1.93 %)
Ethnic Religions65.00 % 
Hinduism0.00 % 
Islam10.00 % 
Non-Religious0.00 % 
Other / Small0.00 % 
Unknown0.00 % 
Christianity Segments:
Anglican0.00 %
Independent15.00 %
Protestant35.00 %
Orthodox0.00 %
Other Christian0.00 %
Roman Catholic50.00 %
(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 2   Less than 2% Evangelical. Initial (localized) church planting within past 2 years
Bible Translation Status
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Bible Portions: 1924
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, Tsimihety
Film / VideoMy Last Day (Jesus Film Project Anime)
Text / Printed MatterOnline Bible text (Scripture Earth)
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Tsimihety in Madagascar

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  Affinity Bloc             Global  
People Cluster
    Malagasy     Africa, East and Southern    
      Tsimihety Madagascar    
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            Tsimihety in Madagascar          
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      Ethnic Religions     Malagasy, Tsimihety  
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