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Sakalava in Madagascar


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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
1,899,000 Malagasy, Sakalava Ethnic Religions 35.00 % 1.81 % No   

Sakalava in Madagascar

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Introduction / History
The Sakalava are partly nomads who live on the west coast of Madagascar and grow rice. They have a history of having skills at sea.

The Sakalava in the north are different to the ones in the south. They respect their living and dead royalty. They work in fishing and agriculture.

The Sakalava believe in a distant God who creates and was the first ancestor and can be contacted by mediums. Pleasing their ancestors is the most important thing to them. They have traditional religions. The Catholics have made some impact and so has Islam. Evangelicals have not had much success

Prayer Points
* Pray that the Sakalava will realize that the way to salvation is through Jesus Christ only and not through ancestors at all.
* Pray for completion of Bible translation in this people group's primary language.


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Global Prayer Digest: 2018-01-03
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Country: Madagascar
Continent: Africa
Region: Africa, East and Southern
10/40 Window: No
Location in Country:Diana, Sofia, Boeny, Betsiboka, Melaky, Menabe and (coastline only) Atsimo-Andrefana regions; western Bongolava, Vakinankaratra, and Amoron’i Mania regions.
(Source: Ethnologue 2016)
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People Name in Country: Sakalava
People Name General: Sakalava
ROP3 Code: 108531
Joshua Project People ID: 20047
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 1,899,000
Population all Countries: 1,899,000
Least-Reached: No
Affinity Bloc: Malay Peoples
People Cluster: Malagasy
People Name General: Sakalava
Ethnic Code: MSY44j
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
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Primary Language: Malagasy, Sakalava (1,899,000 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): skg    Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages: 1
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Ethnic Religions
Major Religions:
Buddhism0.00 % 
Christianity35.00 %(Evangelical: 1.81 %)
Ethnic Religions60.00 % 
Hinduism0.00 % 
Islam5.00 % 
Non-Religious0.00 % 
Other / Small0.00 % 
Unknown0.00 % 
Christianity Segments:
Anglican0.00 %
Independent15.00 %
Protestant40.00 %
Orthodox0.00 %
Other Christian0.00 %
Roman Catholic45.00 %
(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: 2006
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 / VideoGod's Story Video
Film / VideoJesus Film: view in Malagasy, Sakalava
Film / VideoMy Last Day (Jesus Film Project Anime)
Text / Printed MatterOnline Bible text (Scripture Earth)
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Sakalava in Madagascar

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