Antesaka in Madagascar

Joshua Project has identified the Antesaka only in Madagascar





Largest Religion

Main Language


Introduction / History

The Antesaka originally came from the islands in Indonesia. They came to the island of Madagascar in canoes and were known as "people/those canoes" or "Sea People." The group divided into the forest while others remained on the west coast of the island.

In the 17th century immigrants came from the Middle East, South Asia/Pacific, and Europe. These immigrants mixed with the original group from Indonesia by marriage. The result was the formation of several people groups. The Antaisaka, or Antesaka, originated during this time period. The dialect of Antesaka is from the Malayo-Polynesian language.

Where Are they Located?

The Antesaka are located along the remote east coast of Madagascar.

What Are Their Lives Like?

The women are in charge of harvesting the rice. The taro, banana, coconut, and sugar are also part of their agriculture. Most houses are based on a square piloti. The Antesaka enjoy music on the conch, drum, and xylophone. A popular dance is the "bird dance."

What Are Their Beliefs?

The daily lives of the Antesaka are driven by folk beliefs and taboo. For example, the men will not participate in harvesting rice with women. The Antesaka also practice ancestor worship. Burial rituals are emphasized. In the early days of island population the dead were buried at the bottom of the sea in a canoe. Today most houses have a second door on the east side of the house used only to take out the dead corpse. There are a few Antesaka churches, but most Antesaka still need to hear the Gospel message.

Prayer Points

* Pray that the Antesaka churches would grow in their knowledge of the Gospel.
* Pray that the few Antesaka Christians would have the desire, and be equipped, to share with those who have not heard.
* Pray that the Antesaka Christians would live in such a way that others would be drawn to the Truth.
* Pray that the needs of the Antesaka people would be met.


Profile Source:   Rachel Routt  

People Name General Antesaka
People Name in Country Antesaka
Population in Madagascar 1,521,000
World Population 1,521,000
Countries 1
Progress Scale 3.1
Least-Reached No
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names
Affinity Bloc Malay Peoples
People Cluster Malagasy
People Name General Antesaka
Ethnic Code MSY44j
People ID 10341
Country Madagascar
Region East and Southern Africa
Continent Africa
10/40 Window No
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Location in Country Southeast portion of island.   Source:  Field worker

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Enthologue Language Map

Languages & Dialects on file:  1  (up to 20 largest shown)
Malagasy, Tesaka (1,521,000)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Malagasy, Tesaka 1,521,000
For Primary Language: Malagasy, Tesaka

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions No
New Testament No
Complete Bible No
Resource Format
Audio Bible teaching (GRN) Audio Recordings
Jesus Film: view in Malagasy, Tesaka Film / Video
My Last Day (Jesus Film Project Anime) Film / Video
Primary Religion: Ethnic Religions

Major Religion Percent
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 2.09 %)
28.00 %
Ethnic Religions
66.00 %
0.00 %
6.00 %
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
0.00 %

Christian Segments Percent
0.0 %
5.0 %
0.0 %
Other Christian
0.0 %
45.0 %
Roman Catholic
50.0 %
Profile Source: Rachel Routt  
Data Sources: Data is compiled from various sources. Read more

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