Bara in Madagascar





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Introduction / History

Spread across a vast area of the central-South of Madagascar, with tentacles into the West and East, is Ibara, home to the approximately 520,000 Bara, a pastoral people who have remained faithful to the ways of their ancestors. Known for their traditional sport of cattle rustling, the prerequisite for entering into manhood, they now fall victim to an unfortunate prejudice, being associated with cattle thieves in the context of the present social and economic problem of armed gangsters and large-scale cattle theft. The Bara have long been a feared and misunderstood race. They are brave and hardworking from an early age, regard virility and intelligence highly, and are usually of a tall and slender build.

Bara society, previously impermeable to new ideas, is being increasingly forced to consider foreign concepts like schools and alternatives to cattle herding because of insecurity. There is the constant threat of losing their herds to organized theft which in some cases forces them to abandon their villages and find a different way of life.

The cohesiveness of Bara society persists in the face of their differences. They do not all speak the same way. They have varying taboos and customs. There has never been one united Bara kingdom. Despite however being spread over the large area where they are found, they all have a strong common identity of being "Bara".

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People Name General Bara
People Name in Country Bara
Population in Madagascar 817,000
World Population 829,000
Countries 2
Progress Scale 2.2
Least-Reached No
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names
Affinity Bloc Malay Peoples
People Cluster Malagasy
People Name General Bara
Ethnic Code MSY44j
People ID 10672
Country Madagascar
Region East and Southern Africa
Continent Africa
10/40 Window No
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Location in Country South central, Ibara, south of Betsileo, west of Tesaka, east of Masikoro, Anosy area and north, Mahafaly.   Source:  Ethnologue 2010
Languages & Dialects on file:  1  (up to 20 largest shown)
Malagasy, Bara (817,000)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Malagasy, Bara 817,000
For Primary Language: Malagasy, Bara

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions Yes   (2011)
New Testament No
Complete Bible No
Resource Format
Bible-in-Your-Language Text / Printed Matter
Four Spiritual Laws General
Jesus Film: view in Malagasy, Bara Film / Video
My Last Day (Jesus Film Project Anime) Film / Video
Primary Religion: Christianity
Religion Subdivision: Roman Catholic

Major Religion Percent
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 1.85 %)
55.00 %
Ethnic Religions
38.00 %
0.00 %
7.00 %
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
0.00 %

Christian Segments Percent
0.0 %
10.0 %
0.0 %
Other Christian
0.0 %
25.0 %
Roman Catholic
65.0 %
Photo Source: Chad Banks  
Map Source: Anonymous  
Profile Source: Anonymous  
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