Bara in Reunion

Population

12,000

Christian

45%

Evangelical

5%

Largest Religion

Main Language

Progress


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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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Country Reunion
Continent Africa
Region East and Southern Africa
10/40 Window No
Location in Country

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People Name General Bara
People Name in Country Bara
ROP3 Code 101030
Joshua Project People ID 10672
Indigenous Yes
Population in Reunion 12,000
Least-Reached No
Alternate Names for People Group
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Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Malagasy, Bara 11,987
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Affinity Bloc Malay Peoples
People Cluster Malagasy
People Name General Bara
Ethnic Code MSY44j
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Largest Religion Ethnic Religions
Buddhism
0.00%
Christianity
45%    ( Evangelical  5% )
Ethnic Religions
55.00%
Hinduism
0.00%
Islam
0.00%
Non-Religious
0.00%
Other / Small
0.00%
Unknown
0.00%
Christian Segments
Anglican
0.00%
Independent
0.00%
Protestant
25.00%
Orthodox
0.00%
Other Christian
0.00%
Roman Catholic
75.00%
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