Mossi, Moore in Burkina Faso





Largest Religion

Main Language


Introduction / History

The Mossi people constitute the largest single people group in Burkina Faso, with over seven million people occupying a large area in the center of the country. The historic Mossi Kingdom ruled the land until French colonial powers arrived in the nineteenth century. A King still rules and influences the people today, although he has lost all legitimate political power.

The Mossis speak Moore, and are very proud of their mother tongue. Publications in the vernacular include the entire Bible, song books, pamphlets on health care and culture, and University linguistic reports. There are many primary schools, and some can read in French or Moore, but an extensive literacy effort is still needed. The Mossi celebrate many traditional festivals that include dancing, drinking, and singing. Funerals, marriages, and circumcisions are important ceremonies, as are mask festivals, a harvest "Feast of the Chief," and an Enthronement ceremony to crown a new Chief or King.

Wrestling, going to the market, and visiting neighbors are other common recreations. Despite numerous churches and their own Bible translation, the Mossi remain largely animistic. Those who live in villages are reluctant to change, and cling tightly to spirit worship and the use of sacrifices. More literacy work, evangelistic films, and unity among different Christian groups may help spread the Good News among the Mossi people.

Profile Source:   Anonymous  

People Name General Mossi, Moore
People Name in Country Mossi, Moore
Population in Burkina Faso 7,975,000
World Population 10,029,000
Countries 12
Progress Scale 3.2
Least-Reached No
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Moose, Moshi
Affinity Bloc Sub-Saharan Peoples
People Cluster Gur
People Name General Mossi, Moore
Ethnic Code NAB56a
People ID 13802
Country Burkina Faso
Region West and Central Africa
Continent Africa
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Location in Country Central Ouagadougou area; widespread.   Source:  Ethnologue 2010
Languages & Dialects on file:  1  (up to 20 largest shown)
Moore (7,975,000)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Moore 7,975,000
For Primary Language: Moore

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions Yes   (1930-1960)
New Testament Yes   (1939-1960)
Complete Bible Yes   (1983)
Audio Bible Online
Resource Format
Audio Bible teaching (GRN) Audio Recordings
Bible-in-Your-Language Text / Printed Matter
Gods Simple Plan General
Jesus Film: view in Moore Film / Video
Online New Testament (FCBH) Audio Recordings
Primary Religion: Islam

Major Religion Percent
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 15.50 %)
31.50 %
Ethnic Religions
12.00 %
0.00 %
55.00 %
1.40 %
Other / Small
0.06 %
0.00 %

Christian Segments Percent
0.0 %
0.8 %
0.0 %
Other Christian
0.1 %
43.6 %
Roman Catholic
55.5 %
Photo Source: Link Up Africa  
Map Source: Burkina Faso Government  
Profile Source: Anonymous  
Data Sources: Data is compiled from various sources. Read more

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