Antankarana in Madagascar

Joshua Project has identified the Antankarana only in Madagascar
Population
179,000
Christian
Evangelical
Largest Religion
Main Language
Progress
Progress Gauge

Introduction / History

The Tankarana (literally 'people of the rocks') occupy the far northern part of Madagascar where they are geographically cut off from the southern regions of Madagascar by the Tsaratanana mountain range.

In spite of their geographic isolation, the Antakarana were conquered during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries by the Sakalava, the Merina and the French. Some believe that the Antakarana language and ethnography would reflect the strong Sakalava influence in the area, but the Tankarana historically had closer bonds to the Betsimisaraka of the north. They are mostly fishermen, although those in the interior raise cattle.

At the center of their group identity is the story of their survival in the nineteenth century when they were being exploited and pursued by the Merina. On one occasion, they have safely hidden in caves for more than a year before they were discovered. King Tsimiaro I made a prayer, vowing that if his people survived the Merina onslaught, the Tankarana would embrace Islam. This vow was honored and today the Muslim religion is evident there, strongly intermingling with traditional Malagasy customs. This syncretistic and mostly nominal practice of Islam has inspired concentrated effort on the part of zealous Muslims to teach and give the prescribed doctrinal content.


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People Name General Antankarana
People Name in Country Antankarana
Population in Madagascar 179,000
World Population 179,000
Total Countries 1
Indigenous Yes
Least-Reached No
Progress Scale 3
GSEC 1  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Alternate Names Malagasy
People ID 10342
Country Madagascar
Region East and Southern Africa
Continent Africa
10/40 Window No
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Location in Country Diana and Sava regions; a small area in Sofia region.   Source:  Ethnologue 2016
Country Madagascar
Region East and Southern Africa
Continent Africa
10/40 Window No
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Location in Country Diana and Sava regions; a small area in Sofia region..   Source:  Ethnologue 2016
Primary Language: Malagasy, Antankarana (179,000 speakers)   People group listing
Language Code: xmv   Ethnologue Listing
Written: Unknown
Total Languages: 1
Primary Language: Malagasy, Antankarana (179,000 speakers)   People group listing
Language Code: xmv   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages: 1
Primary Language: Malagasy, Antankarana

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions No
New Testament No
Complete Bible No
Resource Type Resource Name
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Malagasy, Antankarana
General Four Spiritual Laws
Text / Printed Matter Bible-in-Your-Language
Primary Religion: Ethnic Religions

Major Religion Percent
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.74 %)
15.00 %
Ethnic Religions
79.00 %
Hinduism
0.00 %
Islam
6.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
Christian Segments Percent
Anglican
0.0 %
Independent
5.0 %
Orthodox
0.0 %
Other Christian
0.0 %
Protestant
35.0 %
Roman Catholic
60.0 %
Map Source: Anonymous  
Profile Source: Anonymous  
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