Mauritius Island, a land area of about 15-by-20 miles long and wide, lies 560 miles east of Madagascar, off east Africa. The island is home for a mixed group including indentured workers, Chinese traders, European settlers and those who descended from slaves. The language they speak is called Morisyan or Mauritian Creole. This includes the estimated 300 inhabitants of the Agalega and the 40,000 of Rodriques as well as those in the main island.
Many men in the region earn their living fishing in the surrounding coral reefs. Some men have a reputation for excellent masonry projects, while others work in textile factories, raise sugar cane, or serve in the tourism industry. Per capita it has one of Africa's highest incomes.
Afro-Creole heritage enriches the Mauritian culture with many types of unique folklore, music, and dance traditions. One of those musical forms, sega, originates from the rapid rhythms of slave songs.
The Afro-Creole descendants tend to be monolingual in the Morisyen language; Euro-Creoles often speak English and French as well. Mauritius Island currently enjoys social and political stability, but religious inequality could easily become volatile depending on changing government policies.
Just an interesting note—the dodo, a flightless bird and a national symbol, comes from Mauritius. It was unfortunately hunted into extinction in the 17th century.
Approximately 32 percent of the general population is Christian. Another 66 percent follow Hinduism or Islam.
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|People Name General||Creoles, Mauritian|
|People Name in Country||Creoles, Mauritian|
|Population in Mauritius||987,000|
|Progress Scale||4 ●|
|GSEC||5 (per PeopleGroups.org)|
|Alternate Names||Ilois, Islander, Islander Morisyen, Morisyen, क्रियोल्स, मौरीतियाँ|
|Language Code||mfe Ethnologue Listing|
|Written||Yes ScriptSource Listing|
|People Groups||Speaking Morisyen|
Primary Language: Morisyen
|Bible Translation ▲||Status (Years)|
|Bible Portions||Yes (1885-1900)|
|New Testament||Yes (2010)|
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|Resource Type ▲||Resource Name|
|Audio Recordings||Audio Bible teaching (GRN)|
|Audio Recordings||Online New Testament (FCBH)|
|Film / Video||Jesus Film: view in Morisyen|
|Film / Video||Story of Jesus for Children (JF Project)|
|Text / Printed Matter||Bible: Mauritian Kreol New Testament|
|Major Religion ▲||Percent|
|Christianity (Evangelical 9.00 %)||
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|Christian Segments ▲||Percent|