Mauritian in Mauritius

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Largest Religion
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Introduction / History

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.

What Are Their Lives Like?

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.

What Are Their Beliefs?

Approximately 32 percent of the general population is Christian. Another 66 percent follow Hinduism or Islam.

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People Name General Mauritian
People Name in Country Mauritian
Population in Mauritius 991,000
World Population 1,084,900
Total Countries 10
Indigenous Yes
Unreached No
Progress Scale 4
GSEC 5  (per
Alternate Names Ilois, Islander, Islander Morisyen, Morisyen, क्रियोल्स, मौरीतियाँ
People ID 12213
ROP3 Code 103998
Primary Language Morisyen
Language Code mfe   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 9
Secondary Languages
Bhojpuri Chinese, Mandarin French
Hindi Marathi Tamil
Telugu Urdu
People Groups Speaking Morisyen
Primary Language Morisyen
Language Code mfe   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 9
Secondary Languages
  Chinese, Mandarin
People Groups Speaking Morisyen

Primary Language:  Morisyen

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes   (1885-2016)
Bible-New Testament Yes   (2010)
Bible-Complete No
Bible-NT Audio Online
Bible-NT Text Online
Possible Print Bibles
Forum of Bible Agencies
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World Bibles
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
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religion Percent *
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 9.00 %)
35.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
45.00 %
20.00 %
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
0.00 %
Christian Segments Percent
1.0 %
3.0 %
0.0 %
Other Christian
1.0 %
29.0 %
Roman Catholic
66.0 %
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