Mahafaly in Madagascar

The Mahafaly have only been reported in Madagascar
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Introduction / History

The Mahafaly people arrived in southern Madagascar from southeastern Africa in the 1100s. They built massive tombs called volamena to honor their dead kings and chiefs.


What Are Their Lives Like?

Mahafaly are usually cattle herders and farmers. The youngest son is usually put in charge of tending cattle.
Their society is patriarchal meaning that the line of descent comes from the father’s side. If there is a divorce the husband retains control of the children. A husband can have more than one wife. Male family members must live close to one another.


What Are Their Beliefs?

The Mahafaly people are mainly involved with their traditional ethnic religious practices, but there is also a Christian presence among them. There are stories from the Bible being translated into their Tandroy-Mahafaly Malagasy language. Some are being played over the radio. They can listen to these as a group.


What Are Their Needs?

The Mahafaly people are in bondage to witchcraft. They need to put their faith in Jesus Christ alone.


Prayer Points

Pray for Christian radio broadcasts to help the Mahafaly people to understand the gospel message and how to live a Christian life.
Pray for Mahafaly disciplers to disciple others who will disciple others as well.
Pray for them to put Jesus Christ first in their spiritual practices.


Scripture Prayers for the Mahafaly in Madagascar.


References

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mahafaly
https://prayafrica.org/project/mahafaly-of-madagascar/


Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

People Name General Mahafaly
People Name in Country Mahafaly
Alternate Names
Population this Country 447,000
Population all Countries 447,000
Total Countries 1
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 2
Unreached No
Frontier People Group No
GSEC 4  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Pioneer Workers Needed
People ID 13215
ROP3 Code 106024
ROP25 Code 304928
ROP25 Name Mahafaly
Country Madagascar
Region Africa, East and Southern
Continent Africa
10/40 Window No
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Location in Country Androy, Atsimo-Andrefana, and Anosy regions: Beloha, Tsihombe, Ambovombe, and Bekily districts.   Source:  Ethnologue 2016
Country Madagascar
Region Africa, East and Southern
Continent Africa
10/40 Window No
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Location in Country Androy, Atsimo-Andrefana, and Anosy regions: Beloha, Tsihombe, Ambovombe, and Bekily districts..   Source:  Ethnologue 2016

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Primary Religion: Ethnic Religions
Major Religion Percent
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 1.09 %)
25.00 %
Ethnic Religions
75.00 %
Hinduism
0.00 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
Primary Language Malagasy, Tandroy-Mahafaly (447,000 speakers)
Language Code tdx   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 1
Primary Language Malagasy, Tandroy-Mahafaly (447,000 speakers)
Language Code tdx   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Malagasy, Tandroy-Mahafaly

Primary Language:  Malagasy, Tandroy-Mahafaly

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (2012-2014)
Bible-New Testament No
Bible-Complete No
Possible Print Bibles
Amazon
World Bibles
Forum Bible Agencies
National Bible Societies
World Bible Finder
Virtual Storehouse
Resource Type Resource Name Source
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching Global Recordings Network
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Malagasy, Tandroy-Mahafaly Jesus Film Project
Film / Video My Last Day video, anime Jesus Film Project
Film / Video World Christian Videos World Christian Videos
General Scripture Earth Gospel resources links Scripture Earth
Photo Source Bob Allen 
Profile Source Joshua Project 
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