Mossi in Benin


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Introduction / History

The Mossi people constitute the largest single people group in Burkina Faso, 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.

The Mossi people are most numerous in West African countries, especially Burkina Faso. They also live in Cote d’Ivoire, Ghana, Mali, Niger, Senegal and Togo. A smaller number have migrated to Western Europe or North America.


What Are Their Lives Like?

Wrestling, going to the market, and visiting neighbors are other common recreations for the Mossi people in West Africa. They 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. A King still rules and influences the Mossi 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 there is a great need for an extensive literacy effort.


What Are Their Beliefs?

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. Therefore, they continue to waver between faith in Christ and faith in the spirit world.


What Are Their Needs?

More literacy work, evangelistic films, and unity among different Christian groups may help spread the good news among the Mossi people. They need to take their spiritual lives seriously enough to put Jesus Christ first in their lives.


Prayer Points

Pray for biblical materials to make their way into every Mossi household.

Pray for a spiritual hunger that will drive them to the foot of the cross.

Pray for Mossi disciples who will make more disciples.


Scripture Prayers for the Mossi in Benin.


Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

People Name General Mossi
People Name in Country Mossi
Alternate Names Mòga; Moose; Moshi
Population this Country 45,000
Population all Countries 13,749,000
Total Countries 13
Indigenous No
Progress Scale 4
Unreached No
Frontier People Group No
GSEC 1  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Pioneer Workers Needed
People ID 13802
ROP3 Code 106781
ROP25 Code 305628
ROP25 Name Mossi
Country Benin
Region Africa, West and Central
Continent Africa
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Country Benin
Region Africa, West and Central
Continent Africa
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank Not ranked

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Primary Religion: Islam
Major Religion Percent
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 9.00 %)
35.00 %
Ethnic Religions
25.00 %
Hinduism
0.00 %
Islam
40.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
Primary Language Moore (45,000 speakers)
Language Code mos   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 1
Primary Language Moore (45,000 speakers)
Language Code mos   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Moore

Primary Language:  Moore

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1930-1960)
Bible-New Testament Yes  (1939-1960)
Bible-Complete Yes  (1983-2014)
FCBH NT (www.bible.is) Online
YouVersion NT (www.bible.com) Online
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
Audio Recordings Oral Bible stories Story Runners
Film / Video God's Story video God's Story
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Moore Jesus Film Project
Film / Video LUMO film of Gospels Bible Media Group/LUMO
Film / Video Magdalena video Jesus Film Project
Film / Video Walking with Jesus video Jesus Film Project
Film / Video World Christian Videos World Christian Videos
General Bible for Children Bible for Children
General Faith Comes By Hearing - Bible in text or audio or video Faith Comes by Hearing
General Faith Comes By Hearing - Bible in text or audio or video Faith Comes by Hearing
General Gospel resources links Scripture Earth
General YouVersion Bible versions in text and/or audio YouVersion Bibles
Mobile App Android Bible app: Moore YouVersion Bibles
Mobile App Download audio Bible app as APK file Faith Comes by Hearing
Mobile App Download audio Bible app as APK file Faith Comes by Hearing
Mobile App Download audio Bible app as APK file Faith Comes by Hearing
Mobile App Download audio Bible app from Google Play Store Faith Comes by Hearing
Mobile App Download audio Bible app from Google Play Store Faith Comes by Hearing
Mobile App iOS Bible app: Moore YouVersion Bibles
Text / Printed Matter Literacy primer for Moore Literacy & Evangelism International
Photo Source Anthony Labouriaux - Wikimedia  Creative Commons 
Profile Source Joshua Project 
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