Bushi in Madagascar

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Introduction / History

The Bushi people originated in Madagascar, though most have migrated to the Comoro Island of Mayotte. Today there are only a couple hundred of them in their original homeland.

Where Are they Located?

Almost all Bushi people live either in the Comoro Islands or in Madagascar.

What Are Their Lives Like?

Like many societies today the Bushi people have tension between the older and younger generations.

The younger generations who have been educated in the French secular system, now question some of their groups traditions and seek things of the West, such as material wealth, less strict moral code, and a different manner of dress.
What Are Their Beliefs?

The older members of society are devoted to traditional Islamic practices, including five daily prayer times, fasting, and regularly attending the mosque. Younger members are less concerned about these things; instead they are in pursuit of material possessions and seeking a prosperous Western lifestyle. There is still some sense of community in the smaller villages, but even this is changing.

In all age groups, there is a strong devotion to a mix of Islamic beliefs and spirits, known as jinns, which they turn to for their daily needs. These spirits keep the Bushi people in fear, and they try hard not to displease these spirits.

What Are Their Needs?

The Bushi people need spiritual hunger that will drive them into the arms of God the Father. They also need deliverance from fear of the spirit world.

Prayer Points

Pray that believers in Jesus will be burdened to bring the gospel to the Bushi people.
Pray that both the older and younger generations will see their need for Jesus.
Pray for there to soon be a Disciple-Making movement among Bushi people in Madagascar.
Pray for people's minds to be set free from the powers of darkness.

Scripture Prayers for the Bushi in Madagascar.



Profile Source:   Keith Carey  

People Name General Bushi
People Name in Country Bushi
Pronunciation boo-SHEE
Alternate Names Sakalava
Population this Country 3,300
Population all Countries 90,000
Total Countries 2
Indigenous No
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group No
GSEC 4  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
People ID 19225
ROP3 Code 114969
ROP25 Code 301519
ROP25 Name Bushi (Sakalava)
Country Madagascar
Region Africa, East and Southern
Continent Africa
10/40 Window No
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Country Madagascar
Region Africa, East and Southern
Continent Africa
10/40 Window No
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank Not ranked

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Primary Religion: Islam
Major Religion Percent
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 1.00 %)
4.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
0.00 %
96.00 %
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
0.00 %
Primary Language Bushi (3,300 speakers)
Language Code buc   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Unknown
Total Languages 1
Primary Language Bushi (3,300 speakers)
Language Code buc   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Bushi

Primary Language:  Bushi

Bible Translation Status:  Translation Needed

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