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|People Name:||Berber, Imazighen|
|Primary Language:||Tamazight, Central Atlas|
|Christian Adherents:||0.30 %|
|Online Audio NT:||No|
|Affinity Bloc:||Arab World|
Berbers are divided by subgroup, yet the generic term that they prefer is Imazighen, meaning, "Free men." Freedom and independence is a high goal of these people, who are much better known as Berbers, a term meaning "barbarians" slapped on them by the Roman Empire. Today the term Berber is so well-engrained that people seldom know who they are without using this derogatory term. The Imazighen Berbers live primarily in the beautiful, wooded High Atlas and Middle Atlas Mountains of Central Morocco. However, a large number of them also live on the slopes of the Atlas Mountains in eastern Algeria, near Morocco's border. Their Diaspora is mainly in France and other European countries, but a small number have made their way to the United States and Canada.
Weddings are lengthy celebrations. The father is the head of the family, and they trace their ancestry through the males. The family structure is of an authoritarian democracy. While the father controls all household matters, he must get the consensus of the rest of the family as well. They consider banishment from the family to be the ultimate punishment. The family structure is being challenged in urban Canada.
Although the Imazighen are almost completely Muslim, they still retain many of their traditional beliefs, such as saint worship. They usually celebrate the Muslim holidays, visiting friends and neighbors during festive times. They celebrate these events with other Muslim communities throughout Canada.
Imazighen Berbers need the chance to put their identity in Jesus Christ and enjoy his blessings in this life and in the life to come. Someone needs to go to them with the life-changing gospel.
Pray for a spiritual hunger among Imazighen Berbers that will lead them to the cross and the empty grave. Pray for Imazighen Berbers in Canada to put their faith and hope in Christ, paving the way for a disciple making movement. Pray for loving workers to go to Imazighen leaders and find persons of peace who will welcome them into their communities with the gospel.