North Betsimisaraka in Madagascar

The North Betsimisaraka have only been reported in Madagascar
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Introduction / History

At one time the Betsimisaraka had three subgroups that fought among themselves. The European powers arrived in the 1700s-1800s to sell them arms in exchange for slaves. There were unions between the Europeans and the North Betsimisaraka resulting in mulatto children.

Today the Betsimisaraka are divided into two subgroups, one of which is the North Betsimisaraka. This division is along linguistic lines. They live along the east coast of Madagascar.


What Are Their Lives Like?

The North Betsimisaraka use women as porters. Women carry loads either on their heads or on their backs. The man is the head of the house, but the wife has absolute say when it comes to issues of the home. She is allowed to inherit property.

They practice slash and burn agriculture, so they must burn trees to make room for new fields. Their main crops are rice and vanilla, but they also grow sugar cane, coffee, avocados, pineapples and bananas. They usually don’t keep livestock, so their meat sources come from fishing and hunting wild game.

They have a special respect for lemurs and crocodiles.


What Are Their Beliefs?

The North Betsimisaraka people bury their dead deep in the forests where the land is considered sacred. This is where the spirits dwell, so it’s considered dangerous. People never visit these places without a dog or a knife. Along with these ethnic beliefs, there is a Christian presence among the North Betsimisaraka people.


What Are Their Needs?

The North Betsimisaraka people need to put all their faith and hope in Jesus Christ rather than the spirit world.


Prayer Points

Pray for North Betsimisaraka disciples who will make disciples who will make even more disciples.

Pray for spiritual hunger and an understanding of the holiness and goodness of God.

Pray for a Holy Spirit driven revival among the North Betsimisaraka people.


Scripture Prayers for the Betsimisaraka, North in Madagascar.


References

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Betsimisaraka_people
https://www.101lasttribes.com/tribes/betsimisaraka.html


Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

People Name General Betsimisaraka, North
People Name in Country Betsimisaraka, North
Natural Name North Betsimisaraka
Alternate Names
Population this Country 1,799,000
Population all Countries 1,799,000
Total Countries 1
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 2
Unreached No
Frontier People Group No
Pioneer Workers Needed
People ID 10819
ROP3 Code 101295
ROP25 Code 301112
ROP25 Name Betsimisaraka
Country Madagascar
Region Africa, East and Southern
Continent Africa
10/40 Window No
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Location in Country Analanjirofo, Atsinanana, and Alaotra-Mangoro regions; Sava region: south of Bemariva river; Sofia region: east and southeast; areas in Analamanga and Vakinankaratra regions. East coast, Indian Ocean, from Mahanoro north.   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 Analanjirofo, Atsinanana, and Alaotra-Mangoro regions; Sava region: south of Bemariva river; Sofia region: east and southeast; areas in Analamanga and Vakinankaratra regions. East coast, Indian Ocean, from Mahanoro north..   Source:  Ethnologue 2016
Map of Betsimisaraka, North in Madagascar
Primary Religion: Ethnic Religions
Major Religion Percent
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 1.21 %)
35.00 %
Ethnic Religions
60.00 %
Hinduism
0.00 %
Islam
5.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
Primary Language Malagasy, Northern Betsimisaraka (1,799,000 speakers)
Language Code bmm   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 1
Primary Language Malagasy, Northern Betsimisaraka (1,799,000 speakers)
Language Code bmm   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Malagasy, Northern Betsimisaraka

Primary Language:  Malagasy, Northern Betsimisaraka

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (2014)
Bible-New Testament No
Bible-Complete No
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Resource Type Resource Name Source
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching Global Recordings Network
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Malagasy, Northern Betsimisaraka Jesus Film Project
Film / Video My Last Day video, anime Jesus Film Project
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Photo Source Eric Mathey 
Map Source People Group location: IMB. Map geography: ESRI / GMI. Map design: Joshua Project.  
Profile Source Joshua Project 
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