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.
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.
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.
The Mahafaly people are in bondage to witchcraft. They need to put their faith in Jesus Christ alone.
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.
|Profile Source: Joshua Project|
|People Name General||Mahafaly|
|People Name in Country||Mahafaly|
|Population this Country||437,000|
|Population all Countries||437,000|
|Progress Scale||2 ●|
|Frontier People Group||No|
|GSEC||4 (per PeopleGroups.org)|
|Pioneer Workers Needed|
|Region||Africa, East and Southern|
|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|
|Primary Language||Malagasy, Tandroy-Mahafaly (437,000 speakers)|
|Language Code||tdx Ethnologue Listing|
|Language Written||Yes ScriptSource Listing|
Primary Language: Malagasy, Tandroy-Mahafaly
|Bible Translation ▲||Status (Years)|
|Possible Print Bibles|
|Forum Bible Agencies|
|National Bible Societies|
|World Bible Finder|
|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||Gospel resources links||Scripture Earth|