Mau in Côte d'Ivoire

The Mau have only been reported in Côte d'Ivoire
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Introduction / History

Côte d'Ivoire is home to about 100 distinct ethnic groups, with the Malinke representing one of them. Malinke people are also called Maninka, and you will see them referred to either way. They are closely related to a number of other groups in West Africa by language. Most Malinke can trace their roots back to the once great Mali Empire. This empire was created by several Mandinka clans in the second millennium. It grew in power in the thirteenth century under the rule of Sundiata, the "lion king," who unified the kingdom and began to conquer surrounding peoples. In the fifteenth century, Portuguese explorers reached the coast and began trading in slaves and ivory. Within the Malinke there are subgroups such as the Mau Malinke who speak the Mahou dialect. This group only lives in Cote d'Ivoire, though other Malinke peoples are in various parts of West Africa.

What Are Their Lives Like?

The Mau Malinke are mainly full-time subsistence farmers. Rice is an important staple crop, along with millet, sorghum, and peanuts. When they have time, the men are also involved in other activities. Some have small part-time businesses to supplement their incomes. They may keep goats, sheep, bees, poultry, and dogs. In addition, they keep cattle as bride-price payments or for sacrifices. Men usually do the heavy farm work, while the women do both domestic and farm chores. Women have the jobs of cooking, cleaning, tending to the young children, and gathering forest products. Men are usually responsible for hunting, fishing and holding leadership positions such as headmen or imams (religious leaders). The Mau Malinke are a patrilineal society, with the oldest male as the leader of the lineage. A "minor lineage" consists of a man and his immediate family. A "major lineage" is made up of the houses of brothers and their families. The next larger unit is the village settlement, which contains the houses of men of the same clan name. The men of one village attend ritual meetings together. Traditionally Mau Malinke marriages were arranged when the girl was still an infant. Today, marriages are still arranged, but not so early. The groom must give premarital and post-marital bride-service to the bride's family in addition to paying a bride-price. There is unlimited polygamy (having multiple wives) among the Mau Malinke, but men rarely have more than three wives. There are three divisions within Malinke society: those who are free-born, the artisans and the slaves. The free-born class originally consisted of Malinke nobility. Today, it consists of farmers, merchants, Muslim clerics, and others. The artisan class includes blacksmiths, leather workers and griots (praise singers). Artisans are revered for their expertise and craft secrets, which involve spiritual rituals; therefore, they are looked upon with fear and awe. Griots are important members of society because they are responsible for passing down the oral traditions and cultural heritage of the Malinke. The Mau Malinke people believe in upholding human dignity. They regard selfishness and a lack of hospitality are the two deadliest sins that defile this dignity.

What Are Their Beliefs?

When foreign merchants came to Africa, they brought Islam with them. The religion blended with the Mau Malinke's traditional religious practices and today, this blending of religions is still evident. It is not uncommon for a Mau Malinke to first pray in the village mosque and then sacrifice a chicken to the spirits. Healing, magic, and divination are important parts of Malinke Islam. Many people consult marabouts (holy men) for healing, protective charms, or insight into the future. Marabouts can also be consulted to put a curse on an enemy. Educated Mau Malinke may conceal their belief in magic, but there are very few who do not possess a charm or amulet of some sort.

What Are Their Needs?

Prayer is the first step towards seeing a full movement to Christ among every Malinke people.

Prayer Points

Pray for the Lord to bless the Mau Malinke's harvests as a testimony of his sovereignty and goodness. Pray for Mau Malinke leaders to open the door to Christ's ambassadors. Pray for the Lord to thrust out Holy Spirit anointed workers among the Mau Malinke people. Pray for a powerful Disciple Making Movement among every Malinke people, especially the Mau subgroup.

Scripture Prayers for the Mau in Côte d'Ivoire.

Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

People Name General Mau
People Name in Country Mau
Alternate Names Dioula; Dyula; Mahou; Malinke
Population this Country 428,000
Population all Countries 428,000
Total Countries 1
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group No
GSEC 1  (per
Pioneer Workers Needed 9
People ID 13590
ROP3 Code 106411
ROP25 Code 305279
ROP25 Name Mau
Country Côte d'Ivoire
Region Africa, West and Central
Continent Africa
10/40 Window No
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Location in Country Woroba District, Touba department; northeast Montagnes District; Denguélé District south of Bako.   Source:  Ethnologue 2016
Country Côte d'Ivoire
Region Africa, West and Central
Continent Africa
10/40 Window No
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Location in Country Woroba District, Touba department; northeast Montagnes District; Denguélé District south of Bako..   Source:  Ethnologue 2016
Primary Religion: Islam
Major Religion Percent
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.03 %)
0.50 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
0.00 %
99.50 %
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
0.00 %
Primary Language Mahou (428,000 speakers)
Language Code mxx   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 1
Primary Language Mahou (428,000 speakers)
Language Code mxx   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Mahou

Primary Language:  Mahou

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (2001-2019)
Bible-New Testament No
Bible-Complete No
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Film / Video LUMO film of Gospels Bible Media Group/LUMO
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