Madagascar - Religions





Over half of the Malagasy are traditional tribal religionists, some exclusively and others practicing in conjunction with Christian beliefs. Although there are many variations in detail, nearly all Malagasy share certain basic religious ideas, the central one being belief in the soul and its immortality. Besides the almighty (Andrianahary or Zanahary), secondary divinities are recognized, especially the earliest inhabitants of the island (Vazimba), legendary kings and queens, and other great ancestors. The burial places and other places of special significance in the lives of these secondary deities are objects of veneration and pilgrimages, during which special rites are performed.

Christianity was introduced to the Malagasy in the early 19th century, and it is influenced to a large extent by traditional beliefs. According to a 2002 report, most of the population is at least nominally Christian. Of the 15.9 million-person population, about 4.5 million are Roman Catholics; 3.5 million are Protestants belonging to the Church of Jesus Christ in Madagascar (mostly from Fianarantsoa North); 2 million are Lutherans (mostly from Fianarantsoa South); and less than 1 million are Anglicans (mostly in Antananarivo and Toamasina). Muslims, concentrated mostly in the north and northwest, constitute approximately 10% of the population. There is also a small number of Hindus among the Indian population.

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nicole tessier-arnatsiaq
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Nov 17, 2012 @ 8:20 pm
I had the priviledge to live in madagascar four years .What a marvelous island and wonderful people, that i shall never forget. For some personal reasons and circumstances these were blessed years of my life.
nicole tessier-arnatsiaq/ ia have french background , speaks french-english and still remembers some malagasy wordssuch as zanakp. akohoo, shalom. i will always cherished my years in madagascar, two years in fort dauphin, 2 years in fianarantsoa
teaching at the Tambohobe girls college.
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Mar 12, 2013 @ 1:13 pm
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Boohoo
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Mar 13, 2013 @ 9:09 am
thank you for the info, it really helped me when searching for good information
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Mar 20, 2013 @ 11:11 am
hi, I'm Mary and I have a question about the religoin in Madagascar. Where they all Christians or were only some ?

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