Pub. date: 2009 | Online Pub. Date: January 26, 2009 | DOI: 10.4135/9781412964623 | Print ISBN: 9781412936361 | Online ISBN: 9781412964623| Publisher:SAGE Publications, Inc.About this encyclopedia
The Mossi, Moshi, Mosi, or, according to recent orthography, Moose (pronounced MOH-say), are an ethnic and cultural group of farmers who live mainly in Burkina Faso, Côte d'Ivoire, and northern Ghana. The total number of Mossi is difficult to determine because they have a history of emigrating for work to other regions in West Africa, a history that predates colonialism. The Mossi also are known historically for their staunch resistance first to Islam and later to Christianity. However, this is changing in Burkina Faso, where Mossi are approximately 40% of the population. The number of Mossi in this country who are Muslim is 50%, and the number who are Christian is 10%. Although some reject or condemn traditional religious beliefs and practices, many still participate in varying degrees, making traditional Mossi religion a dominant factor in the daily lives of most Mossi in Burkina Faso today. Religious expression consists mainly ...