"The Antandroy is a dark skinned people with kinky hair and is also called "" People of the Thorns."" They look more like the Bantus of Africa than any other tribe in Madagascar.
"" People of the Thorns "" is a name that relates to their location. They are found in the Southern part of Madagascar, living in the arid areas. To the one side they are surrounded by an almost impregnate barrier of cactus, hence the name "" People of the Thorns."" This is also the land of their ancestors.
The Antandroy originally came from the Horn of Africa and Saudi Arabia. This might explain their fiery temperament. They are a semi-nomadic people and their society is a polygamous one. Wealth is measured by the number of wives one man have. One man may have up to seven wives. The elders of the tribe have the greatest authority.
Animism is their religion and they've had very little contact with Christianity."
- Country: Madagascar
- Population (Year): 14.1 million (1995)
- Major Religion: Christian
- Percent Christian: 52.7%
- Percent Evangelical: 6.3%
- Openness to missionaries: Open"
1. HAVE THEY HEARD THE GOSPEL?
Who is Jesus Christ to them? more than 99% Have never heard the Name of Jesus
2. HAVE THEY RESPONDED TO THE GOSPEL?
There are no known believers among the Antandroy.
3. DO THEY HAVE A CHURCH?
There are no churches among this people group
4. DOES THIS PEOPLE HAVE THE WORD OF GOD TRANSLATED INTO THEIR MOTHER TONGUE?
Gospel films and cassettes are in progress. The Baptist Mission of Madagascar is currently working on the Antandroy dialect.
5. ANY HINDRANCES TO SCRIPTURE DISTRIBUTION?
Literacy Rate: ?%
The literacy rate is very low as children start to herd the cattle at the age of eight. It is also difficult to get into this area.
6. WHAT OTHER FORMS OF GOSPEL PRESENTATIONS ARE AVAILABLE?
7. ARE THEY RECEPTIVE TO CHANGE AND TO CHRISTIANITY?
If the elders could be turned toward Christianity, the whole tribe would be open for change.
8. DO THEY REQUIRE OUTSIDE (CROSS-CULTURAL) ASSISTANCE?
Definitely yes. As they've had very little exposure to Christianity they need cross-cultural missionaries to introduce them to Jesus Christ."