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(mŏs`ē), African people, numbering about 2.5 million, mostly in Burkina Faso. From c.A.D. 1000 the Mossi were organized into several kingdoms, one of which has continued to the present day. Despite long and intimate contact with Muslims, the Mossi have retained their ancient traditional religion, which has a strong emphasis on ancestor worship.


See P. B. Hammond, Yatenga (1966).



a people of West Africa. The Mossi constitute more than 50 percent of the population of Upper Volta, and some live in the northern part of Ghana. The total Mossi population is 4.7 million (1970, estimate). The dominant language among the Mossi is More, which belongs to the Gur language group. The majority of the Mossi preserve traditional beliefs, although some have adopted Christianity and Islam.

The principal occupation among the Mossi is hoe agriculture; major crops include millet, sorghum, peanuts, corn, and rice. The fruit of the shea tree (Butyrospermum parkii ) is collected and oil is obtained from the seeds. There is small-scale raising of donkeys, sheep, goats, and chickens; in some areas, the Mossi also engage in horse breeding. High population density and poor soil cause significant migration; every year almost 500,000 of the Mossi leave to work in the mines of Ghana or on the plantations of the Ivory Coast.

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Readers may wish to compare her account of Mossi life with that of Alan Fiske (in his Structures of Social Life: The Four Elementary Forms of Human Relations.
1971) "Quelques composantes de la personne humaine chez deux populations de souche dagomba: les Mossi et les Dagara', Notes et documents Voltaiques 5 (1): 16-24.
This project involves the rehabilitation of the pond Mossi being advanced degradation that no longer offer its many services to the public including satisfaction of the population, especially in terms of watering livestock and vegetable crops.
Mossi Donkor (15) was a spirit medium who hosted a spirit by the same name, believed to be from Mossiland (in Burkina Faso).
Pero los movimientos pacifistas, en especial Paz Ahora, que dirige Mossi Raz, lanzaron fuertes ataques contra el expansionismo del Likud asegurando que este habia falsificado la realidad, ya que en ningun caso la construccion de nuevas viviendas obedece a una presion demografica, pues una gran parte de ellas se encuentran vacias, sino que tienen una intencionalidad politica, la de hacer muy dificil cualquier devolucion global de Cisjordania.
Gruppo Mossi & Ghisolfi (M&G International) has proposed the construction of the largest Polyethylene Terephthalate (PET) plant in the world.
It was during the 18th century that Islam was accepted as an official "cult" both in Dagomba, Mamprussi and even in Mossi, and the rulers of all these states busily engaged themselves in working out a modus vivendi between their subjects and the growing Islamic communities.
With the Indians in 1954, he directed one of the game's best-ever pitching staffs that included four future Hall of Famers in Early Wynn, Bob Lemon, Bob Feller, and Hal Newhouser, along with Mike Garcia and relievers Ray Narleski and Don Mossi.
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The European Investment Bank (EIB) is providing a 65 million loan to support the research and development projects of Biochemtex, an engineering subsidiary of the Mossi and Ghisolfi Group, a world leader in the field of second generation biofuel production technology.
Similarly,) in 1895, Wobogo, Moro Naba, or King of the Mossi .