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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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As the kind of recording technologies that Mosso used to measure his own physiology became more prevalent, social researchers increasingly saw introspective accounts as problematic.
As weight shifts in a body, presumably from the movement of blood, the lever tilts the head or the feet downward, Mosso observed.
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Mosso had not noticed the white sign posted that told riders in an easily readable font: "Since routes 1, 4, 5, 11, 14, 15, 16, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 29, 30, 31 & 42 will not service City Hall the WRTA has implemented a FREE Union Station Hub and City Hall Shuttle from 7:00 a.
El Mosso d'Esquadra sufrio multiples erosiones superficiales en el cuero cabelludo y dolor cervical a la palpacion, pero no tuvieron mayores consecuencias.
Carles Esteva Mosso, director for policy and strategy at the Directorate-General for Competition, announced it, at the same time, in Paris at the congress of the Association of French Mayors.
A rather more relaxed meno mosso section became slightly ponderous though any misgivings were rapidly replaced when the harmonically sumptuous andante began.
Frente a las ideas de la actividad fisica como prevencion de enfermedades y ocupacion de tiempo libre y de la gimanasia racional como instrumento de educacion, detalla la autora que Mosso va a reivindicar, desde el saber fisiologico e higienico, la importancia de los juegos y a los deportes ingleses.
Addressing the people of Mosso in Bagidi Payam (ward) in Ezo County, in south Sudan's Western Equatoria state (WES), the commissioner said that, "African cultures, the Zande culture in particular is ceasing among the contemporary young men and women, as a result the young generations are engraved to other cultures that used not to be among the Azande communities.
In questo saggio inntroduttivo i due curatori non solo hanno approntato una fitta rete di notazioni critico-filologiche, corredate da una bibliografia ricchissima, ma hanno anche innestato la figura e l'opera di Liruti nel piu ampio contesto culturale in cui l'autore si e mosso.
They will have learned a lot, negotiating the interesting demands of Luke Bedford's Piu Mosso, CBSOYO's second premiere.
mf, piE mosso, piE fervente) The invading conquering oppressing tyrannizing ape, The thieving rampaging bombarding destroying ape, The pitiless self-pitying only-me-who-suffers benighted insensate deaf and sightless ape,