Mòoré love poem
Fo siga sans da bé glacé pouga
Da ya mam sous kansinga
La mane tortor ta kinda bouguin
Ya mame nonglema cètim
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Mòoré language and the Mossis
Mòoré love poem (other names of the language and dialects : Moré, Jaan, Moose, Joore, Mole, Yan, Saremdé, Yaan, Mossi, Yam, Yanga, Ouapadoupou, Yaadré, Taooledé, Zudweoogo, Lallweoogo, Wubrweoogo, Yaande, More, Timbou, Zaore, Ouagadougou, Yana, Taolendé, Moshi).
They are 7 million belonging to several ethnic groups who will understand it in this Niger-Congolese language of the voltaic group.
Mossi, is the principal language of Burkina Faso (Upper Volta), in West Africa. The powerful Mossi kingdom of Ouagadougou, founded in the 15th century, ruled Upper Volta until 1896 when it was subdued and overthrown by the French.
My poetry is in an oti volta, toned and vehicular language mainly spoken in Burkina Faso, which is written with an alphabet which comes from the phonetic alphabet of the I.A.I (International African Institute).
The name Burkina Faso is the association of two words, Songhai and Dioula, which mean "the land of integrity", and which before 1984 was called Haute-Volta, a country which includes in addition to French which is the national language, three languages national: Mooré, Jula and Fulfulde.
My poem is for here and she is Burkinabè, but we also find other speakers in Benin, Togo, Mali, Ivory Coast and Ghana.
The Mossis or Mosis, are also in Ghana, Togo, Mali and Cote d'Ivoire. The Mossi language is very close to the Gurenne (frafra), and the Mosis are one of the 60 ethnic groups of Burkina Faso, the largest in number in this country.
Originally from Ghana, their territory since the 12th century, the former kingdom of the Mossi was the Mossi country. Their society, based on social classes, was very hierarchical with at the very bottom of this hierarchy of slaves.
The oral tradition tells that Nédéga the king of Dagomba in Ghana, had only daughters, one of them Yennenga very free and almost Amazon, from her meeting with a prince gave birth to a boy, Ouédraogo creator of Ouagadougou.
The Mossis are farmers or artisans (caste of blacksmiths, dyers, etc.). Due to a very high population density, many emigrated.
They were organized in a complex state structure dating from the 9th century, with several juxtaposed kingdoms: in particular those of Ouagadougou and Yatenga. The descendants of the Mossi conquerors, forming the present aristocracy, were distinguished from those of the dominated indigenous peoples, the "people of the earth".
The sovereign, the morho-naba, exercised a despotic power, inspiring his subjects a great veneration. Ruling in his capital surrounded by a powerful apparatus of dignitaries and royal captives, he had important ritual functions.