Mossi love poem

Fo siga sans da bé glacé pouga

Da ya mam sous kansinga

La mane tortor ta kinda bouguin

Ya mame nonglema cètim

Translated into Mòoré by Santa Bonkoungou
Mossi love poem

Book of poetry "La Glace"
Original version
Poem the mirror

For a Burkinabè woman

Moré (mossi, mòoré, moshi). Love poem in the idiom of Mossi people, there are 8 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. Poetry in the oti volta language, vehicular in Burkina Faso, for a Burkinabè.

The Mossis

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. The ancient kingdom of the Mossis was the Mossi country. 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.

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