The Mossi (or Mosse, sing. Moaaga) are a people in central Burkina Faso, living mostly in the villages of the Volta River Basin. The Mossi are the largest ethnic group in Burkina Faso, constituting more than 40% of the population, or about 6.2 million people. The other 60% of Burkina Faso's population is composed of more than 60 ethnic groups, mainly the Gurunsi, Senufo, Lobi, Bobo, and Fulani. The Mossi speak the Moore language. The Mossi tribe originated in Burkina Faso, although significant numbers of Mossi live in neighboring countries, including Benin, Cote d'Ivoire, Ghana, Mali, and Togo. In 1996, the estimated population of Burkina Faso was 10,623,323. Five to six million are probably Mossi; another 1.2 million Mossi live in Cote d'Ivoire. According to tradition, the Mossi derive from the marriage of a Mamprusi princess and Mande hunter. Yennenga was a warrior princess, daughter of a Mamprusi king in upper east Ghana.
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