Mauritian Creole people
are the people of African
origin who live in Mauritius. However, the Creole people today also includes minorities of people that have both African and Malagasy origins with Indian, Chinese, French and/or British backgrounds.
Brought in as slaves to work the plantations of Mauritius (as well as Réunion
), the slaves were Malagasy
or East-African and were brought mostly from Mozambique, Malawi, Nigeria, Tanzania and Zambia.
The Creoles and the Indo-Mauritians
form the largest ethnic groups in Mauritius. They are divided into two main groups in Mauritius (which aren't exclusive but were used very often in the past) : Mulattos and Blacks. Among the community, there is a lot of multiracial variances from dark skinned Creoles to near white ones. There is still a high political segregation between Hindus and Creoles.
The majority of Creoles are Christian
minorities including Seventh-day Adventists
). Recently, influences from other communities of African origin, particularly the Caribbean, have influenced a significant number of Mauritians
to become Rastafarian. There is also a non-religious
minority as well as some Islamic
converts. The language spoken at home for the majority of Creoles is Mauritian Creole
, most of them also speak French