Asurini do Xingu in Brazil

Joshua Project has identified the Asurini do Xingu only in Brazil





Largest Religion

Main Language


Introduction / History

Caló ancestors fled the Iberian Peninsula during the 16th century Inquisition. The people immigrated to Brazil between the 16th and 19th centuries. Many still live in suburb tents; some own businesses in cities. People work in shops and hotels, and drive taxis. Caló men often buy products on the border to sell in cities. Woman are fortunetellers, card and palm readers. Since Chibi speakers are not technically "indigenous," they are not well-accepted in Brazil. This large people group clings to the margins of mainstream society, sometimes hiding their identity.

Chibi-speaking men wear loose-fitting pants, colorful embroidered shirts, earrings and gold jewelry; some also boast gold teeth. Ladies wear skirts and blouses. Older women use doily head-coverings and wear as much jewelry as they can afford. All Caló people love to dance and sing; they rarely refuse opportunities to perform in public.

Religious practices in Caló culture mix animistic traditions and Christian rituals. A fear of spirits permeates daily life. Their religious heritage is a world religion worshipping a pantheon of gods, so these pragmatic people do whatever improves their circumstances. This includes faithful church attendance and rigorous attention to rituals, alongside trusting fortunetellers' advice.

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People Name General Asurini do Xingu
People Name in Country Asurini do Xingu
Population in Brazil 200
World Population 200
Countries 1
Progress Scale 2.2
Least-Reached No
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Assurini, Assurini do Xingu, Asurini Xingu, Awaeté
Affinity Bloc Latin-Caribbean Americans
People Cluster Guarani
People Name General Asurini do Xingu
Ethnic Code MIR39e
People ID 10471
Country Brazil
Region Central and South America
Continent South America
10/40 Window No
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Location in Country Rio Piçava off Xingú River near Altamira, Pará, at least one sizeable village.   Source:  Ethnologue 2010
Languages & Dialects on file:  1  (up to 20 largest shown)
Asurini of Xingu (200)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Asurini of Xingu 200
For Primary Language: Asurini of Xingu

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions No
New Testament No
Complete Bible No
Resource Format
None reported  
Primary Religion: Ethnic Religions

Major Religion Percent
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 2.00 %)
50.00 %
Ethnic Religions
50.00 %
0.00 %
0.00 %
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
0.00 %

Christian Segments Percent
0.0 %
0.0 %
0.0 %
Other Christian
0.0 %
0.0 %
Roman Catholic
100.0 %
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