Kiche, Central in Guatemala





Largest Religion

Main Language


Introduction / History

The Kiche people group is one of nine languages that make up the Guatemala Cluster. Though the languages are all in the Mayan family, no group's mother tongue can be easily understood by speakers of another.

The mountainous area where these people groups live is dotted with volcanoes. Most families engage in agriculture, raising plenty of food in the fertile soil. Some supplement their income, raising coffee, sugar, cardamom or bananas as cash crops. Sheep provide wool for a wide variety of woven and embroidered clothing and intricate handicrafts.

What Are Their Beliefs?

Among these indigenous peoples, about 70 percent are animists, who revere spirits in nature and of ancestors. About 30 percent are Christians, but their impact has been minimal.

Mayan religion pervades traditional rites, customs and ways of thinking. In recent years, foreigners have stirred a resurgence of interest in Mayan worldview, along with its religious practices.

Some Christian believers clearly demonstrate their faith through their choices and attitudes, but they long to better understand their relationship with God. How does He affect their daily lives and relationships? Many are asking for Old Testament Scriptures.

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Expanded PDF Profile

People Name General Kiche, Central
People Name in Country Kiche, Central
Population in Guatemala 1,802,000
World Population 1,807,000
Countries 2
Progress Scale 3.2
Least-Reached No
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Central Quiche
Affinity Bloc Latin-Caribbean Americans
People Cluster Maya
People Name General Kiche, Central
Ethnic Code MIR39g
People ID 11134
Country Guatemala
Region Central and South America
Continent North America
10/40 Window No
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Location in Country Central highlands, Totonicapán, southern El Quiché, eastern Sololá, eastern Quezaltenango departments; Quiché Department, Joyabaj Municipality; southwest of Lake Atitlán, Quezaltenango, and Totonicapán departments; Chichicastenango and Chiché Municipaliti.   Source:  Ethnologue 2010
Languages & Dialects on file:  1  (up to 20 largest shown)
K'iche' (1,802,000)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
K'iche' 1,802,000
For Primary Language: K'iche'

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions Yes   (1898-1999)
New Testament Yes   (1947-1997)
Complete Bible Yes   (1995)
Audio Bible Online
Resource Format
Audio Bible teaching (GRN) Audio Recordings
Bible-in-Your-Language Text / Printed Matter
Bible: Quiché Bible Text / Printed Matter
Bible: Ru Lokꞌ Pixab Ri Dios Text / Printed Matter
Bible: Ru Loqꞌ Pixabꞌ Ri Dios Text / Printed Matter
Jesus Film: view in Kiche, Central Film / Video
Jesus Film: view in Kiche, West Central Film / Video
Online Bible text (Scripture Earth) Text / Printed Matter
Online New Testament (FCBH) Audio Recordings
Online New Testament - Catholic (FCBH) Audio Recordings
Online New Testament - K'iche', Cunén (FCBH) Audio Recordings
Online New Testament - Methodist (FCBH) Audio Recordings
The Hope Video Film / Video
World Missionary Press Booklets Text / Printed Matter
Primary Religion: Christianity
Religion Subdivision: Roman Catholic

Major Religion Percent
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 22.00 %)
99.00 %
Ethnic Religions
1.00 %
0.00 %
0.00 %
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
0.00 %

Christian Segments Percent
0.0 %
5.0 %
0.0 %
Other Christian
0.0 %
15.0 %
Roman Catholic
80.0 %
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Map Source: Anonymous  
Profile Source: Anonymous  
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