Kiche, Eastern Chichicastenango in Guatemala

Joshua Project has identified the Kiche, Eastern Chichicastenango only in Guatemala
Largest Religion
Main Language
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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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People Name General Kiche, Eastern Chichicastenango
People Name in Country Kiche, Eastern Chichicastenango
Population in Guatemala 181,000
World Population 181,000
Total Countries 1
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 3.2
Least-Reached No
Alternate Names East Central Quiche, Eastern Quiche
People ID 11674
Primary Language: K'iche' (181,000 speakers)
Language Code: quc   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages: 1
Primary Language: K'iche' (181,000 speakers)
Language Code: quc   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages: 1
Secondary Languages:
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
Possible Print Bibles
Forum of Bible Agencies
Gospel Go
World Bible Finder
World Bibles
Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (GRN)
Audio Recordings 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)
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Kiche, Central
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Kiche, West Central
Film / Video The Hope Video
Text / Printed Matter 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 Online Bible text (Scripture Earth)
Text / Printed Matter World Missionary Press Booklets
Primary Religion: Christianity
Religion Subdivision: Roman Catholic

Major Religion Percent
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 7.00 %)
98.00 %
Ethnic Religions
1.00 %
0.00 %
0.00 %
0.00 %
Other / Small
1.00 %
0.00 %

Christian Segments Percent
0.0 %
0.0 %
0.0 %
Other Christian
15.0 %
15.0 %
Roman Catholic
70.0 %
Photo Source: The Masters View / Howard Erickson  
Map Source: Anonymous  
Profile Source: Anonymous  
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