Jacalteco in Guatemala





Largest Religion

Main Language


Introduction / History

The Jakalteko people group is one of nine languages in a cluster of neighbors. 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.

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 on their society has regrettably 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 Jacalteco (hah-kahl-TEH-koh)
People Name in Country Jacalteco
Population in Guatemala 17,000
World Population 19,000
Countries 3
Progress Scale 3.2
Least-Reached No
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Acateco, Eastern Jacalteco
Affinity Bloc Latin-Caribbean Americans
People Cluster Maya
People Name General Jacalteco (hah-kahl-TEH-koh)
Ethnic Code MIR37b
People ID 11692
Country Guatemala
Region Central and South America
Continent North America
10/40 Window No
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Location in Country Huehuetenango Department near Mexico border, Concepción Huista area and around Jakaltenango.   Source:  Ethnologue 2010
Languages & Dialects on file:  2  (up to 20 largest shown)
Jakalteko Akateko
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Jakalteko Akateko
For Primary Language: Jakalteko

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions Yes   (1969-1991)
New Testament Yes   (1979-1997)
Complete Bible No
Audio Bible Online
Resource Format
Audio Bible teaching (GRN) Audio Recordings
Bible-in-Your-Language Text / Printed Matter
Bible: Nuevo Testamento yin̈ abxubal Text / Printed Matter
Jesus Film: view in Jakalteko, Western Film / Video
Online Bible text (Scripture Earth) Text / Printed Matter
Online New Testament (FCBH) Audio Recordings
Online New Testament (FCBH) Audio Recordings
Primary Religion: Christianity
Religion Subdivision: Roman Catholic

Major Religion Percent
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 6.00 %)
90.00 %
Ethnic Religions
5.00 %
0.00 %
0.00 %
0.00 %
Other / Small
5.00 %
0.00 %

Christian Segments Percent
0.0 %
10.0 %
0.0 %
Other Christian
0.0 %
20.0 %
Roman Catholic
70.0 %
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