Mura-Piraha in Brazil

Joshua Project has identified the Mura-Piraha only in Brazil

Population

410

Christian

20%

Evangelical

1.0%

Largest Religion

Main Language

Progress


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Introduction / History

The Piraha language has been traditionally referred to as the Mura-Piraha (Everett 1986). This designation obscures the distinction between the Mura language family and the Mura and Piraha languages. The Mura family has no known external affiliates and it includes Piraha and three dead languages: Matanavi, Bohura and Yahahi (Everett 1986).

There are between 9-15 different Pirahã villages along the Maici River. In the dry season, when the river is low and there are beaches, the village locations will increase considerably because they break up into small groups. The Membership of each village is between 15-40 People, with the larger numbers during the rain season and the smaller numbers during the dry season.

A village is comprised of two to three families. A family consists of the father, the mother, and the children. A child may or may not stay living with his parents after the age of 3. Most (of) the larger villages have a subculture of children, generally ages 3-14, who live together and take care of each other. These children, in general, come from broken homes, that is, their parents have split up and remarried.

Just as there is a geographic tightness in the lay-out of the lean-tos of a village, so there is a strong, tightly knit social network between the members. All members know everything about any given member of the group and each are considered to be close brothers and sisters. The close proximity of houses and the fact that there are no walls, makes each members life an open book. Nothing is hid from the other. The concept of a private life is foreign.




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Country Brazil
Continent South America
Region Central and South America
10/40 Window No
Location in Country Amazonas, along Maici and Autaces rivers
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People Name General Mura-Piraha
People Name in Country Mura-Piraha
ROP3 Code 106919
Joshua Project People ID 13881
Indigenous Yes
Population in Brazil 410
Least-Reached No
Alternate Names for People Group Pirahã,
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Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Piraha: Mura-piraha 414
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Affinity Bloc Latin-Caribbean Americans
People Cluster Amazon
People Name General Mura-Piraha
Ethnic Code MIR39z
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Largest Religion Ethnic Religions
Buddhism
0.00%
Christianity
20%    ( Evangelical  1.0% )
Ethnic Religions
80.20%
Hinduism
0.00%
Islam
0.00%
Non-Religious
0.00%
Other / Small
0.00%
Unknown
0.00%
Christian Segments
Anglican
0.00%
Independent
0.00%
Protestant
10.00%
Orthodox
0.00%
Other Christian
0.00%
Roman Catholic
90.00%
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