Mura-Piraha in Brazil

Joshua Project has identified the Mura-Piraha only in Brazil





Largest Religion

Main Language


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.

Profile Source:   Anonymous  

Expanded PDF Profile

People Name General Mura-Piraha
People Name in Country Mura-Piraha
Population in Brazil 400
World Population 400
Countries 1
Progress Scale 2.2
Least-Reached No
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Pirahã
Affinity Bloc Latin-Caribbean Americans
People Cluster Amazon
People Name General Mura-Piraha
Ethnic Code MIR39z
People ID 13881
Country Brazil
Region Central and South America
Continent South America
10/40 Window No
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Location in Country Amazonas, along Maici and Autaces rivers.   Source:  Ethnologue 2010
Languages & Dialects on file:  1  (up to 20 largest shown)
Piraha: Mura-piraha (400)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Piraha: Mura-piraha 400
For Primary Language: Piraha

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions Yes   (1987)
New Testament No
Complete Bible No
Resource Format
Audio Bible teaching (GRN) Audio Recordings
Primary Religion: Ethnic Religions

Major Religion Percent
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 1.00 %)
19.80 %
Ethnic Religions
80.20 %
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 %
10.0 %
Roman Catholic
90.0 %
Map Source: Anonymous  
Profile Source: Anonymous  
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