Mam, Northern in Guatemala





Largest Religion

Main Language


Introduction / History

The Mam 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 in-tricate 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 Mam, Northern (mahm, NOR-thern)
People Name in Country Mam, Northern
Population in Guatemala 328,000
World Population 336,000
Countries 2
Progress Scale 3.2
Least-Reached No
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Chiapas, Mam, Northern Mam
Affinity Bloc Latin-Caribbean Americans
People Cluster Maya
People Name General Mam, Northern (mahm, NOR-thern)
Ethnic Code MIR37b
People ID 14022
Country Guatemala
Region Central and South America
Continent North America
10/40 Window No
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Location in Country Western Huehuetenango Department (San Sebastián and other towns) and San Marcos Department; 17 towns. Dialects spoken in San Miguel Ixtahuacán (18,000) and Concepción Tutapa (30,000) towns; Quetzaltenango Department (9 towns); Retalhuleu Department (1 to.   Source:  Ethnologue 2010
Languages & Dialects on file:  1  (up to 20 largest shown)
Mam (328,000)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Mam 328,000

For Main Lanugage: Mam

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions Yes   (1930-2003)
New Testament Yes   (1939-2003)
Complete Bible Yes   (1993)
Audio Bible Online
Format Resource
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (GRN)
Audio Recordings Online New Testament (FCBH)
Audio Recordings Online New Testament (FCBH)
Audio Recordings Online New Testament (FCBH)
Audio Recordings Online New Testament (FCBH)
Film / Video God's Story Video
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Mam, Central
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Mam, Northern
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Mam, Tajumulco
Text / Printed Matter Bible-in-Your-Language
Text / Printed Matter Bible: Acʼaj testamento (El Nuevo testamento in Mam de Todos
Text / Printed Matter Bible: Ak'aj tu'jil tyol qMan
Text / Printed Matter Bible: Mam de Huehuetenango Bible
Text / Printed Matter Bible: Mam Ostuncalco Bible
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 12.00 %)
98.00 %
Ethnic Religions
2.00 %
0.00 %
0.00 %
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
0.00 %

Christian Segments Percent
0.0 %
15.0 %
0.0 %
Other Christian
5.0 %
30.0 %
Roman Catholic
50.0 %
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Map Source: Anonymous  
Profile Source: Anonymous  
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