Shipibol in Peru

Joshua Project has identified the Shipibol only in Peru





Largest Religion

Main Language


Introduction / History

The Shipobol are part of the Pano linguistic family, whose ceramic work was discovered and can be traced back to 2,000 BC. The name "Shipibo" means "Ape-Men" and reflects the groups origin myth. The Shipobol have united with the Conibo ("Fish-Men") people through intermarriage to form a people that is commonly known as the "Shipobo-Conibo."

Where Are they Located?

The Shipobol's location is tied to the river in the Ucayali region of Peru, occupying 40% of the lower forest region. The Shipobo use the river for transportation and sustenance and are spread out in small communities of up to forty families each.

What Are Their Lives Like?

Men are the heads of the households and rely on their surroundings to provide food for their family units. Because hunting, fishing, and agriculture are not sufficient to provide for Shipobol needs, the group depends on hand-made crafts. As a result, the women are the main breadwinners in Shipobol communities, and not many money-producing opportunities are available.

What Are Their Beliefs?

A majority of the Shipobol are Christian, which reflects the Catholic influence beginning in the 1600s and subsequent Jesuit missions. As a result of the missionary influence, the Shipobol were encouraged to abandon many of their traditional religious practices, which include a nature worship and the conception of the river and forest as mystically connected to the course of the stars.

What Are Their Needs?

The Shipobol's needs include educational training and healthcare, as infant mortality rates remain high. As a result, it is not uncommon for Shipobol women to bear seven or eight children.

Prayer Points

Pray that the Shipobol would be reached with the transformative power of the gospel and with a compassionate witness of care for their physical needs.

Profile Source:   Anonymous  

People Name General Shipibol
People Name in Country Shipibol
Population in Peru 30,000
World Population 30,000
Countries 1
Progress Scale 2.2
Least-Reached No
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Xipibo
Affinity Bloc Latin-Caribbean Americans
People Cluster Amazon
People Name General Shipibol
Ethnic Code MIR39d
People ID 14914
Country Peru
Region Central and South America
Continent South America
10/40 Window No
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Location in Country Northeast middle Ucayali River area, Painaco, Requena, Sur Bolognesi, Pisqui (on the other side of Contamana).   Source:  Ethnologue 2010

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Enthologue Language Map

Languages & Dialects on file:  1  (up to 20 largest shown)
Shipibo-Conibo (30,000)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Shipibo-Conibo 30,000
For Primary Language: Shipibo-Conibo

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions Yes   (1954-1976)
New Testament Yes   (1983-2012)
Complete Bible No
Audio Bible Online
Resource Format
Audio Bible teaching (GRN) Audio Recordings
Bible: Diossen joi jatíxonbi onanti joi Text / Printed Matter
Jesus Film: view in Shipibo-Conibo Film / Video
Online Bible text (Scripture Earth) Text / Printed Matter
Online New Testament (FCBH) Audio Recordings
Primary Religion: Christianity
Religion Subdivision: Roman Catholic

Major Religion Percent
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 2.00 %)
65.00 %
Ethnic Religions
35.00 %
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 %
0.0 %
Roman Catholic
100.0 %
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Profile Source: Anonymous  
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