Tacaneco in Mexico





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.

Profile Source:   Anonymous  

Expanded PDF Profile

People Name General Tacaneco (tah-kah-NEH-koh)
People Name in Country Tacaneco
Population in Mexico 2,000
World Population 38,000
Countries 2
Progress Scale 3.1
Least-Reached No
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Mam, Tacaneco, Chiapas, Tacana Mam
Affinity Bloc Latin-Caribbean Americans
People Cluster Maya
People Name General Tacaneco (tah-kah-NEH-koh)
Ethnic Code MIR37b
People ID 15166
Country Mexico
Region Central and South America
Continent North America
10/40 Window No
Persecution Rank 38  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Languages & Dialects on file:  2  (up to 20 largest shown)
Mam: Tacanec Spanish
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Mam: Tacanec Spanish
For Primary Language: Mam

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions Yes   (1930-2003)
New Testament Yes   (1939-2003)
Complete Bible Yes   (1993)
Audio Bible Online
Resource Format
Audio Bible teaching (GRN) Audio Recordings
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
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 Film / Video
Online Bible text (Scripture Earth) Text / Printed Matter
Online New Testament (FCBH) Audio Recordings
Online New Testament (FCBH) Audio Recordings
Online New Testament (FCBH) Audio Recordings
Online New Testament (FCBH) Audio Recordings
World Missionary Press Booklets Text / Printed Matter
Primary Religion: Christianity
Religion Subdivision: Roman Catholic

Major Religion Percent
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 4.00 %)
95.00 %
Ethnic Religions
2.00 %
0.00 %
0.00 %
3.00 %
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 %
Map Source: Anonymous  
Profile Source: Anonymous  
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