Kanjobal, Western in Guatemala

Population

72,900

Christian

99.0%

Evangelical

8.0%

Largest Religion

Main Language

Progress


Profile Source: Anonymous


Introduction / History

The Akateko 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.

A small number of Akateko live in and are native to Mexico. Their ranks have swelled to include many refugees so that there is now a sizeable number there with them.

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 intricate 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 Kanjobal, Western
People Name in Country Kanjobal, Western
Population in Guatemala 72,900
Progress Scale 3.2
Least-Reached No
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Akateko, Kanjobal, Western, Chiapas, Western Kanjobal
Affinity Bloc Latin-Caribbean Americans
People Cluster Maya
People Name General Kanjobal, Western
Ethnic Code MIR37b
Country Guatemala
Continent North America
Region Central and South America
10/40 Window No
Location in Country San Miguel Acatán
People Group Map Kanjobal, Western in Guatemala PDF Version



Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Akateko (73,000)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Akateko 73,000
Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions Yes   (1981)
New Testament Yes   (1981-2012)
Complete Bible No
Audio Bible Online
Category Resource
Audio Recordings Global Recordings
Audio Recordings Online New Testament (FCBH)
Scripture Scripture Earth Online Printed Bible
Largest Religion Christianity
Buddhism
0.00%
Christianity
99%    ( Evangelical  8% )
Ethnic Religions
1.00%
Hinduism
0.00%
Islam
0.00%
Non-Religious
0.00%
Other / Small
0.00%
Unknown
0.00%
Christian Segments
Anglican
0.00%
Independent
5.00%
Protestant
15.00%
Orthodox
0.00%
Other Christian
0.00%
Roman Catholic
80.00%
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