Kanjobal, Western in Guatemala





Largest Religion

Main Language


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.

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Expanded PDF Profile

People Name General Kanjobal, Western (kahn-joh-BAHL, WES-tern)
People Name in Country Kanjobal, Western
Population in Guatemala 73,000
World Population 84,000
Countries 2
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 (kahn-joh-BAHL, WES-tern)
Ethnic Code MIR37b
People ID 15370
Country Guatemala
Region Central and South America
Continent North America
10/40 Window No
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Location in Country San Miguel Acatán.   Source:  Ethnologue 2010
Languages & Dialects on file:  1  (up to 20 largest shown)
Akateko (73,000)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Akateko 73,000

For Main Lanugage: Akateko

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions Yes   (1981)
New Testament Yes   (1981-2012)
Complete Bible No
Audio Bible Online
Format Resource
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (GRN)
Audio Recordings Online New Testament (FCBH)
Text / Printed Matter Bible: Ja' An Nuevo Testamento
Text / Printed Matter Online Bible text (Scripture Earth)
Primary Religion: Christianity
Religion Subdivision: Roman Catholic

Major Religion Percent
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 8.00 %)
99.00 %
Ethnic Religions
1.00 %
0.00 %
0.00 %
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
0.00 %

Christian Segments Percent
0.0 %
5.0 %
0.0 %
Other Christian
0.0 %
15.0 %
Roman Catholic
80.0 %
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