Purepecha, Sierra Occidental in Mexico





Largest Religion


Introduction / History

The Western Highland Purepecha were christianized as part of Spanish Conquista. The church ideas were assimilated by Purepecha people but not understood well until the 20th century. Mass was held in Latin until the 1950s, then Spanish. More recently Mass is sometimes in Purepecha but usually still in Spanish. Evanglicals use more Purepecha, but even there it is often Spanish because there are no Bible schools in Purepecha yet.

Scripture portions were translated in the 1580s, the New Testament in 1968 and the whole Bible is now being translated as a United Bible Society project. The people are open to the Gospel when presented appropriately. The Purepecha are mostly modernized (mobile phones, CD, television, radio, post-secondary education, etc.) but there are also areas that are still less developed (no plumbing, minimal education, etc.).

Profile Source:   Anonymous  

Expanded PDF Profile

People Name General Purepecha, Sierra Occidental (poo-DAY-peh-chah, see-AY-dah)
People Name in Country Purepecha, Sierra Occidental
Population in Mexico 221,000
World Population 270,000
Countries 2
Progress Scale 3.1
Least-Reached No
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Tarasco
Affinity Bloc Latin-Caribbean Americans
People Cluster Central American Indigenous, other
People Name General Purepecha, Sierra Occidental (poo-DAY-peh-chah, see-AY-dah)
Ethnic Code MIR37g
People ID 18910
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)
Location in Country Michoacan.   Source:  COMIMEX, 2004

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Enthologue Language Map

Languages & Dialects on file:  1  (up to 20 largest shown)
Purepecha, Western Highland: Purepecha, Sierra Occ (221,000)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Purepecha, Western Highland: Purepecha, Sierra Occ 221,000
For Primary Language: Purepecha, Western Highland

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions Yes   (2006)
New Testament Yes   (1968)
Complete Bible No
Resource Format
Audio Bible teaching (GRN) Audio Recordings
Online Bible text (Scripture Earth) Text / Printed Matter
Primary Religion: Ethnic Religions

Major Religion Percent
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Christianity  (Evangelical 5.00 %)
45.00 %
Ethnic Religions
55.00 %
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 %
Profile Source: Anonymous  
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