Enriched by its ancient cultural traditions, yet influenced by modern trends, the Pinotepa Mixtecos enjoy a rural life in the tropical region of coastal Mexico. Thousands of years ago, their ancestors were part of the Aztec empire — a heritage today’s generation still honors.
Despite the movement of younger generations to cities both in Mexico and the United States to study and work, the Pinotepa Mixtecos have retained their cultural identity through music, dance, crafts and song.
People in the villages typically work in the fields or as farmers, masons, merchants, craftsmen and artisans. These workers form the basis of a stable economy. The rainy climate also provides the people the food they need through their own agricultural activities or through commerce with the main cities.
Christianity was introduced into this rich tradition six decades ago. A New Testament was completed in 1980 but these people need the foundation of the Old Testament in their mother tongue to truly flourish and influence society.
Though almost all Pinotepa Mixtecos are identified as Christians through the official state religion, the majority still believe in the spirits of the hills and rivers, as well as witches and nahualism, the belief in a personal guardian spirit that resides in an animal. These beliefs encourage superstition and vices that run counter to the Word of God.
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|People Name General||Mixteco, Pinotepa Nacional|
|People Name in Country||Mixteco, Pinotepa Nacional|
|Population in Mexico||31,000|
|Progress Scale||5 ●|
|GSEC||5 (per PeopleGroups.org)|
|Alternate Names||Coastal Mixtec, Mixtec, Coastal|
|Region||Central and South America|
|Persecution Rank||40 (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)|
|Location in Country||Costa Chica. Source: COMIMEX, 2004|
|Primary Language:||Mixtec, Pinotepa Nacional People group listing|
|Language Code:||mio Ethnologue Listing|
|Written:||Yes ScriptSource Listing|
|Primary Language:||Mixtec, Pinotepa Nacional|
|Bible Translation ▲||Status (Years)|
|Bible Portions||Yes (1962-2007)|
|New Testament||Yes (1980)|
|Possible Print Bibles|
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|Resource Type ▲||Resource Name|
|Audio Recordings||Audio Bible teaching (GRN)|
|Audio Recordings||Online New Testament (FCBH)|
|Audio Recordings||Online Scripture (Talking Bibles)|
|Film / Video||Luke Video|
|Text / Printed Matter||Bible-in-Your-Language|
|Text / Printed Matter||Bible: Tutu chaa cha iyo cuenda ra hahnu Jesucristo (El Nuev|
|Text / Printed Matter||Online Bible text (Scripture Earth)|
|Religion Subdivision:||Roman Catholic|
|Major Religion ▲||Percent|
|Christianity (Evangelical 17.00 %)||
|Other / Small||
|Christian Segments ▲||Percent|