The ancestors of the Pipil migrated from central Mexico. That’s why they speak one of the Nahuat languages which are much more common in Mexico. In the 1500s, commercial agriculture was displacing the Pipil people from their lands, so they went to the countryside. Some worked for less prestigious Spanish ranchers and farmers. The Pipil were also dying from European-introduced diseases at an alarming rate.
The Pipil revolted a number of times, first against the Spanish Empire, then later against the local government. In 1932 there was a slaughter of them known as La Matanza. Anyone who even looked indigenous was killed. After that, the Pipil dressed like the Salvadorians.
Almost all indigenous peoples in El Salvador, including the Pipil, are somewhat blended with the Spanish speaking population. There are Mestizos (mixed Native American and Spanish) and those who are wholly in the Spanish speaking community. However, there is an effort to resurrect indigenous languages and cultures in El Salvador.
The Pipil are almost entirely Roman Catholic. Some are Protestant.
The Pipil people need faith in the direction and the work of Jesus Christ. They need his guidance.
Pray for a spiritual hunger that will give the Pipil a desire to embrace Christ as lord and savior.
Pray for Pipil disciples who will make more disciples.
Pray for the Lord to bless them economically and spiritually so they will experience his love and power.
Scripture Prayers for the Pipil in El Salvador.
|Profile Source: Joshua Project|
|People Name General||Pipil|
|People Name in Country||Pipil|
|Population this Country||12,000|
|Population all Countries||12,000|
|Progress Scale||3 ●|
|Frontier People Group||No|
|Pioneer Workers Needed|
|Persecution Rank||Not ranked|
|Location in Country||Ahuachapan, Chalatenango, La Libertad, La Paz, San Salvador, Santa Ana, and Sonsonate departments. West, interior highlands. Source: Ethnologue 2020|
Primary Language: Nahuat
|Bible Translation ▲||Status (Years)|
|Bible-New Testament||Yes (2012)|
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|Resource Type ▲||Resource Name||Source|
|Audio Recordings||Audio Bible teaching||Global Recordings Network|