The Shuar are one of several indigenous tribal groups which reside in the SouthEastern portion of Ecuador, a jungle/rainforest area. The Shuar gained notoriety for their custom of shrinking heads of victims. Eventually Ecuador had to outlaw the practice because the popularity of buying shrunken heads as souvenirs was driving the practice to continue. The group has been fiercely agressive and independent enough to fend off colonization by the Spanish. On one occasion the group retaliated violently to an attempt to tax them. They raided settlements and killed thousands of people. They allegedly poured melted gold down the throat of the governor who tried to impose the tax.
SE portion of Ecuador in South America....East of the city of Macas.
Previously the Shuar were nomadic, but have since established themselves in permanent dwellings.
A rite of passage for a young man involves the drinking of water containing the extract of a bark that induces hallucinations.
There is now Christian work. The northern area of the Shuar have had Christian work for more than 10 years; but work in the Southern portion has mostly begun during the last 10 years (Baptist work). The larger Shuar community retain animistic beliefs. A belief of theirs has been that if someone dies from disease, the death was actually killed by invisible darts.
|Profile Source: Anonymous|
|Region||Central and South America|
|Persecution Rank||Not ranked|
|Location in Country||Morona-Santiago province: east of Cuenca City. Source: Ethnologue 2016|
|Primary Language||Shuar (66,000 speakers)|
|Language Code||jiv Ethnologue Listing|
|Language Written||Yes ScriptSource Listing|
|People Groups||Speaking Shuar|
Primary Language: Shuar
|Bible Translation ▲||Status (Years)|
|Bible-New Testament||Yes (1976-1983)|
|Possible Print Bibles|
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|Resource Type ▲||Resource Name|
|Audio Recordings||Audio Bible teaching (GRN)|
|Audio Recordings||Online New Testament (FCBH)|
|Film / Video||Jesus Film: view in Shuar|
|Text / Printed Matter||Bible-in-Your-Language|
|Text / Printed Matter||Bible: Yus Papí: Shuarja̱i̱ Yus Yamaram Chicham Najanamu|
|Text / Printed Matter||Online Bible text (Scripture Earth)|
|Primary Religion:||Ethnic Religions|
|Major Religion ▲||Percent *|
|Christianity (Evangelical 0.50 %)||
|Other / Small||
|Christian Segments ▲||Percent|