Otomi, Sierra Oriental in Mexico

The Otomi, Sierra Oriental have only been reported in Mexico
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Main Language
Largest Religion
Christian
Evangelical
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Introduction / History

The Otomi speakers of southern Mexico share their mountain homeland in close proximity with three other cultural communities. This arrangement started in the 17th century when Spanish governors gathered small, scattered populations together "within the sound of the bell," to give administrators and missionaries better control over the indigenous populations.

Across hillside fields, families plant maize, beans and chili peppers they will eat. People also raise coffee or sugar cane as cash crops. Though some Otomi keep domestic fowl for personal use, they do not typically raise any livestock. And today, many migrate to cities or immigrate to the U.S. for better jobs.

Several villages produce colorful, decorative clothing. Women still typically wear dresses and blouses with this embroidery. They also sell their stitchery, varying in size and intricacy, from small napkins and blouses to large bedspreads.

People have learned to make paper from the bark of several specific fig tree varieties. Local painters covet this bark paper called "amate" for their art. Talented Otomi also design jewelry, beads and small bags.


What Are Their Beliefs?

In their largest town, as many as 70 percent of the residents may claim they are Christians. And in the wider region, it's about 20 percent. Despite those positive numbers, most Otomi believers also venerate the spirit world. Many have not learned that the one, true God of the Bible has ultimate authority in both the natural and the spirit.


Prayer Points

* Scripture Prayers for the Otomi, Sierra Oriental in Mexico.


Profile Source:   Anonymous  
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People Name General Otomi, Sierra Oriental
People Name in Country Otomi, Sierra Oriental
Pronunciation oh-toh-MEE, see-AY-dah or-ee-en-TAHL
World Population 60,000
Total Countries 1
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 4
Unreached No
Frontier People Group No
GSEC 5  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Pioneer Workers Needed
Alternate Names Eastern Otomi, Otomi de la Sierra, Sierra, Sierra, Eastern
People ID 14940
ROP3 Code 108991
Country Mexico
Region Latin America
Continent North America
10/40 Window No
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 39  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Location in Country Hidalgo state: Huehuetla, Otomi de la Sierra Baja, Otomi-Tepehua, and San Bartolo Tutotepec municipalities; Puebla state: Pahuatlan, Pantepec, Tlacuilotepec, Tlaxco municipalities; Veracruz state: Ixhuatlan de Madero and Tlachichilco municipalities.   Source:  Ethnologue 2016
Country Mexico
Region Latin America
Continent North America
10/40 Window No
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 39  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Location in Country Hidalgo state: Huehuetla, Otomi de la Sierra Baja, Otomi-Tepehua, and San Bartolo Tutotepec municipalities; Puebla state: Pahuatlan, Pantepec, Tlacuilotepec, Tlaxco municipalities; Veracruz state: Ixhuatlan de Madero and Tlachichilco municipalities..   Source:  Ethnologue 2016

Primary Language:  Otomi, Eastern Highland

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1951-2004)
Bible-New Testament Yes  (1974-2009)
Bible-Complete No
Bible-NT Text Online
Possible Print Bibles
Amazon
Forum Bible Agencies
National Bible Societies
World Bible Finder
World Bibles
Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (GRN)
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Otomi, Eastern Highland
Text / Printed Matter Bible: Ra ʼdaʼyonhogui nangue ma Hmuhʉ ra Jesucristo
Text / Printed Matter Online Bible text (Scripture Earth)
Primary Religion: Christianity
Religion Subdivision: Independent
Major Religion Percent
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 5.00 %)
80.00 %
Ethnic Religions
20.00 %
Hinduism
0.00 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
Christian Segments Percent
Anglican
0.0 %
Independent
60.0 %
Orthodox
0.0 %
Other Christian
0.0 %
Protestant
0.0 %
Roman Catholic
40.0 %
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