Western Kanjobal in Mexico


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Introduction / History

The Akateko people group is one of nine languages that make up the Guatemala Cluster. Though the languages are all in the Mayan family, no group's mother tongue can be easily understood by speakers of another.

A small number of Akateko live in and are native to Mexico. Their ranks have swelled to include many refugees so that there is now a sizeable number there with them.

The mountainous area where these people groups live is dotted with volcanoes. Most families engage in agriculture, raising plenty of food in the fertile soil. Some supplement their income, raising coffee, sugar, cardamom or bananas as cash crops. Sheep provide wool for a wide variety of woven and embroidered clothing and intricate handicrafts.


What Are Their Beliefs?

Among these indigenous peoples, about 70 percent are animists, who revere spirits in nature and of ancestors. About 30 percent are Christians, but their impact has been minimal.

Mayan religion pervades traditional rites, customs and ways of thinking. In recent years, foreigners have stirred a resurgence of interest in Mayan worldview, along with its religious practices.

Some Christian believers clearly demonstrate their faith through their choices and attitudes, but they long to better understand their relationship with God. How does He affect their daily lives and relationships? Many are asking for Old Testament Scriptures.


Prayer Points

Scripture Prayers for the Kanjobal, Western in Mexico.


Profile Source:   Anonymous  

People Name General Kanjobal, Western
People Name in Country Kanjobal, Western
Natural Name Western Kanjobal
Pronunciation kahn-joh-BAHL
Alternate Names Akateko; Kanjobal, Western, Chiapas; Western Kanjobal
Population this Country 2,900
Population all Countries 60,000
Total Countries 2
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 5
Unreached No
Frontier People Group No
GSEC 6  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Pioneer Workers Needed
People ID 15370
ROP3 Code 110785
ROP25 Code 303658
ROP25 Name Kanjobal
Country Mexico
Region America, Latin
Continent North America
10/40 Window No
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 37  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Location in Country Campeche, Chiapas and Quintana Roo states: Comalapa, Mazapa de Madero and Trinitaria.   Source:  Ethnologue 2016
Country Mexico
Region America, Latin
Continent North America
10/40 Window No
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 37  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Location in Country Campeche, Chiapas and Quintana Roo states: Comalapa, Mazapa de Madero and Trinitaria..   Source:  Ethnologue 2016
Primary Religion: Christianity
Major Religion Percent
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 19.82 %)
96.00 %
Ethnic Religions
4.00 %
Hinduism
0.00 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
Primary Language Akateko (2,900 speakers)
Language Code knj   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 1
Primary Language Akateko (2,900 speakers)
Language Code knj   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Akateko
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