San Juan Guelavia Zapoteco in Mexico


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Introduction / History

The Zapotecs, the largest indigenous people group cluster of Mexico, live primarily in the southern state of Oaxaca. This people group, however, reaches across much of Mexico. San Juan Guelavia is one of the many Zapotec languages.


What Are Their Lives Like?

Many Zapotecs are among the poorest of Mexico’s citizens. The primary sources of income are farming and various crafts such as pottery and weaving. Many still speak only their language not Spanish.


What Are Their Beliefs?

When the Spanish first arrived in Mexico in the 1500s, they set about to convert the indigenous peoples to Roman Catholicism. Rather than abandoning their own religion, many Zapotecs simply combined it with the new religion in a way that does not allow for the lordship of Jesus. Today, most Zapotecs profess Roman Catholicism, but also believe in spirits and myths. For example, Zapotecs claim that they originated from trees, rocks and even jaguars.


What Are Their Needs?

All Zapotec subgroups need to put Jesus Christ first in their lives. As it stands, they hold onto many traditional beliefs that hinder their relationship with the loving Savior.


Prayer Points

Pray for audio helps such as gospel recordings, Christian radio and the JESUS Film in the San Juan Guelavia dialect.

Pray that they will allow Christ to set them free from paralyzing fear and bondage and make them alive in him.

Pray that soon there will be Zapotec disciples making other disciples for the glory of the Lord.


Scripture Prayers for the Zapoteco, San Juan Guelavia in Mexico.


References

https://charitigrace.wordpress.com/2010/05/20/animistic-zapotec-peoples-of-mexico/

https://mexico.sil.org/language_culture/zapotec/zapotec-zab


Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

People Name General Zapoteco, San Juan Guelavia
People Name in Country Zapoteco, San Juan Guelavia
Natural Name San Juan Guelavia Zapoteco
Pronunciation sahn hwahn gay-lah-VEE-ah sah-poh-TEH-koh
Alternate Names San Juan Guelavia; Western Tlacolula Zapotec; Zapoteco de Guelavia; Zapoteco, Guelavia; Zapoteco, Guelavia, Tlacolula, Oaxaca
Population this Country 42,000
Population all Countries 45,000
Total Countries 2
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 3
Unreached No
Frontier People Group No
GSEC 4  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Pioneer Workers Needed
People ID 15386
ROP3 Code 110807
Country Mexico
Region America, Latin
Continent North America
10/40 Window No
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 38  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Location in Country Oaxaca state: central.   Source:  Ethnologue 2016
Country Mexico
Region America, Latin
Continent North America
10/40 Window No
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 38  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Location in Country Oaxaca state: central..   Source:  Ethnologue 2016

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Primary Religion: Christianity
Major Religion Percent
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 1.30 %)
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 Zapotec, Western Tlacolula Valley (42,000 speakers)
Language Code zab   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 1
Primary Language Zapotec, Western Tlacolula Valley (42,000 speakers)
Language Code zab   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Zapotec, Western Tlacolula Valley
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Profile Source Joshua Project 
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