Aikana, Tubarao in Brazil

Joshua Project has identified the Aikana, Tubarao only in Brazil
Population
300
Christian
Evangelical
Largest Religion
Main Language
Progress
Progress Gauge

Introduction / History

The Aikanã were originally semi-nomadic people, living in the rainforest. Later they worked for rubber barons, tapping trees for latex sap. With help from the government the Aikanã resettled in reservation land exclusively for them as an indigenous community, entitled to social and health benefits. Today they work in agriculture, livestock, mining and logging.

Tradition has taught the Aikanã people about a good, creator god who takes care of them and an evil god who causes fear and bad events. About half of them still adhere to these beliefs, doing their best to stay in the favor of the good deity. Though this may sound similar to Scripture, the "good" god possesses many character flaws and must be appeased in order to "bless" his worshippers. And the people live in fear, because the two spirits are thought to be equal in power.

The Aikanã Christians grieve as they watch others try to drown their problems with alcohol. Believers' choices reflect the value God places on human life and family relationships. Contrary to custom, they don't practice infanticide or indulge in adulterous relationships. They radiate peace instead of cowering in fear and feeling worthless.

Churches have grown up among the Aikanã, but the leaders are all volunteers in their 20s. Many older people — even the pastors' parents — disapprove of this "new" faith. It is hard for the Christians to defend and share their beliefs without Scripture in their mother tongue.


Profile Source:   Anonymous  
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People Name General Aikana, Tubarao
People Name in Country Aikana, Tubarao
Population in Brazil 300
World Population 300
Total Countries 1
Indigenous Yes
Least-Reached No
Progress Scale 5
GSEC 4  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Alternate Names Aikaná, Cassupá, Curumbiara, Kasupá, Massaká, Tubarao, Tubarão, Wari
People ID 15610
Country Brazil
Region Central and South America
Continent South America
10/40 Window No
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Location in Country Rondônia, west of Vilhena, near Cuiabá-Porto Velho highway   Source:  Ethnologue 2010
Country Brazil
Region Central and South America
Continent South America
10/40 Window No
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Location in Country Rondônia, west of Vilhena, near Cuiabá-Porto Velho highway.   Source:  Ethnologue 2010
Primary Language: Aikana (300 speakers)   People group listing
Language Code: tba   Ethnologue Listing
Written: Unknown
Total Languages: 1
Primary Language: Aikana (300 speakers)   People group listing
Language Code: tba   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages: 1
Primary Language: Aikana

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions No
New Testament No
Complete Bible No
Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (GRN)
Film / Video Jesus film
Primary Religion: Ethnic Religions

Major Religion Percent
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 25.00 %)
50.00 %
Ethnic Religions
50.00 %
Hinduism
0.00 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
Christian Segments Percent
Anglican
0.0 %
Independent
0.0 %
Orthodox
0.0 %
Other Christian
0.0 %
Protestant
50.0 %
Roman Catholic
50.0 %
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Profile Source: Anonymous  
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