Purepecha, Sierra Occidental in Mexico


Population
223,000
Christian
Evangelical
Largest Religion
Progress
Progress Gauge

Introduction / History

The Western Highland Purepecha were christianized as part of Spanish Conquista. The church ideas were assimilated by Purepecha people but not understood well until the 20th century. Mass was held in Latin until the 1950s, then Spanish. More recently Mass is sometimes in Purepecha but usually still in Spanish. Evanglicals use more Purepecha, but even there it is often Spanish because there are no Bible schools in Purepecha yet.

Scripture portions were translated in the 1580s, the New Testament in 1968 and the whole Bible is now being translated as a United Bible Society project. The people are open to the Gospel when presented appropriately. The Purepecha are mostly modernized (mobile phones, CD, television, radio, post-secondary education, etc.) but there are also areas that are still less developed (no plumbing, minimal education, etc.).


Profile Source:   Anonymous  
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People Name General Purepecha, Sierra Occidental
People Name in Country Purepecha, Sierra Occidental
Population in Mexico 223,000
World Population 273,000
Total Countries 2
Indigenous Yes
Least-Reached No
Progress Scale 4
GSEC 2  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Alternate Names Tarasco
People ID 18910
ROP3 Code 114871
Country Mexico
Region Central and South America
Continent North America
10/40 Window No
Persecution Rank 40  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Location in Country Michoacan   Source:  COMIMEX, 2004
Country Mexico
Region Central and South America
Continent North America
10/40 Window No
Persecution Rank 40  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Location in Country Michoacan.   Source:  COMIMEX, 2004

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Ethnologue Language Map

Primary Language: Purepecha, Western Highland (223,000 speakers)   People group listing
Language Code: pua   Ethnologue Listing
Written: Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Primary Dialect: Purepecha, Sierra Occidental
Dialect Code: 15804   Global Recordings Listing
Total Languages: 1
Primary Language: Purepecha, Western Highland (223,000 speakers)   People group listing
Language Code: pua   Ethnologue Listing
Primary Dialect: Purepecha, Sierra Occidental
Dialect Code: 15804   Global Recordings Listing
Total Languages: 1
Primary Language: Purepecha, Western Highland

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions Yes   (2006)
New Testament Yes   (1968)
Complete Bible No
 
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Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (GRN)
Text / Printed Matter Online Bible text (Scripture Earth)
Primary Religion: Ethnic Religions

Major Religion Percent
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 5.00 %)
45.00 %
Ethnic Religions
55.00 %
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
0.0 %
Roman Catholic
100.0 %
Profile Source: Anonymous  
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