Purepecha, Sierra Occidental in Mexico


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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.).


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* Scripture Prayers for the Purepecha, Sierra Occidental in Mexico.


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People Name General Purepecha, Sierra Occidental
People Name in Country Purepecha, Sierra Occidental
Pronunciation poo-DAY-peh-chah, see-AY-dah
World Population 271,000
Total Countries 2
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 4
Unreached No
Frontier People Group No
GSEC 2  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Pioneer Workers Needed
Alternate Names Tarasco
People ID 18910
ROP3 Code 114871
Country Mexico
Region America, Latin
Continent North America
10/40 Window No
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Location in Country Michoacán state: Comachuén east, Cañada de los Once Pueblos north, Nuevo Parangaricutiro south; Tarecuato west; Jalisco state: Jilotlan de los Dolores municipality, small border aea.   Source:  Ethnologue 2016
Country Mexico
Region America, Latin
Continent North America
10/40 Window No
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Location in Country Michoacán state: Comachuén east, Cañada de los Once Pueblos north, Nuevo Parangaricutiro south; Tarecuato west; Jalisco state: Jilotlan de los Dolores municipality, small border aea..   Source:  Ethnologue 2016

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Ethnologue Language Map

Primary Language Purepecha, Western Highland (220,000 speakers)
Language Code pua   Ethnologue Listing
Primary Dialect Purepecha, Sierra Occidental
Dialect Code 15804   Global Recordings Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 1
Primary Language Purepecha, Western Highland (220,000 speakers)
Language Code pua   Ethnologue Listing
Primary Dialect Purepecha, Sierra Occidental
Dialect Code 15804   Global Recordings Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Purepecha, Western Highland

Primary Language:  Purepecha, Western Highland

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (2006)
Bible-New Testament Yes  (1968–2012)
Bible-Complete 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 %
Photo Source Edgar a secas  Creative Commons  Used with permission
Profile Source Anonymous  
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