Mixteco, Sinicahua in Mexico

Mixteco, Sinicahua
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People Name: Mixteco, Sinicahua
Country: Mexico
10/40 Window: No
Population: 1,800
World Population: 1,800
Primary Language: Mixtec, Sinicahua
Primary Religion: Christianity
Christian Adherents: 95.00 %
Evangelicals: 0.15 %
Scripture: Translation Needed
Online Audio NT: No
Jesus Film: No
Audio Recordings: Yes
People Cluster: Mixteco
Affinity Bloc: Latin-Caribbean Americans
Progress Level:

Introduction / History

Mixtec groups live in the mountains of Southern Mexico. They maintain a pre-Columbian language and culture. They have their own language, though most also speak Spanish. One of their subgroups is the Sinicahua.

What Are Their Lives Like?

Today the Sinicahua Mixtecs are usually subsistence farmers who grow corn, beans and squash. Their farming equipment is usually basic. They improve their diet through hunting and fishing. They go to the forests to collect things to sell in the markets. They sell woven and ceramic goods as well.

The culture of the Mixtec is both hierarchical and patriarchal. Those who move to the US usually maintain very strong cultural, family, and financial ties to their communities of origin. Most are oral learners and do not read or write in their own language.

What Are Their Beliefs?

The primary religion practiced by the Sinicahua Mixtec people is a form of folk Catholicism. They revere Catholic saints, nature spirits and their ancestors, whom they believe are the guardians of Mixtec ways. They have regular fiestas to honor and revere their gods and patron saints.

What Are Their Needs?

The Mixtec people need to put their trust and identity in the hands of the loving God of Creation who sent his son to make it possible for them to enter the Kingdom of God.

Prayer Points

Pray for a "Book of Acts" type of movement to Christ among the Sinicahua Mixtec.

Pray God will have mercy on the Sinicahua Mixtec, doing whatever it takes to place them in a position to receive him.

Pray for the Lord to send his ambassadors to the Sinicahua Mixtecos.

Pray for an unstoppable movement to Christ among them.

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