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Matses in Peru


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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
5,300 Matses Ethnic Religions 5.00 % 0.20 % No   

Matses in Peru

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Introduction / History
The Matses are a tribe of Peru and Brazil in the Amazon. They speak Matses and Spanish and Portuguese is also spoken. They live between the Javari and Galvez rivers. Many live in the Matses Indigenous Reserve. They hunt and sell meat to help them earn a living. Matses means 'people' in their language. They are also called Mayoruna.

At the present time they are having problems with poachers and illegal logging. It has been said that their living conditions have gotten worse and that they could become extinct.

The Matses know about animal and plant life where they are and rely on this in the forests. They hunt with bow and arrows. Their religion is animist and they worship human and animal spirits. They were first to make contact with the outside world when SIL missionaries came to them in the late 1960s.

The Matses practice polygamy and like cross-cousin marriages. There was conflict between them and the Peruvian government but they are at peace with them now. Each village has its own chief. There are difficulties in them getting medicines. Maybe medical staff who are Christians could help them in this area.

Prayer Points
* Pray that the contact they had with SIL missionaries in the past will help bring
the Matses to Jesus Christ.
* Pray that the troubles they are having will lead them to salvation.
* Pray that the Matses will not become extinct.


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Country: Peru
Continent: South America
Region: America, Latin
10/40 Window: No
Location in Country:Loreto region: lower Yaquerana river and tributaries; lower Yavari on Chobayacu and Gálvez rivers.
(Source: Ethnologue 2016)
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People Name in Country: Matses
People Name General: Matses
Alternate People Names:
ROP3 Code: 106444
Joshua Project People ID: 13606
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 5,300
Population all Countries: 6,200
Least-Reached: Yes
Affinity Bloc: Latin-Caribbean Americans
People Cluster: Amazon
People Name General: Matses
Ethnic Code: MIR39d
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
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Primary Language: Matses (5,300 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): mcf    Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages: 1
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Ethnic Religions
Major Religions:
Buddhism0.00 % 
Christianity5.00 %(Evangelical: 0.20 %)
Ethnic Religions95.00 % 
Hinduism0.00 % 
Islam0.00 % 
Non-Religious0.00 % 
Other / Small0.00 % 
Unknown0.00 % 
Christianity Segments:
Anglican0.00 %
Independent0.00 %
Protestant0.00 %
Orthodox0.00 %
Other Christian0.00 %
Roman Catholic100.00 %
(Evangelicals distributed across Christianity segments)
Progress Indicators [5]
Progress Scale[6]   Few evangelicals and few who claim to be Christians. Little, if any, history of Christianity.
Least-Reached: Yes
GSEC Status:Level 6   Greater than or equal to 10% Evangelical
Bible Translation Status
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Bible Portions: 1976-1988
New Testament:
Complete Bible: None Reported
Possible Bible Sources: Forum of Bible Agencies
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 World Christian Resource Directory
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Ministry Resources [7]
Audio RecordingsMegaVoice Audio Bible and Stories
Audio RecordingsAudio Bible teaching (GRN)
Film / VideoJesus Film: view in Matses
Text / Printed MatterBible: Esuquidistu Chuiquin Tantiamete
Text / Printed MatterOnline Bible text (Scripture Earth)
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Matses in Peru

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    Amazon     America, Latin    
      Matses Peru    
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            Matses in Peru          
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