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Parakana in Brazil


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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
1,000 Parakana Ethnic Religions 20.00 % 2.00 % No   

Parakana in Brazil

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Introduction / History
In north-central Brazil, rivers braid the landscape, pouring through the rainforests of the Amazon Basin. There the Parakanã people have made their home for many generations.

Throughout the Parakanã's Amazon homeland, rivers team with fish. Cashews, oil palms and other forest products are available for the industrious to claim and sell. Gardens provide corn, beans, cassava, yams and various fruits. Many of the people grow sugar cane or keep domesticated stock and fowl.

In mingling with outsiders, the Parakanã know that their traditional lifestyle may be in jeopardy. They need a firm, unshakable foundation to weather the social challenges facing them individually and as a people.

What are their beliefs?
Some among the Parakanã have come to faith in Christ through the Scripture portions already available in their language. But many still fear the spirits they have long believed control their lives. In this fear-based system, traditional religion practitioners hold ultimate authority over relationships, health issues and spiritual uncertainties. People pay dearly for consultations with these spirit mediators.

There are no statistics available regarding the number of Christians among the Parakanã. Scripture portions are available in their language, and now Parakanã speakers have been trained as Bible translators themselves. This project will give the Church some seriously needed background from the Old Testament, Church history and pastoral material.

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Country: Brazil
Continent: South America
Region: America, Latin
10/40 Window: No
Total Provinces on file:1
Location in Country:Pará state: lower Xingú river, near São Felix and Altamira towns.
(Source: Ethnologue 2016)
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Ethnolinguistic Map:University of Texas or other map
Linguistic Map:Ethnologue language map
  Peoples [3]
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People Name in Country: Parakana
People Name General: Parakana
ROP3 Code: 107880
Joshua Project People ID: 14313
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 1,000
Population all Countries: 1,000
Least-Reached: No
Affinity Bloc: Latin-Caribbean Americans
People Cluster: Guarani
People Name General: Parakana
Ethnic Code: MIR39e
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
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Primary Language: Parakana (1,000 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): pak    Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages: 1
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Ethnic Religions
Major Religions:
Buddhism0.00 % 
Christianity20.00 %(Evangelical: 2.00 %)
Ethnic Religions80.00 % 
Hinduism0.00 % 
Islam0.00 % 
Non-Religious0.00 % 
Other / Small0.00 % 
Unknown0.00 % 
Christianity Segments:
Anglican0.00 %
Independent0.00 %
Protestant10.00 %
Orthodox0.00 %
Other Christian0.00 %
Roman Catholic90.00 %
(Evangelicals distributed across Christianity segments)
Progress Indicators [5]
Progress Scale[6]   Evangelicals have only a very small representation among all who claim to be Christians.
Least-Reached: No
GSEC Status:Level 4   Greater than or equal to 2% Evangelical
Bible Translation Status
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Bible Portions: Yes
New Testament: None Reported
Complete Bible: None Reported
Possible Bible Sources: Forum of Bible Agencies
 World Bible Finder
 World Christian Resource Directory
 Gospel Go
Ministry Resources [7]
Audio RecordingsMegaVoice Audio Bible and Stories
Audio RecordingsAudio Bible teaching (GRN)
Film / VideoJesus Film: view in Parakana
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Parakana in Brazil

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    Guarani     America, Latin    
      Parakana Brazil    
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