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Marinawa in Peru


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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
600 Sharanahua Christianity 70.00 % 10.00 % No   

Marinawa in Peru

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Introduction / History
Summing up their history, we can say that approximately 40 years ago the group left their nomadic style of life for a semi-nomadic life. Upon leaving their home area, they entered into warfare with the
Sharanawa people and little by little began to move to the headwaters of the Purús River until they neared the border with Brazil.

They settled in seven communities within the Purús province. Their close cousins still live as nomads who live without salt, bread and even clothes. They are voluntarily uncontacted and isolated.

Where are they located?
They live in the Ucayali department of the Purús province in Peru. Six of their communities lie within the borders of Peru: Bola de Oro, Progreso, tres Bolas, Sinaí, Katay, Naranjal and one community (Tabanal) is located in Brazil even though they are considered Peruvian. In total, they are about 400 inhabitants spread out among these communities. Some live among other neighboring people groups.

What are their lives like?
They live by hunting jungle animals, fishing and also from their small fields of plantain and yucca. This is the basis of their diet and also their activities. Some of the older women plant cotton for weaving their hammocks. They also create some pottery such as pots and plates, hearkening back to their nomadic existence in the mountains.

They know very well who each of their relatives are, though many of them do not know their birth date and some cannot identify a last name.

Curiously, when they hunt, the one who is successful in catching prey gives the animal to the one who was unsuccessful.

More than 90% of them cannot read or write. Their language is recognized officially as an unwritten one. However, unofficially they have a script and there are plans to teach some of their leaders how to utilize the script in the coming year. Their grammar is being finished so that the New Testament may be translated into their language.

Their ancestral enemies are the Sharanawas because they have looked down on the group since they ceased to live as nomads.

What are their beliefs?
They do not worship a specific deity. However, their lives are dominated by spirits called "ñushi". They greatly fear these spirits which present themselves in several forms. They are animists.

What are their needs?
They need medicines for sicknesses such as tuberculosis, anemia, chronic malnutrition, skin fungus, gastritis, UTA and parasites. Clean water wells are needed as well as better kitchens. They lack education and need a long-term education project, a training center for teachers and computer skills. Also needed is help in developing business opportunities. The building of a church and the translation of the Bible are also important needs.

Prayer Points
* Pray they will have their needs met in good time.
* Pray for the completion of the Mastanawa grammar.
* Pray for more Christians who will desire to work with them in the area of health, education and technical development.
* Pray for the availability of the Jesus Film in the primary language of this people.

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Country: Peru
Continent: South America
Region: America, Latin
10/40 Window: No
Location in Country:Madre de Dios and Ucayali regions: upper Purús river area.
(Source: Ethnologue 2016)
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People Name in Country: Marinawa
People Name General: Marinawa
Alternate People Names:
ROP3 Code: 108915
Joshua Project People ID: 14894
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 600
Population all Countries: 1,100
Least-Reached: No
Affinity Bloc: Latin-Caribbean Americans
People Cluster: South American Indigenous
People Name General: Marinawa
Ethnic Code: MIR39d
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
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Primary Language: Sharanahua (600 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): mcd    Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages: 1
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Christianity
Religion Sub-division:Roman Catholic
Major Religions:
Buddhism0.00 % 
Christianity70.00 %(Evangelical: 10.00 %)
Ethnic Religions30.00 % 
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]   Evangelicals have a modest presence.
Least-Reached: No
GSEC Status:Level 6   Greater than or equal to 10% Evangelical
Bible Translation Status
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Bible Portions: 1973-2002
New Testament:
Complete Bible: None Reported
Possible Bible Sources: Forum of Bible Agencies
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Ministry Resources [7]
Audio RecordingsMegaVoice Audio Bible and Stories
Audio RecordingsAudio Bible teaching (GRN)
Audio RecordingsOnline New Testament (FCBH)
Text / Printed MatterBible: Diospan Tsain
Text / Printed MatterOnline Bible text (Scripture Earth)
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Marinawa in Peru

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