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Shuar, Jivaro in Ecuador

Shuar, Jivaro

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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
69,000 Shuar Ethnic Religions 10.00 % 0.50 %   

Shuar, Jivaro in Ecuador

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Introduction / History
The Shuar are one of several indigenous tribal groups which reside in the SouthEastern portion of Ecuador, a jungle/rainforest area. The Shuar gained notoriety for their custom of shrinking heads of victims. Eventually Ecuador had to outlaw the practice because the popularity of buying shrunken heads as souvenirs was driving the practice to continue. The group has been fiercely agressive and independent enough to fend off colonization by the Spanish. On one occasion the group retaliated violently to an attempt to tax them. They raided settlements and killed thousands of people. They allegedly poured melted gold down the throat of the governor who tried to impose the tax.

Where are they located?
SE portion of Ecuador in South America....East of the city of Macas.

What are their lives like?
Previously the Shuar were nomadic, but have since established themselves in permanent dwellings.

A rite of passage for a young man involves the drinking of water containing the extract of a bark that induces hallucinations.

What are their beliefs?
There is now Christian work. The northern area of the Shuar have had Christian work for more than 10 years; but work in the Southern portion has mostly begun during the last 10 years (Baptist work). The larger Shuar community retain animistic beliefs. A belief of theirs has been that if someone dies from disease, the death was actually killed by invisible darts.


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Country: Ecuador
Continent: South America
Region: America, Latin
10/40 Window: No
Location in Country:Morona-Santiago province: east of Cuenca City.
(Source: Ethnologue 2016)
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People Name in Country: Shuar, Jivaro
People Name General: Shuar
Alternate People Names:
ROP3 Code: 108965
Joshua Project People ID: 14920
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 69,000
Population all Countries: 69,000
Least-Reached: No
Affinity Bloc: Latin-Caribbean Americans
People Cluster: Amazon
People Name General: Shuar
Ethnic Code: MIR39d
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
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Primary Language: Shuar (69,000 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): jiv    Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages: 1
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Ethnic Religions
Major Religions:
Buddhism0.00 % 
Christianity10.00 %(Evangelical: 0.50 %)
Ethnic Religions90.00 % 
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 2   Less than 2% Evangelical. Initial (localized) church planting within past 2 years
Bible Translation Status
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Bible Portions: 1939-1966
New Testament:
Complete Bible: 2010
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)
Film / VideoJesus Film: view in Shuar
Text / Printed MatterBible: Yus Papí: Shuarja̱i̱ Yus Yamar ...
Text / Printed MatterOnline Bible text (Scripture Earth)
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Shuar, Jivaro in Ecuador

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People Cluster
    Amazon     America, Latin    
      Shuar Ecuador    
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            Shuar, Jivaro in Ecuador          
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      Ethnic Religions     Shuar  
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