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Otomi, Sierra Oriental in Mexico

Otomi, Sierra Oriental

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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
59,000 Otomi, Eastern Highland Christianity 80.00 % 5.00 % No   

Otomi, Sierra Oriental in Mexico

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Introduction / History
The Otomi speakers of southern Mexico share their mountain homeland in close proximity with three other cultural communities. This arrangement started in the 17th century when Spanish governors gathered small, scattered populations together "within the sound of the bell," to give administrators and missionaries better control over the indigenous populations.

Across hillside fields, families plant maize, beans and chili peppers they will eat. People also raise coffee or sugar cane as cash crops. Though some Otomi keep domestic fowl for personal use, they do not typically raise any livestock. And today, many migrate to cities or immigrate to the U.S. for better jobs.

Several villages produce colorful, decorative clothing. Women still typically wear dresses and blouses with this embroidery. They also sell their stitchery, varying in size and intricacy, from small napkins and blouses to large bedspreads.

People have learned to make paper from the bark of several specific fig tree varieties. Local painters covet this bark paper called "amate" for their art. Talented Otomi also design jewelry, beads and small bags.

What are their beliefs?
In their largest town, as many as 70 percent of the residents may claim they are Christians. And in the wider region, it's about 20 percent. Despite those positive numbers, most Otomi believers also venerate the spirit world. Many have not learned that the one, true God of the Bible has ultimate authority in both the natural and the spirit.

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Country: Mexico
Continent: North America
Region: America, Latin
Persecution Rank:38 (Only top 50 ranked, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
10/40 Window: No
Location in Country:Hidalgo state: Huehuetla, Otomi de la Sierra Baja, Otomi-Tepehua, and San Bartolo Tutotepec municipalities; Puebla state: Pahuatlan, Pantepec, Tlacuilotepec, Tlaxco municipalities; Veracruz state: Ixhuatlan de Madero and Tlachichilco municipalities.
(Source: Ethnologue 2016)
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People Name in Country: Otomi, Sierra Oriental
People Name General: Otomi, Sierra Oriental
Alternate People Names:
Eastern OtomiOtomi de la Sierra
SierraSierra, Eastern
ROP3 Code: 108991
Joshua Project People ID: 14940
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 59,000
Population all Countries: 59,000
Least-Reached: No
Affinity Bloc: Latin-Caribbean Americans
People Cluster: Otomi
People Name General: Otomi, Sierra Oriental
Ethnic Code: MIR37d
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
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Primary Language: Otomi, Eastern Highland
Language Code (ISO): otm    Ethnologue Listing
Secondary Languages:
Spanish (Unknown)
Total Languages: 2
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Christianity
Major Religions:
Buddhism0.00 % 
Christianity80.00 %(Evangelical: 5.00 %)
Ethnic Religions20.00 % 
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 Catholic0.00 %
(Evangelicals distributed across Christianity segments)
Progress Indicators [5]
Progress Scale[6]   Evangelicals have a modest presence.
Least-Reached: No
COMIMEX Morelia Scale:Level 6   Church in spiritual growth
GSEC Status:Level 5   Greater than or equal to 5% Evangelical
Bible Translation Status
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Bible Portions: 1951-2004
New Testament:
Complete Bible: None Reported
Possible Bible Sources: Forum of Bible Agencies
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Ministry Resources [7]
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Otomi, Sierra Oriental in Mexico

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    Otomi     America, Latin    
      Otomi, Sierra Oriental Mexico    
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