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Purepecha, Sierra Occidental in Mexico

Purepecha, Sierra Occidental

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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
222,000 Purepecha, Western Highland Ethnic Religions 45.00 % 5.00 % No No   

Purepecha, Sierra Occidental in Mexico

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Introduction / History
The Western Highland Purepecha were christianized as part of Spanish Conquista. The church ideas were assimilated by Purepecha people but not understood well until the 20th century. Mass was held in Latin until the 1950s, then Spanish. More recently Mass is sometimes in Purepecha but usually still in Spanish. Evanglicals use more Purepecha, but even there it is often Spanish because there are no Bible schools in Purepecha yet.

Scripture portions were translated in the 1580s, the New Testament in 1968 and the whole Bible is now being translated as a United Bible Society project. The people are open to the Gospel when presented appropriately. The Purepecha are mostly modernized (mobile phones, CD, television, radio, post-secondary education, etc.) but there are also areas that are still less developed (no plumbing, minimal education, etc.).

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Country: Mexico
Continent: North America
Region: America, Latin
10/40 Window: No
Location in Country:Michoacán state: Comachuén east, Cañada de los Once Pueblos north, Nuevo Parangaricutiro south; Tarecuato west; Jalisco state: Jilotlan de los Dolores municipality, small border aea.
(Source: Ethnologue 2016)
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People Name in Country: Purepecha, Sierra Occidental
People Name General: Purepecha, Sierra Occidental
Alternate People Names:
ROP3 Code: 114871
Joshua Project People ID: 18910
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 222,000
Population all Countries: 273,000
Least-Reached: No
Affinity Bloc: Latin-Caribbean Americans
People Cluster: Central American Indigenous, other
People Name General: Purepecha, Sierra Occidental
Ethnic Code: MIR37g
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
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Primary Language: Purepecha, Western Highland (222,000 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): pua    Ethnologue Listing
Primary Dialect:Purepecha, Sierra Occidental
Dialect Code:15804
Total Languages: 1
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Ethnic Religions
Major Religions:
Buddhism0.00 % 
Christianity45.00 %(Evangelical: 5.00 %)
Ethnic Religions55.00 % 
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
COMIMEX Morelia Scale:Level 2   Sporadic knowledge of the Gospel
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: 2006
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)
Text / Printed MatterOnline Bible text (Scripture Earth)
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Purepecha, Sierra Occidental in Mexico

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