Mbya Guarani in Paraguay


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Introduction / History

The Mbya are a subgroup of the greater Guarani groups. They live in Brazil, Argentina and Paraguay. Mbya means "us" or "our people." Not surprisingly, other Guarani subgroup names have similar meaning. Their subgroup is also defined by their Mbya dialect.


What Are Their Lives Like?

They are currently sedentary, and used to feed by hunting, fishing and gathering. Because their habitat is the jungle, intensive deforestation is leading to their disappearance.

The reduction, disappearance and contamination of their living spaces suitable for sustaining their traditional ways of feeding have forced them to adopt those of the yuruá (white) with serious and progressive deterioration of their health.

Recently, there has been a growing presence of prostitution and addictions: alcoholism, drug addiction, inhalants in Asunción, Central, Alto Paraná. Most are illiterate and do not receive medical attention.


What Are Their Beliefs?

The payés (opy'guá or lord of the op'y) -traditional doctors- are in charge of healing with medicinal plants, of attracting the rains, of divining the future, of propitiating good hunts and harvests, of directing the ritual songs and dances and of giving a Guaraní name to the newborns. Their most important function would be the narration of creation myths that also have healing power. There are different hierarchies among them according to their age, experience and power.


What Are Their Needs?

The Mbya Guarani people don’t have the Scriptures in their language. They need an accurate translation and oral gospel materials.


Prayer Points

Pray for the Holy Spirit to move powerfully among all evangelical churches, pastors, leaders and mission agencies that support the ministry among the Mbya.
Pray for the communities that still do not know Christ.
May they be free from all manipulation, abuse, spiritual bondage and deception.


Scripture Prayers for the Guarani, Mbya in Paraguay.


References

Samaritan’s Purse


Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

People Name General Guarani, Mbya
People Name in Country Guarani, Mbya
Natural Name Mbya Guarani
Alternate Names Apyteré; Brazilian Guarani; Chiripa; Chiripa - Guaraní; Guaraní; Guarani, Brazilian; Guarani-Brasileiro; Guarani-Mbya; Mbia; Mbya; Mbyá; Tarumá
Population this Country 22,000
Population all Countries 39,000
Total Countries 3
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 2
Unreached No
Frontier People Group No
GSEC 1  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Pioneer Workers Needed
People ID 10962
ROP3 Code 101658
ROP25 Code 302878
ROP25 Name Gurarani, Mbya
Country Paraguay
Region America, Latin
Continent South America
10/40 Window No
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Location in Country Widespread, east, central, and south. Alternate Names Ka’yngua, Mbua, Mbya, Mbyá, Mbya-apytere   Source:  Ethnologue 2016
Country Paraguay
Region America, Latin
Continent South America
10/40 Window No
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Location in Country Widespread, east, central, and south. Alternate Names Ka’yngua, Mbua, Mbya, Mbyá, Mbya-apytere.   Source:  Ethnologue 2016

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Primary Religion: Ethnic Religions
Major Religion Percent
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 2.00 %)
15.00 %
Ethnic Religions
85.00 %
Hinduism
0.00 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
Primary Language Guarani, Mbya
Language Code gun   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 1
Primary Language Guarani, Mbya
Language Code gun   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Guarani, Mbya
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