The Wayuu are a clan of the greater Guajiro people who straddle Colombia and Venezuela.
When they become teenagers, girls are separated from boys and prepared for marriage by her aunt. She teaches the girl weaving skills and gives her plenty of a special tea that is intended to purge the girl of childish attitudes. After a couple of months, the girl is given a new name and there is the Chichimaya, a coming out party that starts with a fertility dance. The dancing becomes more playful at dusk when the boys dance backwards in a circle. They wave their hats daring the girls to catch them. Girls try to catch them and trip the boys by stepping on their feet.
Like other Guajiro people, the Wayuu combine Roman Catholicism with their traditional beliefs. They have a rain goddess. Yet they celebrate various Catholic holidays and baptize their babies. They are much more Christianized in Colombia than they are in Venezuela.
The Wayuu people need hospitals and schools to take care of their needs.
Pray for the Wayuu and other Guajiro clans to have all their physical and spiritual needs met.
Pray for Wayuu disciples to make more disciples.
Pray for a Jesus-focused revival to come to all Catholic communities in Colombia and Venezuela.
Scripture Prayers for the Wayuu, Guajiro in Venezuela.
|Profile Source: Joshua Project|
|People Name General||Wayuu, Guajiro|
|People Name in Country||Wayuu, Guajiro|
|Alternate Names||Arahuaco; Guajaro; Guajiro; Wayuu|
|Population this Country||370,000|
|Population all Countries||759,000|
|Progress Scale||2 ●|
|Frontier People Group||No|
|GSEC||1 (per PeopleGroups.org)|
|Pioneer Workers Needed|
|Persecution Rank||Not ranked|
|Location in Country||Mérida, Trujillo, and Zulia states: Guajira peninsula and surrounding Lake Maracaibo. Source: Ethnologue 2016|
Primary Language: Wayuu
|Bible Translation ▲||Status (Years)|
|Bible-New Testament||Yes (2002-2010)|
|Possible Print Bibles|
|Forum Bible Agencies|
|National Bible Societies|
|World Bible Finder|
|Resource Type ▲||Resource Name||Source|
|Audio Recordings||Audio Bible teaching||Global Recordings Network|
|Audio Recordings||Story of Jesus audio||Jesus Film Project|
|Film / Video||Jesus Film: view in Wayuu||Jesus Film Project|
|Film / Video||Story of Jesus for Children||Jesus Film Project|
|Film / Video||World Christian Videos||World Christian Videos|
|General||Faith Comes By Hearing - Bible in text, audio, video||Faith Comes by Hearing|
|General||Gospel resources links||Scripture Earth|
|General||YouVersion Bible versions in text and/or audio||YouVersion Bibles|
|Mobile App||Android Bible app: Wayuu||YouVersion Bibles|
|Mobile App||Bible app direct APK download||SIL|
|Mobile App||Download audio Bible app as APK file||Faith Comes by Hearing|
|Mobile App||iOS Bible app: Wayuu||YouVersion Bibles|
|Text / Printed Matter||Children and youth resources||One Hope|