The Teribe people say their ancestors were part of the pre-Colombian Chiriquí civilization 10,000 years ago. Initially the Spaniards didn’t like what they saw in Costa Rica so they bypassed it for years. Eventually that changed. As a war-like people, the Teribe fought hard against the Spaniards but were eventually overwhelmed. The Spanish brought them smallpox which greatly reduced their population.
The Teribe people are matrilineal, meaning that the family line is traced from the mother’s side. She also has much decision making power. Ironically, they are among the few Native American groups with a king.
There is tension between the Teribe and the Costa Rican government regarding the Diquís Hydroelectric Project. Another point of conflict is about educational opportunities.
There is a lot of historical bad blood between them and the Catholic Church. Catholic clergy deliberately introduced smallpox to their community. They reacted by burning Catholic churches. The Teribe are more likely to be Protestant than Roman Catholic.
The Seventh Day Adventist church is very important to them. The Teribe believe in Sibö as the god of creation. They give spiritual significance to the Térraba River.
Like most people groups around the world, the Teribe need to put all their faith in Jesus Christ.
Pray for their Seventh Day Adventist churches to put Christ first. May he be central to their faith.
Pray for Teribe disciples who will make more disciples.
Pray for the Lord to bless them economically and spiritually.
Scripture Prayers for the Teribe in Costa Rica.
|Profile Source: Joshua Project|
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|Location in Country||Puntarenas province: near Boruca Reservation. Source: Ethnologue 2016|
Primary Language: Teribe
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|Bible-New Testament||Yes (2008)|
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|General||Faith Comes By Hearing - Bible in text, audio, video||Faith Comes by Hearing|
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