Toba Qom in Argentina


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Introduction / History

The Toba people are also known as Qom. They live in Argentina and a smaller number are in Paraguay.

The Qom people were hunters and gatherers before the arrival of the Spaniards. Ironically, their resistance to the Spaniards involved using horses for raids. They used horses well both in the grasslands and through wooded areas. The Qom managed to defend themselves from pumas and jaguars who would jump on them from tree branches. They used bows and arrows effectively, but later used firearms to conduct their night-time raids on settlements.

The first conquest of the Qom homeland began in 1884 and lasted until 1916. They called this the Conquest of the Gran Chaco. There were various massacres, and the Qom were eventually forced to work on cotton plantations.


What Are Their Lives Like?

In the 21st century there was controversy regarding the traditional Qom homeland. There were plans to build a university on their homeland, in Argentina’s Formosa Province. This led to demonstrations, even in the Argentine capital. The issue remains unresolved. Others have suffered from tuberculosis and malnutrition.


What Are Their Beliefs?

Although most have a relationship with the Roman Catholic Church, the Qom often participate in both shamanistic and animistic practices. They believe in a supreme being and local spirits. Their shamanistic practices often involve the use of animals, especially for medicinal purposes.

Their Christian influence not only comes from the Roman Catholic Church, but also various Protestant groups like the Anglicans and Pentecostals. There have been a number of shamans who have become leaders in Protestant churches.


What Are Their Needs?

Especially in Argentina, the Qom need their traditional lands protected from outsiders. Both agribusiness and urbanization threatens their land rights. They also face serious health threats. Many have died of tuberculosis and even starvation.


Prayer Points

Pray for there be clear understanding of the gospel message among those who do not know Jesus Christ of the Bible.
Pray there will be increased interest in spiritual things among the young.
Pray the missionary team among the Qom will maintains high sensitivity to the culture and language of the people.
Pray for them to put all their faith in Jesus Christ rather than shamans and spirits.


Scripture Prayers for the Toba Qom in Argentina.


Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

People Name General Toba Qom
People Name in Country Toba Qom
Alternate Names Com; Qom Lik; Sanapana Toba; Toba Sur
Population this Country 141,000
Population all Countries 143,000
Total Countries 2
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 5
Unreached No
Frontier People Group No
GSEC 6  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Pioneer Workers Needed
People ID 15517
ROP3 Code 110108
ROP25 Code 308202
ROP25 Name Toba (South America)
Country Argentina
Region America, Latin
Continent South America
10/40 Window No
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Location in Country Chaco province: Bermejito, Castelli, Fontana, La Leonesa, Las Palmas, Miraflores, Pampa del Indio, Pcia, Resistencia, Roca, Saenz Peña, San Martín, Tres Isletas; Corrientes province; Formosa province: El Colorado, Misión Laishí, San Carlos; Santa Fe province: Rosario.   Source:  Ethnologue 2016
Country Argentina
Region America, Latin
Continent South America
10/40 Window No
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Location in Country Chaco province: Bermejito, Castelli, Fontana, La Leonesa, Las Palmas, Miraflores, Pampa del Indio, Pcia, Resistencia, Roca, Saenz Peña, San Martín, Tres Isletas; Corrientes province; Formosa province: El Colorado, Misión Laishí, San Carlos; Santa Fe province: Rosario..   Source:  Ethnologue 2016

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Primary Religion: Christianity
Major Religion Percent
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 50.00 %)
95.00 %
Ethnic Religions
4.00 %
Hinduism
0.00 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
1.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
Primary Language Toba (141,000 speakers)
Language Code tob   Ethnologue Listing
Primary Dialect Toba Qom
Dialect Code 22280   Global Recordings Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 1
Primary Language Toba (141,000 speakers)
Language Code tob   Ethnologue Listing
Primary Dialect Toba Qom
Dialect Code 22280   Global Recordings Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Toba

Primary Language:  Toba

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1964-1994)
Bible-New Testament Yes  (1980-2011)
Bible-Complete Yes  (2013)
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YouVersion NT (www.bible.com) Online
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Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching Global Recordings Network
Film / Video LUMO film of Gospels Bible Media Group/LUMO
General Faith Comes By Hearing - Bible in text or audio or video Faith Comes by Hearing
General Scripture Earth Gospel resources links Scripture Earth
General YouVersion Bible versions in text and/or audio YouVersion Bibles
Mobile App Android Bible app: Toba YouVersion Bibles
Mobile App iOS Bible app: Toba YouVersion Bibles
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