Toba Qom in Paraguay


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Main Language
Largest Religion
Christian
Evangelical
Progress
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Introduction / History

The Toba people are also known as Qom. There is a cultural fusion between them and the Maskoy tribe. 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?

An ethnic group of hunters and fishermen, and therefore nomadic in spirit, their agriculture has always been precarious.


What Are Their Beliefs?

In terms of myths, beliefs revolving around the tiger occupy a prominent place, both for the common inhabitants of the community and for shamanism, with stories to neutralize the fear of the animal. For them, the tiger transmits power and has a privileged relationship with the shamans, who are considered its owner.

They celebrate festivals such as: Naimatac: to thank the goodness of nature and Negot Qayavó Lenaxat to give names to children. In Argentina they were very influenced by missionaries and Mennonites but still remain the healers and some syncretism.


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 that there be a clear understanding of the gospel among those who do not know the Jesus Christ of the Bible.
Pray that there be interest in spiritual things among the young.
Pray that the missionary team among the Qom maintains a high sensitivity to the culture and language of the people.


Scripture Prayers for the Toba Qom in Paraguay.


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 1,500
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 Paraguay
Region America, Latin
Continent South America
10/40 Window No
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Location in Country San Pedro department: Boquerón-Arasapety and Urukuy-Las Palmas; Presidente Hayes department: Cerrito-Cerriteño, Cerrito-Río Verde, Cerrito-Rosarino, Naiñec, and San José.   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 San Pedro department: Boquerón-Arasapety and Urukuy-Las Palmas; Presidente Hayes department: Cerrito-Cerriteño, Cerrito-Río Verde, Cerrito-Rosarino, Naiñec, and San José..   Source:  Ethnologue 2016

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Primary Religion: Christianity
Major Religion Percent
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 50.00 %)
75.00 %
Ethnic Religions
25.00 %
Hinduism
0.00 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
Primary Language Toba (1,500 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 (1,500 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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Forum Bible Agencies
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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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