Aymara, Chilean in Chile

Aymara, Chilean
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People Name: Aymara, Chilean
Country: Chile
10/40 Window: No
Population: 125,000
World Population: 1,846,500
Primary Language: Aymara, Central
Primary Religion: Christianity
Christian Adherents: 78.00 %
Evangelicals: 17.00 %
Scripture: Complete Bible
Online Audio NT: Yes
Jesus Film: Yes
Audio Recordings: Yes
People Cluster: Aymara
Affinity Bloc: Latin-Caribbean Americans
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Introduction / History

The Aymara people were conquered by the Incan Empire in the 1400s and the Spanish Empire starting in 1535. Spaniards used them as virtual slaves and miners shoved them aside to find gold.
Aymara people have needed to adjust to other cultures: the Incans, Spaniards and today’s modern culture. Today they live primarily in the Andean nations of Bolivia and Peru, but some live further south in Argentina or Chile.

What Are Their Lives Like?

The Aymara eke out an existence in a land of rocky, poor soil and harsh winds. Their crops include corn, quinoa, potatoes, beans, barley and wheat. Grassy fields feed their alpacas and llamas. They use rowboats for fishing.
Aymara live in extended families with a man, his wife and children and his brothers and their families under one roof. This pattern is changing as the Aymaras become more urbanized. Many are earning wages in an urban setting.

What Are Their Beliefs?

Though they have a high percentage of Christians, the Aymara have a Christian faith that centers around the afterlife and heaven. For their daily lives they call upon diviners, magicians and medicine men. They believe witches and spirits hold much power.

What Are Their Needs?

The Aymara need to put all their hope in the power and goodness of Jesus Christ.

Prayer Points

Pray for the Aymara people to overcome the historical abuse of the Catholic Church and put their faith in Jesus Christ and none other.
Pray for Aymaras who love the Lord to disciple others to make more disciples.
Pray for an abundant harvest for the Aymaras this year as a testimony of his power and goodness. May they give him praise!

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