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Saturday, February 25, 2017
Mexico: first Bible in Mayan language
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¬†Half a million people in the State of Chiapas in Mexico now have access to a Bible in their own Tseltal-Mayan language, thanks to a twelve year translation project run by the Jesuits. The Jesuit Mission in Bachajůn committed itself to the huge project of Bible translation, with the help of two Tseltal people and the Jesuit Theological Institute of Mexico. The project was co-ordinated by Eugenio Maurer Avalos SJ. In a statement they said: "This work can act as an instrument of learning, enrich the idiom and, above all, make the Word accessible." The Jesuits, who founded this Mission in 1958, have immersed themselves in the culture of the indigenous people and worked to help this marginalised Mayan group. They run projects dealing with alcoholism, the destruction of the land, malnutrition, discrimination and repression by the public authorities. Knowing the Tseltal language helps the Jesuits to offer advice on legal matters and to approach community organisations and literacy. The Zapatist uprising in 1994 spurred the Jesuits on to double their efforts in development projects such as the coffee trade, strengthen their work for peace education and fight against human rights violations. Source: Jesuit News Service
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