Quiche People of Guatemala

Guatemala has 23 different language groups. The Quiche, with a population of 1.2 million, represent the most populous Mayan group within Guatemala. The majority of the Quiche are underemployed and survive off their scant corn crops. Children under the age of five have the highest chronic malnutrition rates in the western hemisphere. Worldwide, indigenous people such as the Quiche, have the lowest life expectancies because they suffer from high rates of alcoholism, malnutrition, and infectious diseases. The Quiche are a very spiritual people with ancient traditions They are noted for mixing Mayan with Catholic practices. Although many would call themselves Christian, they follow the ancient Mayan beliefs and pagan practices, forming a contradictory and confused religious system. Even though many Quiche have heard about Jesus, they do not understand who He is, nor what salvation means. The Quiche must hear the Bible in their heart language in order to understand it. 
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Guatemala's tropical climate stays relatively warm throughout the year. The geography is marked by several mountain ranges and patches of desert-like terrain. In the highlands, the temperatures tend to be a bit cooler.
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