Tuesday, 29 July 2008

Mexico photos - Tarahumara

The Tarahumara are one of the many tribal groups in Mexico. There are about 70,000 Tarahumara and they mostly live in the area of the Copper Canyon in Chihuahua, often living remotely in caves or in rock shelters. From what I could gather, they did not seem to live a very happy life. They have been confused in their understanding about God and have combined their traditional animistic beliefs with elements of Roman Catholicism, thus creating a belief system that is not based on the truth of God's Word but on something that they have made up in their own minds. For example, when planting a field, they often errect wooden crosses at every corner, believing in a superstition that this will protect the field from evil spirits. Sadly, most Tarahumara have never understood the true meaning of the cross and its life-changing, hope-giving, peace-instilling, sin-forgiving power. That's why there are Christian workers living among them to tell them that they are loved immensely by God and that He has provided a way for them to have a personal relationship with Him through Jesus Christ.

A cave home

Inside the cave

Who will tell them about the true meaning of the cross?

Tarahumara selling crafts to tourists at Mushroom Valley

Tarahumara language

Tarahumara children at the waterfall

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