Posts Tagged ‘Guarani’

“Those who go out weeping, bearing the seed for sowing, shall come home with shouts of joy, carrying their sheaves.” –Psalm 126:6 Indigenous people in Paraguay have largely had a difficult post-contact experience. Even the Guarani, who survived through strategic alliances with the Spanish, faced exploitation, enslavement, and expulsion. Many tribes are now located on […]


Anglophiles in Asunción were aflutter last week with Paul McCartney’s first-ever visit to Paraguay. Last Tuesday he performed to 30,000 ecstatic fans, wowing them not only with his music, but also with his efforts to speak Guaraní. After the event, one enthusiastic concertgoer commented on McCartney’s website: For some time now, if they had told […]


We enjoyed reading the recent New York Times article on the prevalence of the Guaraní language in Paraguay. The article accurately captures how widespread the language is, and how ingrained it is in the popular culture. We hear a fair amount of Guaraní spoken in church. One pastor explained that the language establishes a closer […]


War Stories

14Mar12

“I am for peace, but when they speak, they are for war.” Psalm 120:7 Paraguay’s national history and identity have been shaped by two wars. In the War of the Triple Alliance (1864-70) Paraguay confronted Brazil, Uruguay, and Argentina, and lost. Two generations later, President Eusebio Ayala launched the Chaco War (1932-5) which successfully checked […]