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God in the Rainforest: Missionaries and the Waorani in Amazonian Ecuador

Kathryn T. Long


This book tells the story of missionary work during the second half of the twentieth century among the Waorani (once known as “aucas”), an isolated and violent indigenous group in the Ecuadorian Amazon. The missionary-Waorani relationship began tragically in January 1956, when five young men, American missionaries, were speared to death by Wao warriors. Two years later, Elisabeth Elliot, the widow of one of the slain men, and Rachel Saint, the sister of another, with the help of a Wao woman named Dayomæ, made peaceful contact with the people who had killed their loved ones. Subsequent accounts ... More

Keywords: Waorani, aucas, missions, Ecuador, Amazon, evangelicals, Christianity

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780190608989
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2019 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190608989.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Kathryn T. Long, author
Associate Professor of History, Wheaton College