Church of the Guanche People
TypeGuanche ethnic neopaganism
HeadquartersSan Cristóbal de La Laguna (Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain).
Canary Islands, Spain
WebsiteChurch of the Guanche People

The Church of the Guanche People (Spanish: Iglesia del Pueblo Guanche) is a religious organisation, founded in 2001 in the city of San Cristóbal de La Laguna, Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain. It aims to perpetuate and spread the traditional religion of the ancient Guanche people.[1]

In 2008, the Church had approximately 300 members.[2] The Church of the Guanche People is included in the studies of minority religions in the Canary Islands.[3]

It was founded by a group of Canarian devotees of the goddess Chaxiraxi.[1] The Church of the Guanche People performed baptisms and weddings according to what they know of Guanche custom. On 2002, a wedding held in accordance with purported Guanche rites took place on the island of Tenerife—a practice not observed for several centuries since the Spanish domination of the archipelago.[1]

The Church of the Guanche People has its own liturgical calendar, which officially begins with the first celebration of Achu n Magek in 2001. According to this system, this is the year 1 of the Guanche New Age.[3]

The Church of the Guanche People is a modern pagan religious body representing Canarian Neopaganism.[1]

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  1. ^ a b c d Ramos-Martín, Josué. "La Iglesia del Pueblo Guanche: consideraciones metodológicas". Morales Padrón, F. (ed.) XVIII Coloquio de Historia Canario-Americana, 2008, pp. 1608-1630. Archived from the original on 17 January 2022. Retrieved 17 January 2022 – via
  2. ^ Martin, Veronica (2008). 5% of Canarians profess a minority religion (Un 5% de canarios profesa una religión minoritaria) Archived 6 June 2012 at the Wayback Machine, La Opinión de Tenerife newspaper, 3 October.
  3. ^ a b "Religiones entre continentes. Minorías religiosas en Canarias. Editado por la Universidad de La Laguna" (PDF). Archived (PDF) from the original on 15 May 2020. Retrieved 4 July 2015.