Church of the Guanche People

Reviving ancient Canarian spirituality in the heart of the Canary Islands.

The Church of the Guanche People is a religious organization established in 2001, headquartered in San Cristóbal de La Laguna, Tenerife, in the Canary Islands, Spain. This organization identifies itself with Guanche ethnic neopaganism and is dedicated to preserving and promoting the traditional religion of the Guanche people, the indigenous inhabitants of the Canary Islands before Spanish colonization.

Founded by Canarian devotees of the goddess Chaxiraxi, the Church seeks to reconstruct and practice the ancient Guanche religious customs. This includes the performance of baptisms and weddings according to what is known of Guanche traditions. Notably, in 2002, the Church conducted a wedding ceremony in Tenerife following purported Guanche rites, a practice not seen for several centuries due to the Spanish dominance over the archipelago.

The Church of the Guanche People has also established its own liturgical calendar, marking the year 2001 as the beginning of the Guanche New Age. This new calendar started with the celebration of Achu n Magek, symbolizing a revival or rebirth of Guanche religious practices in contemporary times.

With around 300 members in 2008, the Church represents a significant facet of Canarian Neopaganism and is recognized in academic studies focusing on minority religions within the Canary Islands. This modern pagan religious body exemplifies the broader interest in and revival of indigenous spiritual practices, situating the Church of the Guanche People as a unique cultural and religious revivalist movement within the region.