Asho, Khyang in Bangladesh





Largest Religion

Main Language


Chin State

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The Asho Chin are part of the great Chin race of Myanmar and India. There are approximately 1.4 million Chin, speaking 19 distinct languages and more than 40 dialects. It is not known in what nationality, if any, the Asho Chin of China have been included by the authorities.


Chin history goes back to the dawn of time. "The Chins have a story of the Tower of Babel to account for the various clans that inhabit the range of hills ... and traditions of a deluge are found everywhere." In the past, whole communities of Asho Chin in Myanmar were decimated by malaria. Why this group of Asho Chin migrated from their Myanmar homeland to faraway China is not known.


The Asho Chin have many customs involving courtship and marriage. "All the marriageable girls have their own rooms where young men come courting at night. If a girl gets pregnant, the parents allow them to marry. If the girl's family agrees, they may demand five or six pigs or a couple of cows as a dowry."


Most Asho Chin are animists even though many of the other Chin groups in Myanmar have embraced Christianity. "The people are afraid of evil spirits and of the spirits of their dead ancestors. In order to appease the angry spirits, they offer sacrifices of cows, pigs, buffaloes, goats, dogs or chickens.


The status of Christianity among the Asho Chin in China is unknown. In Myanmar they were a completely untouched people group until native evangelists visited them in 1987: "The tribe was isolated from others - accessible only by dugout canoes, since there was not even a footpath or road to their villages. During the time the missionaries taught. 76 people invited Jesus into their lives." Gospel radio broadcasts are available in the Asho Chin language, but they are aimed at Myanmar and are probably not received in China.

Profile Source:   Operation China, Paul Hattaway  Copyrighted ©   Used with permission  

People Name General Chin, Asho (Chin Ah-sho)
People Name in Country Asho, Khyang
Population in Bangladesh 1,900
World Population 37,000
Countries 3
Progress Scale 3.2
Least-Reached No
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Asho Chin, Sho, Southern Chin
Affinity Bloc Tibetan-Himalayan Peoples
People Cluster Kuki-Chin-Naga
People Name General Chin, Asho (Chin Ah-sho)
Ethnic Code MSY50c
People ID 10454
Country Bangladesh
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 43  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States on file:  1  (up to 20 largest shown)
Chittagong (1,900)
Total States on file:  1  (up to 20 largest shown)
Chittagong (1,900)
Languages & Dialects on file:  2  (up to 20 largest shown)
Chin, Asho (1,600) Chittagonian (100)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Chin, Asho 1,600 Chittagonian 100
For Primary Language: Chin, Asho

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions Yes   (1921-1986)
New Testament Yes   (1954)
Complete Bible Yes   (2009)
Resource Format
Audio Bible teaching (GRN) Audio Recordings
God's Story Video Film / Video
Jesus Film: view in Chin, Asho Film / Video
Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project) Audio Recordings
Primary Religion: Christianity

Major Religion Percent
30.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 60.00 %)
70.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
0.00 %
0.00 %
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
0.00 %

Christian Segments Percent
0.0 %
0.0 %
0.0 %
Other Christian
0.0 %
0.0 %
Roman Catholic
0.0 %
Photo Source: Gerald Roberts  
Map Source: Anonymous  
Video Source: Asia Harvest
Profile Source: Operation China, Paul Hattaway  Copyrighted ©   Used with permission  
Data Sources: Data is compiled from various sources. Read more

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