Baheng, Lipeng in China

Joshua Project has identified the Baheng, Liping only in China






Largest Religion

Main Language



The Liping Baheng have been counted by the Chinese authorities as one of more than ten Bunu groups. Bunu is a generic term, simply meaning "us people." The various groups of Bunu do not consider themselves related to each other and are dispersed over a vast geographical area. The Bunu were not granted status as its own minzu (nationality) in China but were included as part of the Yao nationality.


The Baheng consider themselves descended from eight ancient clans. Their name in Chinese, Ba Xing (Eight Clans), reflects this.


The women like to wear much jewelry, including large earrings and necklaces. In the past, a new husband was required to live in his in-law's house for 12 years. After six years, however, he was able to take his wife and build his own home if her family gave their consent. This custom has not been strictly observed in recent years, although most men still move to their wife's village after the wedding.


Ancestor worship is the primary religion among the Baheng and is the driving force behind many customs and prohibitions in their society. The Baheng believe that only sons can conduct ancestral rites. Boys are therefore highly sought after, especially since the implementation of China's strict family planning laws. In recent years, a growing number of Baheng women have aborted baby girls, since not having a son means that the souls of the parents may be lost in hell forever. The Baheng also observe many ancient animistic rituals relating to their practice of agriculture. They pray for the soul of the rice after planting, to ensure a successful crop. They have also been known to place drawings of corn, rice, or vegetables next to an altar in a bid to seek the blessings of the spirits.


The Liping Baheng are a colorful, friendly people, but few have ever had the opportunity to hear that Christ died for them. They remain a completely unreached people group without a single known Christian in their midst.

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

People Name General Baheng, Liping (Ba-heng Lee-ping)
People Name in Country Baheng, Lipeng
Population in China 6,600
World Population 6,600
Countries 1
Progress Scale 1.1
Least-Reached Yes
Unengaged Yes (per Finishing the Task)
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Baxing Yao, Eight-Clan Yao, Pa Hng
Affinity Bloc Southeast Asian Peoples
People Cluster Yao-Mien
People Name General Baheng, Liping (Ba-heng Lee-ping)
Ethnic Code MSY47b
People ID 10568
Country China
Region Northeast Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 29  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Location in Country Chinese scholars in the 1990s discovered that Baheng speakers in southern Guizhou and northern Guangxi divided into two distinct language groups. The larger group was labeled Baheng, Sanjiang, while this smaller group (4,000 people) was named Baheng, Liping after the county which they primarily inhabit in Guizhou Province. Liping is home to several minorities, including the Mjuniang and the Dong..   Source:  Operation China, 2000
Languages & Dialects on file:  1  (up to 20 largest shown)
Pa-Hng (6,500)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Pa-Hng 6,500
For Primary Language: Pa-Hng

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions No
New Testament No
Complete Bible No
Resource Format
Audio Bible teaching (GRN) Audio Recordings
Primary Religion: Ethnic Religions

Major Religion Percent
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.00 %
Ethnic Religions
95.00 %
0.00 %
0.00 %
5.00 %
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: Operation China, Paul Hattaway   Copyrighted ©   Used with permission
Map Source: Joshua Project / Global Mapping International  
Profile Source: Operation China, Paul Hattaway  Copyrighted ©   Used with permission  
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