Okinawan, Ryukyuan, Central in Japan



Population

977,000

Christian

Evangelical

Largest Religion

Main Language

Progress


Introduction

The Ryukyuan are the indigenous peoples of the Ryukyu Islands. Traditionally, the people have a very tightly-knit family life and enjoy close personal friendships. They see themselves as bound together by their home island and, especially among older people, will always consider themselves from Ryukyuan first and Japan second. They are among the longest-lived people in the world. Native Uchina religion places strong emphasis upon the role of the women in the community, with women holding positions as shamans and guardians of the home. Most of the younger generation are not serious adherents of this religion anymore, but many older people try to teach about the old ways, including dances and the language.


Ministry Obstacles

The Ryukyuan people do not have a legacy of understanding the ways of God as revealed through Moses, the prophets, and Jesus Christ.


Outreach Ideas

The Ryukuyan are known as a peaceful people and have always considered the arts and music as more honorable than combat skills. Pray these peaceful people will welcome the good news of Jesus as it comes to them in various forms.


Pray for the Followers of Christ

A small number of the Ryukyuan people identify themselves as Christians. Pray they will be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, and faithful in prayer.


Pray for the Entire People Group

Pray for the people on the Ruykyuan islands to become aware of their need for forgiveness of sin, and that forgiveness has been provided through faith in the work of Christ on the cross.


Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

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Global Prayer Digest: 2014-04-01
People Name General Ryukyuan, Central
People Name in Country Okinawan, Ryukyuan, Central
Population in Japan 977,000
World Population 984,000
Countries 3
Progress Scale 1.2
Least-Reached Yes
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Okinawan, Ryukyuan
Affinity Bloc East Asian Peoples
People Cluster Japanese
People Name General Ryukyuan, Central
Ethnic Code MSY45b
People ID 11136
Country Japan
Region Northeast Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Location in Country Central Okinawa; southern Okinawa Island, Kerama Islands, Kume-jima, Tonaki, Aguna islands, islands east of Okinawa Island.   Source:  Ethnologue 2010
Languages & Dialects on file:  2  (up to 20 largest shown)
Japanese Okinawan, Central
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Japanese Okinawan, Central

For Main Lanugage: Okinawan, Central


Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions Yes   (1855-1858)
New Testament No
Complete Bible No
Format Resource
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (GRN)
Primary Religion: Buddhism

Major Religion Percent
Buddhism
97.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.15 %)
2.00 %
Ethnic Religions
1.00 %
Hinduism
0.00 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %

Christian Segments Percent
Anglican
0.0 %
Independent
30.0 %
Orthodox
0.0 %
Other Christian
10.0 %
Protestant
35.0 %
Roman Catholic
25.0 %
Photo Source: Donna Arsenault  
Map Source: Joshua Project, Uchinanchu  
Profile Source: Joshua Project  
Data Sources: Data is compiled from various sources. Read more

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