De'ang, Rumai in China

Joshua Project has identified the De'ang, Rumai only in China

Population

6,070

Christian

0.00%

Evangelical

0.00%

Largest Religion

Main Language

Progress


Profile Source: Copyright © Operation China, Paul Hattaway


Identity

The Rumai have been combined with the Pale, Shwe, and Riang groups in China to form the official De'ang nationality. Each group speaks its own language and wears a different style of traditional dress, although all the groups acknowledge a common ancestry.


History

The De'ang claim to be the original inhabitants of northern Myanmar. Historical evidence does little to dispute their assertions. Before they migrated to Myanmar, the ancestors of the De'ang were reportedly settled in communities along the Nujiang River in northwest Yunnan as early as the second century BC. The Chinese claim the De'ang have been living in China continuously for more than two thousand years. Many of the current communities of De'ang in China, however, are almost certainly descended from small groups who migrated back into China earlier this century to escape military campaigns launched by the British against insurgents in northern Burma (Myanmar).


Customs

The Rumai De'ang celebrate many of the festivals of their Tai and Shan neighbors, including Songkran, the Water-Splashing Festival which takes place every April. The De'ang have a traditional drum called the gelengdang which is made from a hollowed tree trunk. Its ends are covered with ox-hide. Before using it, "it is filled with water through a hole in its body to make the ox-hide and inside of the drum damp so that the desired resonance can be produced."


Religion

Despite their conversion to the Theravada sect of Buddhism many centuries ago, the De'ang retain many of their pre- Buddhist animistic and shamanistic rituals. Many Buddhist monks are also the village witch doctors. They enter trances in order to contact the spirit world. The De'ang believe they should strive to do good works to gain merit for the next life.


Christianity

Like most Theravada Buddhists, the De'ang believe fate predetermines the events of their lives. This results in them having little concern about changing their ways. Their consciences have long been silenced regarding sin. There are no known Christians among the Rumai in either China or Myanmar.



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

People Name General De'ang, Rumai
People Name in Country De'ang, Rumai
Population in China 6,070
Progress Scale 1.1
Least-Reached Yes
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Black Palaung, De'ang Rumai, Humai, Palaung Rumai, Roumai, Rumai
Affinity Bloc Southeast Asian Peoples
People Cluster Mon-Khmer
People Name General De'ang, Rumai
Ethnic Code AUG03z
Country China
Continent Asia
Region Northeast Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Location in Country They inhabit a widespread area of northern Shan State in northern Myanmar. Between 4,000 and 5,000 Rumai Palaung inhabit China's Yunnan Province, in Longchuan and Rulili counties.
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Palaung, Rumai 6,100
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Palaung, Rumai 6,100
Category Resource
Audio Recordings Global Recordings
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Palaung, Rumai
Largest Religion Buddhism
Buddhism
98.00%
Christianity
0.00%    ( Evangelical  0.00% )
Ethnic Religions
0.00%
Hinduism
0.00%
Islam
0.00%
Non-Religious
2.00%
Other / Small
0.00%
Unknown
0.00%
Christian Segments
Anglican
0.00%
Independent
0.00%
Protestant
0.00%
Orthodox
0.00%
Other Christian
0.00%
Roman Catholic
0.00%
Photo Source: Operation China, Paul Hattaway © Copyrighted Used with permission
Map Source: Joshua Project / Global Mapping International
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