Jingpo in China

Joshua Project has identified the Jingpo only in China

Population

32,800

Christian

54%

Evangelical

27%

Largest Religion

Main Language

Progress


The Jungles of Southern Yunnan

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Identity

Although there were 119,209 people in China counted under the Jingpo nationality in the 1990 census, the official Chinese classification includes members of the Zaiwa, Maru, Lashi, and Bela people groups, in addition to Jingpo proper. In China the Jingpo are known locally as the Dashan (Big Mountain) people.


History

The Jingpo claim to have originated on the Tibetan Plateau. The fact that some scholars believe the present-day Deng language in southeast Tibet is related to Jingpo, adds credence to their claims. During the Yuan and Ming dynasties (1271-1644) the Jingpo were known as the Yeren. They had probably arrived at their present location in western Yunnan by the start of the sixteenth century. From there they migrated south into northern Myanmar, where today they are the largest group in Kachin State.


Customs

Jingpo and Zaiwa are almost identical in every aspect of their historical and socioeconomic backgrounds, except for their political organization. The highest leader in Jingpo society is called Pumtu in Jingpo and Pumtsau in Zaiwa, meaning "master of the mountains." For centuries the Jingpo have practiced lashi or naji, meaning "snatching cows by military operation." This leads to on-going conflict with other nationalities. From 1980 to 1982 three Jingpo settlements reported 443 cases of lashi. The consequences were 7 deaths, 153 people wounded, and 338 cattle stolen.


Religion

Many Jingpo today are Christians, having been converted through the ceaseless efforts of missionaries starting in the 1870s. Jingpo legends "tell a story of the passage over a bridge, to the after-life ... these folk-myths came down from a long-gone past, like the far-carried boulders of the Glacial ages."


Christianity

The first missionary working among the Jingpo in Myanmar (formerly Burma) was Josiah N. Cushing in 1876. By 1941, the baptized Jinpo in Burma numbered 47,526. In the same year the Jingpo in China numbered 415 converts. Today, estimates for the total number of Christians among the five Jingpo groups in China range from 7,000 to 8,000 and as many as 55,000. Because the large Zaiwa group have proven highly resistant to the gospel, the higher figure is very unlikely. The Jingpo in Myanmar have evangelized many other people groups in their country.



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Country China
Continent Asia
Region Northeast Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Location in Country More than 25,000 Jingpo inhabit the western part of Yunnan Province along the China-Myanmar border. They are mainly concentrated in Yingjiang, Ruili, Lianghe, Longchuan, and Luxi counties of Dehong Prefecture. In addition, 625,000 Kachin live in northern Myanmar. The term Kachin refers to a collection of ethnic groups rather than a linguistic classification, but most of the Kachin in Myanmar are part of the group the Chinese call Jingpo. More than 7,000 Jingpo live in India. One village of Jingpo is also located in Chiang Mai, northern Thailand.
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People Name General Jingpo
People Name in Country Jingpo
ROP3 Code 114126
Joshua Project People ID 18513
Indigenous Yes
Population in China 32,800
Least-Reached No
Alternate Names for People Group Chingpaw, Chingpo, Dashan, Dashanhua, Jinghpaw, Jingpaw, Kachin, Keqin, Marip, Nhkum, Singfo, Singpo,
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Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Jingpho
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Affinity Bloc Tibetan-Himalayan Peoples
People Cluster Tibeto-Burman, other
People Name General Jingpo
Ethnic Code MSY50f
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Largest Religion Christianity
Buddhism
5.00%
Christianity
54%    ( Evangelical  27% )
Ethnic Religions
40.00%
Hinduism
0.00%
Islam
0.00%
Non-Religious
1.00%
Other / Small
0.00%
Unknown
0.00%
Christian Segments
Anglican
0.00%
Independent
90.00%
Protestant
0.00%
Orthodox
0.00%
Other Christian
0.00%
Roman Catholic
10.00%
Photo Source: Paul Noll
Video Source: Asia Harvest
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