Longjia in China

Joshua Project has identified the Longjia only in China

Population

3,880

Christian

0.00%

Evangelical

0.00%

Largest Religion

Main Language

Progress


Profile Source: Copyright © Operation China, Paul Hattaway


Identity

The 1982 census listed the Longjia in a collection of Undetermined Minorities. In 1987 the Chinese authorities reclassified them as part of the Bai nationality. The suffix jia is a Chinese term meaning "household" or "family." The Longjia should not be confused with the 1,300 Long people who are a Yi group living in Huaning County of Yunnan Province. In reality, the Longjia share no historical or ethnic relationship with the Bai people of Yunnan. Their inclusion in the Bai minority was one of convenience for the government. Although they did not want to place the Longjia in a group which it would offend them to be part of, the authorities firmly oppose official recognition of small groups like the Longjia.


History

The Longjia were once a large group in western Guizhou before they were assimilated into the Han Chinese culture and language. In the 27th year of the Yuan Dynasty (1298) the Longjia numbered 46,000 families.


Customs

The Longjia ethnic group includes some members of the Nanjingren group. These two peoples have lived alongside each other for many centuries. They have become so intermixed that it is difficult for outsiders to distinguish one group from the other. Today, the Longjia wear Han clothing and speak Chinese. The Longjia have something of a bad reputation among their neighbors; they are known for their violence and drunkenness.


Religion

Ancestor worship mixed with animism are the main religious beliefs among the Longjia. Every year they hold a bullfighting ceremony which has many religious rituals attached to it. The people finally sacrifice the animal as an offering to the spirits of the harvest, the spirit of the water, village, etc., and they ask the guardian spirits to watch over their community in the coming year with blessing and protection. In Longjia culture, a family's wealth is measured by the number of water buffaloes and cows it owns.


Christianity

Despite being concentrated in Guizhou's Anshun Prefecture, which contains many Protestants and Catholics among the Han, Miao, and Bouyei, the Longjia remain an unreached people group with little access to the gospel. The Longjia would best be reached today by using Chinese-language Scriptures and other evangelistic tools.



Profile Source: Operation China, Paul Hattaway Copyrighted ©: Yes Used with permission
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Country China
Continent Asia
Region Northeast Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Location in Country An official 1982 Chinese publication, the Minzu Shibie Wenxian Ziliao Huibian, listed a population of 2,000 Longjia people living in a widespread area of southern China. The majority are located in Pu'an County in southwest Guizhou, and in Pingba and Qingzhen counties between Guiyang and Anshun cities in central Guizhou. Others live within Longlin County in the Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region. There are possibly also a few Longjia living in the Qingping District, just west of Kaili in central Guizhou.
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People Name General Longjia
People Name in Country Longjia
ROP3 Code 114181
Joshua Project People ID 18564
Indigenous Yes
Population in China 3,880
Least-Reached Yes
Alternate Names for People Group Bai Long, Da Tou Long, Gou Er Long, Long, Ma Mian Long,
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Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Chinese, Mandarin 3,878
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Affinity Bloc East Asian Peoples
People Cluster Chinese
People Name General Longjia
Ethnic Code MSY42a
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Largest Religion Ethnic Religions
Buddhism
0.00%
Christianity
0.00%    ( Evangelical  0.00% )
Ethnic Religions
96.00%
Hinduism
0.00%
Islam
0.00%
Non-Religious
4.00%
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%
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