Miao, Baishi in China

Joshua Project has identified the Miao, Baishi only in China

Population

16,800

Christian

0.00%

Evangelical

0.00%

Largest Religion

Main Language

Progress


The Miao

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Profile Source: Copyright © Operation China, Paul Hattaway


Identity

The Miao of Baishi have been counted as part of the Miao nationality in China, which contained approximately 7.4 million people in 1990. The Baishi Miao qualify as a distinct people group because of their language, which is not understood by any other Miao people.


History

Although they are officially acknowledged as part of the Miao nationality, the Hmu and Ghao-Xong living in eastern Guizhou do not consider themselves to be related to the Baishi Miao. The Baishi Miao probably migrated into the area relatively recently (i.e. in the last 500 years) and brought with them different customs, traditional dress, and language.


Customs

The Baishi Miao faced opposition from other Miao groups in the past. When they migrated to Baishi they were forced to live on the worst land. In the last few decades they have been allowed to intermarry with other ethnic groups in the area. Weddings are elaborate affairs which often cost the groom's family the equivalent of two years' wages.


Religion

The Baishi Miao worship their ancestors. Elements of animism are also present in their religious rituals. The Baishi Miao believe that when a person dies, the soul remains in the village for a time before departing to the abode of ancestors. Offerings of paper money, food, and drink are made to the soul of the deceased, in a bid to provide for its needs in the next world.


Christianity

There is practically no Christian presence of any kind in the Baishi District of Guizhou Province. Few Baishi Miao have any awareness of Jesus Christ.



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

People Name General Miao, Baishi
People Name in Country Miao, Baishi
Population in China 16,800
Progress Scale 1.1
Least-Reached Yes
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names
Affinity Bloc Southeast Asian Peoples
People Cluster Miao / Hmong
People Name General Miao, Baishi
Ethnic Code MSY47a
Country China
Continent Asia
Region Northeast Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Location in Country Approximately 13,000 Miao people living in the Baishi District of Tianzhu County in the eastern part of Guizhou Province comprise their own ethnolinguistic group. The area is mountainous, as is 97% of the total land in Guizhou Province. For centuries the Baishi Miao have grown crops in the poor, rocky soil. The Baishi Miao are only one branch of several distinct Miao ethnolinguistic groups who live in the region.

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Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Chinese, Mandarin (17,000)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Chinese, Mandarin 17,000
Largest Religion Ethnic Religions
Buddhism
0.00%
Christianity
0.00%    ( Evangelical  0.00% )
Ethnic Religions
93.00%
Hinduism
0.00%
Islam
0.00%
Non-Religious
7.00%
Other / Small
0.00%
Unknown
0.00%
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