Miao, Guiyang Southern in China

Joshua Project has identified the Miao, Guiyang Southern only in China





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The Miao

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Officially considered part of the Miao nationality, the Southern Guiyang Miao have lived in their current location for many centuries. They share the same part of China as the Bouyei minority.


Miao legends from Laos depict the distant ancestors of the Miao as "white," with "pale skin and light hair." During intense periods of Chinese persecution, the Miao were killed because they were easy to single out. An 80-year-old Miao man in Laos, Cher Sue Vue, remembers his childhood when the Chinese crossed into Laos looking for white babies. "At that time there was only one white baby in our village. The infant's parents were warned before the Chinese arrived, and they carried him into the forest where they hid." he Miao have a legend of a homeland where "days and nights lasted six months, the water was frozen, and snow hid the ground. Only a few trees grew and they were small. The people, too, were short and squat, clothed in furs."


Strict superstitions apply to the Miao when they are eating. If someone changes his chopsticks during a meal, he can expect either a divorce or a change of spouse. If he taps something with his chopsticks, he will become a beggar. If he finishes his meal by leaving the chopsticks standing straight up in his rice, someone will die. After a meal, if he turns his bowl upside down, he is cursing the host to be barren.


The Southern Guiyang Miao believe all living things have a spirit. They seek to live in harmony with nature and are careful to avoid offending the spirits of the hills, river, crops, rain, etc. A number of Southern Guiyang Miao near Anshun have converted to Christianity.


The first Protestant missionary in the region was J. R. Adam of the China Inland Mission, who commenced work near Anshun in 1899. A strong Miao church exists there today. One author who visited them comments, "They witness to God not by their appearance, but by their living. Their mouths are not filled with theological terms or Biblical messages. Pastors do not wear ties, white shirts and dark blue pants. What they wear are work clothes; what they carry are agricultural tools; the Miao Christians are a blessed community."

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Global Prayer Digest: 2011-07-29
People Name General Miao, Guiyang Southern (Meow, Gway-yung)
People Name in Country Miao, Guiyang Southern
Population in China 47,000
World Population 47,000
Countries 1
Progress Scale 3.2
Least-Reached No
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Hmong, Southern Guiyang
Affinity Bloc Southeast Asian Peoples
People Cluster Miao / Hmong
People Name General Miao, Guiyang Southern (Meow, Gway-yung)
Ethnic Code MSY47a
People ID 18582
Country China
Region Northeast Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 29  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Location in Country Approximately 36,000 Southern Guiyang Miao are located in the mountains of southern China, primarily in Anshun, Changshun, Ziyun, and Zhenning counties in Guizhou. Anshun was once an opium trading center and is now the commercial hub of western Guizhou..   Source:  Operation China, 2000

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Languages & Dialects on file:  1  (up to 20 largest shown)
Miao, Southern Guiyang (47,000)
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Miao, Southern Guiyang 47,000
For Primary Language: Miao, Southern Guiyang

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Translation Need Questionable
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Primary Religion: Ethnic Religions

Major Religion Percent
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Christianity  (Evangelical 9.00 %)
10.00 %
Ethnic Religions
87.00 %
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3.00 %
Other / Small
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Christian Segments Percent
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100.0 %
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Other Christian
0.0 %
0.0 %
Roman Catholic
0.0 %
Photo Source: Operation China, Paul Hattaway   Copyrighted ©   Used with permission
Video Source: Asia Harvest
Profile Source: Operation China, Paul Hattaway  Copyrighted ©   Used with permission  
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