Miao, Huishui Central in China

Joshua Project has identified the Miao, Huishui Central only in China

Population

64,600

Christian

1.0%

Evangelical

0.58%

Largest Religion

Main Language

Progress


The Miao

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Identity

Central Huishui is one of four Huishui Miao languages - totaling more than 140,000 speakers. They, in turn, are considered part of the official Miao nationality by the Chinese government.


History

Because they do not have a written language, Miao history is handed down by word of mouth and through songs. Miao legend tells how human life originated when a maple tree metamorphosed into a butterfly. The butterfly then laid twelve eggs from which hatched Jiangyang, the ancestor of the Miao. The other eggs hatched, giving birth to Thunder, Centipede, Dragon, Elephant, Tiger, Snake, Rooster, Dog, Fish, and Water Buffalo.


Customs

The lives of most Miao people in China have become more complicated in recent years as China's economic condition has improved. Today, a prospective partner for marriage is often required to own a television, radio, and motorbike before being considered marriageable.


Religion

Most Central Huishui Miao are animists, living in fear of a host of different demons and deities. Miao shamans and sorcerers possess great demonic power. An early missionary described his experiences: "As a rule I don't believe in devils but these wizards seem to have communications with a whole world of demons." He went on to describe some of the supernatural things done by these men, such as putting white hot chains around their necks without being harmed.


Christianity

There are small numbers of indigenous Miao and ethnically mixed Christian fellowships in the Central Huishui Miao region. Few of the Central Huishui Miao are Christians, although most members of this group have yet to receive an adequate presentation of the gospel. The Miao language used for the Jesus film is not understood by the Central Huishui Miao. They are relatively open to change, but few evangelists or missionaries have ever specifically focused on the Central Huishui Miao.



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Country China
Continent Asia
Region Northeast Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Location in Country Approximately 50,000 Miao speak the Central Huishui Miao language as their mother tongue. They are located in the suburbs of Guiyang City, in the Baijin area of Huishui County, and in parts of adjacent Changshun County. These two counties are located south of Guiyang City in Guizhou Province.
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People Name General Miao, Huishui Central
People Name in Country Miao, Huishui Central
ROP3 Code 114203
Joshua Project People ID 18584
Indigenous Yes
Population in China 64,600
Least-Reached Yes
Alternate Names for People Group Central Huishui Miao, Hmong, Central Huishui,
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Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Miao, Central Huishui 64,618
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Affinity Bloc Southeast Asian Peoples
People Cluster Miao / Hmong
People Name General Miao, Huishui Central
Ethnic Code MSY47a
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Largest Religion Ethnic Religions
Buddhism
0.00%
Christianity
1.0%    ( Evangelical  0.58% )
Ethnic Religions
94.30%
Hinduism
0.00%
Islam
0.00%
Non-Religious
4.70%
Other / Small
0.00%
Unknown
0.00%
Christian Segments
Anglican
0.00%
Independent
100.00%
Protestant
0.00%
Orthodox
0.00%
Other Christian
0.00%
Roman Catholic
0.00%
Photo Source: Operation China, Paul Hattaway Copyrighted ©: Yes Used with permission
Map Source: Joshua Project / Global Mapping International
Video Source: Asia Harvest
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