Monba, Medog in China

Joshua Project has identified the Monba, Medog only in China

Population

8,060

Christian

0.00%

Evangelical

0.00%

Largest Religion

Main Language

Progress


Profile Source: Copyright © Operation China, Paul Hattaway


Identity

Unlike some of the Cona Monba, who were counted in the Tibetan nationality, it appears that all of the Medog Monba have been counted as part of the Monba nationality.


History

The Medog Monba became poverty stricken following the implementation of a feudal system imposed on them by the Zhuba Geju faction in the fourteenth century. For centuries they were effectively slaves of the Tibetans.


Customs

The Monba are known for their hospitality. They have a great love for music, singing, and dancing. "Most of them are able to play the traditional bamboo flute, a short thick instrument with four finger holes. ... Their silversmiths are skillful in designing bracelets, earrings, necklaces, and other ornaments." At Monba weddings, the bride's uncle is the most honored guest. According to tradition, he "finds fault in everything, complaining the meat slices are too thick and the drinks too cheap. He bangs on the table with his fists, glowering angrily at everyone who passes. He behaves in this way to test the groom's family and observe their reactions."


Religion

The majority of Monba follow Tibetan Buddhism. Some, however, still maintain their traditional belief in unseen gods, demons, and ancestral spirits. Shamans and some Buddhist monks frequently use magic to cure the sick.


Christianity

The Medog Monba are completely unaware that Christ came two millennia ago and died for their sin. No missionaries were allowed to work in this area of Tibet in the past. There are no churches near Medog for more than a hundred miles in any direction. The Medog Monba have existed for generations without any flicker of spiritual light to brighten their lives. Few have ever interceded on their behalf for Christian workers to reach these lonely communities with the good news.



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

People Name General Monba, Medog
People Name in Country Monba, Medog
Population in China 8,060
Progress Scale 1.1
Least-Reached Yes
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Canglo Monba, Canglo Monpa, Cangluo Monba, Eastern Monba, Eastern Monpa, Medog Monga, Memba, Menba, Monba, Motuo Monba, Motuo Monba Eastern Monba, Northern Monba
Affinity Bloc Tibetan-Himalayan Peoples
People Cluster Tibetan
People Name General Monba, Medog
Ethnic Code MSY50r
Country China
Continent Asia
Region Northeast Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Location in Country A 1987 study reported 5,000 speakers of the Medog Monba living in China. The majority are located in Medog County in southern Tibet. A few are also found in the Dongjiu area of Linzhi County. All Monba in Tibet are located in the vast Menyu Prefecture. One linguist states, "The Medog Monba live mainly in Medog County in Tibet as well as Siang District of Arunachal Pradesh. This is a very small group… with the majority in India, quite distinct linguistically from the [Cona] Monba." Inaccessible for most of the year due to snow and landslides, Medog was the last county in China to become accessible to land vehicles. In 1994 a road was built there for the first time. Medog contains many Bengali tigers and 40 species of other rare, protected animals.
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Monpa, Tawang (8,100)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Monpa, Tawang 8,100
Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions No
New Testament No
Complete Bible No
Category Resource
Audio Recordings Global Recordings
Audio Recordings Global Recordings
Largest Religion Buddhism
Buddhism
85.00%
Christianity
0.00%    ( Evangelical  0.00% )
Ethnic Religions
15.00%
Hinduism
0.00%
Islam
0.00%
Non-Religious
0.00%
Other / Small
0.00%
Unknown
0.00%
Photo Source: Operation China, Paul Hattaway © Copyrighted Used with permission
Map Source: Joshua Project / Global Mapping International
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