Nosu, Butuo in China

Joshua Project has identified the Nosu, Butuo only in China

Population

267,000

Christian

0.50%

Evangelical

0.05%

Largest Religion

Main Language

Progress


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Identity

The Butuo Nosu are a distinct language group within the larger Nosu ethnicity. The Nosu, in turn, have been officially counted as part of the Yi nationality by Chinese authorities. The Butuo Nosu share very little in common with other Yi groups in Yunnan, Guizhou, and Guangxi, except for some legends and general cultural traits. In many locations the Butuo Nosu live alongside the Suodi.


History

The Butuo Nosu originally lived farther north of their present location. Speaking of a neighboring area in northern Yunnan Province, one historian notes, "Between 1796 and 1821, the Chinese extended their influence. At times when the Chinese were weak, the [Nosu] expanded out of Daliangshan: for example in 1802, 1814, 1838-39, and from 1875 to 1892. By 1907, the Nosu controlled most areas, with the Chinese fortified in the towns. During the troubled times of the early Republic, the number of Chinese troops was reduced in the area, and the Nosu consequently became more troublesome: in 1919, they invaded Zhaojue, in 1920 they burned Xining, and in 1937 they killed the magistrate of Leibo."


Customs

The Butuo Nosu pride themselves on being tough, residual, and aggressive people. Their homes and villages are constructed with high fences, a sign of their violent and murderous past.


Religion

The Butuo Nosu practice a complex form of polytheism. They fear and appease numerous mountain deities and spirits of war, harvests, and rivers, among others. They tie these beliefs in with deep reverence for their ancestors.


Christianity

The Butuo Nosu are a large, unreached people group. There are a few hundred Catholics among them, mostly elderly people who meet in Chinese-language churches. It is not known if the recent turning to Christ by 12,000 Nosu farther north has impacted the Butuo Nosu. Nosu audio tapes and the Jesus film are not understood by most Butuo Nosu.



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People Name General Nosu, Butuo
People Name in Country Nosu, Butuo
Population in China 267,000
Progress Scale 1.2
Least-Reached Yes
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Boo Yi, Butuo Yi, East-Lower-Northern Yi
Affinity Bloc Tibetan-Himalayan Peoples
People Cluster Nosu
People Name General Nosu, Butuo
Ethnic Code MSY50i
Country China
Continent Asia
Region Northeast Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Location in Country According to Professor James Matisoff, who heads up the Department of Tibeto- Burman Linguistic Studies at the University of California at Berkeley, there are "about 200,000 speakers" of the Butuo Nosu language in southern Sichuan Province. Their name comes from their primary location, Butuo County. Others are found across parts of Puge, Ningnan, Huidong, and Huili counties. The Butuo Nosu live at the southern end of the Daliangshan (Big Cold Mountains).
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Nuosu (267,000)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Nuosu 267,000
Category Resource
Audio Recordings Global Recordings
Film / Video Jesus Film
Largest Religion Ethnic Religions
Buddhism
0.00%
Christianity
0.50%    ( Evangelical  0.05% )
Ethnic Religions
95.50%
Hinduism
0.00%
Islam
0.00%
Non-Religious
4.00%
Other / Small
0.00%
Unknown
0.00%
Christian Segments
Anglican
0.00%
Independent
10.00%
Protestant
0.00%
Orthodox
0.00%
Other Christian
0.00%
Roman Catholic
90.00%
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