Nosu, Shengzha in China

Joshua Project has identified the Nosu, Shengzha only in China

Population

1,295,000

Christian

Evangelical

Largest Religion

Main Language

Progress


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Identity

The name Nosu means "black people." Many early travelers who came into contact with the Nosu remarked on the beauty and Caucasian features of the Nosu women. One described them as "a black branch of the Caucasian race." The Daliangshan area has a great level of ethnic complexity. A 1983 official government report seems to lament "44 Nosu subgroups with different self designations and obscure dialects." Another publication written by Chinese scholars mentions "more than 100 patriarchal clans in the Daliangshan alone, ... independent of each other and with their own area of jurisdiction."


History

Nosu history is one of violence and interclan warfare. For centuries the Nosu raided villages and took slaves, forcing them to do manual labor. One missionary noted, "In retaliation for the taking of slaves, it was not uncommon in the 1940s to see Chinese soldiers walking through city streets carrying on their backs large baskets filled with Nosu heads, still dripping with blood." The Nosu region, in 1956, was the last part of China to come under Communist rule. In the violent clashes ten Chinese troops were killed for every Nosu, earning the Nosu the nickname, "Iron Peas." Since the collapse of the slave system, the class structure among the Nosu has weakened. Today even the former Bai Yi slaves "tease and mock [the Nosu] ... who are mockingly called princes and princesses."


Customs

Early literature on the Nosu called them Lolo, in reference to the small basket they carried around with them which supposedly contained the souls of their dead ancestors.


Religion

The Shengzha Nosu believe in Mo'm Apu, a supreme creator spirit who controls the universe. His son, Gee Nyo, gives rain, prosperity, and happiness.


Christianity

Mission work among the Shengzha Nosu began in the late 1800s, but resulted in few conversions. In the mid-1940s China Inland Mission worker James Broomhall tried to mobilize Yi Christians from Yunnan to evangelize the Nosu, but they could not adjust to the differences in language and culture. After more than a century of labor and prayer, a breakthrough occurred in 1996 when Nosu leaders of the Mentu Hui cult heard and believed the gospel. They publicly renounced the cult and by mid-1997 had led 12,000 Shengzha Nosu to faith in Christ.



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

People Name General Nosu, Shengzha
People Name in Country Nosu, Shengzha
Population in China 1,295,000
Progress Scale 1.2
Least-Reached Yes
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Black Yi, Daliangshan Nosu, Hei Yi, Lolo, Manchia, Mantzu, Naso, North Lolo, Northern Yi, Nosu, Nuosu, Shengcha Yi, Shengzha, Shengzha Yi, Sichuan Yi
Affinity Bloc Tibetan-Himalayan Peoples
People Cluster Nosu
People Name General Nosu, Shengzha
Ethnic Code MSY50i
Country China
Region Northeast Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Location in Country More than one million speakers of Shengzha Nosu live in southern Sichuan Province. Their primary locations are in Xide, Yuexi, Zhaojue, Ganluo, and Jinyang counties. Other significant communities are in Puge, Leibo, Xichang, Dechang, Mianning, Yanyuan, and Yanbian counties; while small numbers can be found in Muli, Shimian, Jiulong, and Luding counties. A few Shengzha Nosu spill over into northeast Yunnan and into southeastern areas of Tibet.
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Nuosu (Unknown) Nasu, Wusa (Unknown)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Nuosu Nasu, Wusa
Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions Yes
New Testament Yes   (2005)
Complete Bible No
Category Resource
Audio Recordings Global Recordings
Film / Video Jesus Film
Prayer Links
Global Prayer Digest: 2013-04-28

Major Religion Percent
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 1.40 %)
2.00 %
Ethnic Religions
95.00 %
Hinduism
0.00 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
3.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %

Christian Segments Percent
Anglican
0.0 %
Independent
100.0 %
Orthodox
0.0 %
Other Christian
0.0 %
Protestant
0.0 %
Roman Catholic
0.0 %
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