Zhuang, Yongnan in China



Population

1,999,000

Christian

Evangelical

Largest Religion

Main Language

Progress


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Identity

The Zhuang (Yongnan, Dai, Nong, Yang, Zuojiang) are a collection of related Central Tai language groups which have been combined with the Northern Zhuang - a collection of Northern Tai language groups - to form China's official Zhuang nationality. There are many tribes, clans, and self designations among the Zhuang. Names such as Debao and Heiyi frequently appear in Chinese linguistic research.


History

During the Qin Dynasty (221-207 BC), half a million Han convicts were exiled by Emperor Qin Shihuang to the Lingnan region in southern China (now Guangxi and Guangdong). There they intermingled with the various branches of the Bai Yue nationality. The Zhuang today are thought to be the descendants of the Bai Yue. Historically, the Zhuang were called Tuliao or Sharen.


Customs

Because they are primarily engaged in agriculture, the Zhuang are also locally known as the T'u or "People of the Soil." Their homes are usually built on stilts. A newly married woman stays with her parents until after the birth of the first child. Only then does she go to live with her husband in his village.


Religion

The Zhuang are a superstitious people. They are careful not to offend the spirit world that surrounds them. They believe in the spirits of the water, forest, mountain, village, etc.


Christianity

The first Protestant missionary to the Zhuang was R. H. Graves, a Southern Baptist, who arrived in Guangxi in 1862. In 1895 the Christian & Missionary Alliance commenced work in Guangxi. They established 65 churches over a 50- year period. Most of these churches were attended by Han Chinese, but small numbers of Zhuang also attended. The Zhuang have great linguistic diversity. Little has changed since this 1922 report describing Guangxi: "There are 58 cities, 700 market towns, and over 17,000 villages, all teeming with human lives for whom no effort whatever is being put forth."


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Global Prayer Digest: 2012-06-22
Global Prayer Digest: 2014-07-13
People Name General Zhuang, Yongnan (Zhoo-ung)
People Name in Country Zhuang, Yongnan
Population in China 1,999,000
World Population 2,011,000
Countries 2
Progress Scale 1.2
Least-Reached Yes
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Chuang, Chwan, Chwang, Kun To, Longming, Pu Nong, Pu To, Southern Zhuang, Tai Chuang, Wuming
Affinity Bloc Southeast Asian Peoples
People Cluster Zhuang
People Name General Zhuang, Yongnan (Zhoo-ung)
Ethnic Code MSY49a
People ID 18740
Country China
Region Northeast Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 37  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Location in Country Approximately four million speakers of the Zhuang languages live in the southwestern part of Guangxi and the adjoining areas of southeastern Yunnan Province, of which 770,000 live in Wenshan Prefecture. Technically, there are also speakers of Zhuang varieties in Vietnam and Laos, but they are known by different names in different places. The Chinese officially classify several groups as Zhuang, which include the Giay, Tho, Nung, Cao Lan, and Buyang..   Source:  Operation China, 2000
Languages & Dialects on file:  1  (up to 20 largest shown)
Zhuang, Yongnan (1,999,000)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Zhuang, Yongnan 1,999,000
Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions No
New Testament No
Complete Bible No
Format Resource
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (GRN)
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (GRN)

Major Religion Percent
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.14 %)
0.20 %
Ethnic Religions
90.00 %
Hinduism
0.00 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
9.80 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %

Christian Segments Percent
Anglican
0.0 %
Independent
95.0 %
Orthodox
0.0 %
Other Christian
0.0 %
Protestant
0.0 %
Roman Catholic
5.0 %
Photo Source: Bengchye Loo   Creative Commons  
Map Source: Joshua Project / Global Mapping International  
Video Source: Create International
Profile Source: Operation China, Paul Hattaway  Copyrighted ©   Used with permission  
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