Asho, Khyang in India


Population
700
Main Language
Largest Religion
Christian
Evangelical
Progress
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Chin State

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Identity

The Asho Chin are part of the great Chin race of Myanmar and India. There are approximately 1.4 million Chin, speaking 19 distinct languages and more than 40 dialects. It is not known in what nationality, if any, the Asho Chin of China have been included by the authorities.


History

Chin history goes back to the dawn of time. "The Chins have a story of the Tower of Babel to account for the various clans that inhabit the range of hills ... and traditions of a deluge are found everywhere." In the past, whole communities of Asho Chin in Myanmar were decimated by malaria. Why this group of Asho Chin migrated from their Myanmar homeland to faraway China is not known.


Customs

The Asho Chin have many customs involving courtship and marriage. "All the marriageable girls have their own rooms where young men come courting at night. If a girl gets pregnant, the parents allow them to marry. If the girl's family agrees, they may demand five or six pigs or a couple of cows as a dowry."


Religion

Most Asho Chin are animists even though many of the other Chin groups in Myanmar have embraced Christianity. "The people are afraid of evil spirits and of the spirits of their dead ancestors. In order to appease the angry spirits, they offer sacrifices of cows, pigs, buffaloes, goats, dogs or chickens.


Christianity

The status of Christianity among the Asho Chin in China is unknown. In Myanmar they were a completely untouched people group until native evangelists visited them in 1987: "The tribe was isolated from others - accessible only by dugout canoes, since there was not even a footpath or road to their villages. During the time the missionaries taught. 76 people invited Jesus into their lives." Gospel radio broadcasts are available in the Asho Chin language, but they are aimed at Myanmar and are probably not received in China.


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

People Name General Asho, Khyang
People Name in Country Asho, Khyang
Population in India 700
World Population 172,600
Total Countries 3
Indigenous Yes
Unreached Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 1 to 2
Progress Scale 1
Alternate Names Asho Chin, Sho, Southern Chin, चीन, अशो
People ID 10454
ROP3 Code 100557
Country India
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 15  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States on file 2
Largest States
Tripura
(400)
West Bengal
(300)
Specialized Website South Asia Peoples
Country India
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 15  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States 2
  Tripura (400)
  West Bengal (300)
Website South Asia Peoples

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Primary Language Chin, Asho (400 speakers)
Language Code csh   Ethnologue Listing
Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 2
Secondary Languages
Bengali
(200)
People Groups Speaking Chin, Asho
Primary Language Chin, Asho (400 speakers)
Language Code csh   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 2
Secondary Languages
  Bengali (200)
People Groups Speaking Chin, Asho

Primary Language:  Chin, Asho

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes   (1921-1986)
Bible-New Testament Yes   (1954)
Bible-Complete Yes   (2009)
Possible Print Bibles
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Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (GRN)
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video God's Story Video
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Chin, Asho
Primary Religion: Buddhism
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
70.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
30.00 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
Photo Source Gerald Roberts  
Video Source Asia Harvest
Profile Source Operation China, Paul Hattaway  Copyrighted ©   Used with permission  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more
Religion Values * From India census data.  Current values may differ.


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