Ryukyuan in United States


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Introduction / History

The Ryukyuan are the indigenous peoples of Japan’s Ryukyu Islands. Traditionally, the people have a very tightly-knit family life and enjoy close personal friendships. They see themselves as bound together by their home island and, especially among older people, will always consider themselves from Ryukyuan first and Japan second. They are among the longest-lived people in the world.


What Are Their Lives Like?

The Ryukuyan are known as a peaceful people and have always considered the arts and music as more honorable than combat skills. Their identity with the Ryukyu Islands will become weaker as time goes on. In the United States, they must deal with a much more foreign culture than what they found in Japan.


What Are Their Beliefs?

Native Uchina religion places strong emphasis upon the role of the women in the community, with women holding positions as shamans and guardians of the home. Most of the younger generation are not serious adherents of this religion anymore, but many older people try to teach about the old ways, including dances and the language.


What Are Their Needs?

The Ryukuyan people in the United States need to find their way to the cross and the empty grave.


Prayer Points

A small number of the Ryukyuan people identify themselves as Christians. Pray they will be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, and faithful in prayer. Pray for the people on the Ruykyuan islands to become aware of their need for forgiveness of sin, and that forgiveness has been provided through faith in the work of Christ on the cross. Pray for Christ followers in the United States to introduce these people to the King of kings and disciple them in his ways.


Scripture Prayers for the Okinawan, Ryukyuan in United States.


Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

People Name General Okinawan, Ryukyuan
People Name in Country Okinawan, Ryukyuan
Natural Name Ryukyuan
Pronunciation ree-YOO-kyoo-un
Alternate Names Okinawan; Ryukyuan
Population this Country 4,600
Population all Countries 1,154,000
Total Countries 3
Indigenous No
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group No
GSEC 1  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
People ID 11136
ROP3 Code 101932
ROP25 Code 306294
ROP25 Name Okinawan
Country United States
Region America, North and Caribbean
Continent North America
10/40 Window No
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Country United States
Region America, North and Caribbean
Continent North America
10/40 Window No
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank Not ranked

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Primary Religion: Ethnic Religions
Major Religion Percent
Buddhism
28.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.20 %)
2.00 %
Ethnic Religions
70.00 %
Hinduism
0.00 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
Primary Language Okinawan, Central (4,600 speakers)
Language Code ryu   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 1
Primary Language Okinawan, Central (4,600 speakers)
Language Code ryu   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Okinawan, Central

Primary Language:  Okinawan, Central

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1855-1858)
Bible-New Testament No
Bible-Complete No
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