De'ang, Shwe in China


Population
7,700
Christian
Evangelical
Largest Religion
Main Language
Progress
Progress Gauge


Shan State

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Identity

The Shwe De'ang language is officially labeled the Liang dialect of De'ang in China. The Chinese do not use the same terms as linguists but refer to the different groups of De'ang as the Red, Black, White, and Flowery De'ang. It is uncertain how these names match the four De'ang languages. In Myanmar, they are known as the Shwe Palaung. Their self-name is De'ang, which means "rock."


History

The De'ang believe they were once brothers with the Karen of Myanmar. The two tribes went out hunting with the intent of sharing their food with each other. The Karen caught an elephant, and a huge feast was held for all to enjoy as much meat as they could eat. The De'ang, however, could only manage to catch a porcupine. They skinned it and cooked the small amount of meat for the Karen to eat. The Karen did not mind, as they thought the De'ang had only been able to catch a small animal. But when they finished their meal, they saw the large pile of needles and claimed the De'ang had only given them a small portion of their meat. The two groups have been separated ever since that time, but even today the De'ang long to be reconciled with their Karen brothers. Some De'ang homes in Myanmar have an opening on one side, signifying that the Karen are welcome to return to live with them.


Customs

In the past the De'ang were great hunters, but today most earn their living by growing tea or bamboo.


Religion

Among the De'ang, "two schools of Theravada Buddhism are followed, the Burmese and the Yuan or Shan forms. Daily life is thought to be face to face with the actions of spirits. Ordinary people make a variety of offerings to placate them. Illness is attributed to the actions of evil spirits and the services of a diviner/medical practitioner serves to identify and counteract the proper spirit."


Christianity

There are no known Christians among the Shwe De'ang in China. A tiny percentage of the more than 150,000 in Myanmar have accepted Christ, but they live scattered across a wide area. On the rare occasion of a Shwe De'ang's becoming a Christian, the new believer is usually persecuted and driven from the village.


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

People Name General Palaung, Golden
People Name in Country De'ang, Shwe
Population in China 7,700
World Population 236,700
Total Countries 2
Indigenous Yes
Least-Reached Yes
Unengaged Yes (per Finishing the Task)
Progress Scale 1
GSEC 1  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Alternate Names Bulai, De'ang Shwe, Dlang, Golden Palaung, Palay, Palong, Pulei, Reang, Samlon Ta-ang, Shwe
People ID 11921
ROP3 Code 103423
Country China
Region Northeast Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 33  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Location in Country Southwest Yunnan, Lincang Prefecture, Zhenkang County; Baoshan Prefecture, Longyang County   Source:  Ethnologue 2010
Country China
Region Northeast Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 33  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Location in Country Southwest Yunnan, Lincang Prefecture, Zhenkang County; Baoshan Prefecture, Longyang County.   Source:  Ethnologue 2010
Primary Language: Palaung, Shwe (7,700 speakers)   People group listing
Language Code: pll   Ethnologue Listing
Written: Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages: 1
Primary Language: Palaung, Shwe (7,700 speakers)   People group listing
Language Code: pll   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages: 1
Primary Language: Palaung, Shwe

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions No
New Testament No
Complete Bible No
Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (GRN)
Primary Religion: Buddhism
Religion Subdivision: Theravada

Major Religion Percent
Buddhism
96.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.00 %
Ethnic Religions
2.00 %
Hinduism
0.00 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
2.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
Christian Segments Percent
Anglican
Unknown
Independent
Unknown
Orthodox
Unknown
Other Christian
Unknown
Protestant
Unknown
Roman Catholic
Unknown
Photo Source: Jialiang Gao   Creative Commons   Used with permission
Map Source: Joshua Project / Global Mapping International  
Video Source: Asia Harvest
Profile Source: Operation China, Paul Hattaway  Copyrighted ©   Used with permission  
Data Sources: Data is compiled from various sources. Read more


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