Parsee in China


Population
5,600
Christian
Evangelical
Largest Religion
Main Language
Progress
Progress Gauge

Introduction / History

When Muslims came to Persia in the 7th century, they began to discriminate against the Zoroastrian Parsees, so many of them fled to western India. In India, they became known as "Pars," the people from Persia, and they retained the Zoroastrian religion. We now call them the Parsees. Later, under British rule, they became a highly respected group whose socio-political and economic influence was out of proportion to their relatively small numbers. They are small in number, and their numbers are dwindling even in Hong Kong.


Where Are they Located?

Most Parsees live in India, but there are a small number who live in Hong Kong.


What Are Their Lives Like?

It wasn't until the 1700s when Parsee businessmen arrived in Hong Kong to help the East India Company expand. They made great contributions to Hong Kong such as helping to develop the University of Hong Kong. Today the Parsees are often associated with business and banking.


What Are Their Beliefs?

Zoroastrians believes in one god only, Ahura Mazda, and they perceive themselves as the first monotheistic religion in history. They worship only in the presence of fire, and will not allow "outsiders" to convert to their religion. One must be born into this religion.


What Are Their Needs?

People of wealth often don't realize that they have spiritual needs that must only be met by God Himself. The Zoroastrians believe that their willingness to worship only one god will put them in good standings. They don't realize how much they need to depend on the one and only God of Heaven.


Prayer Points

* Pray that the Zoroastrian Parsees will understand that they remain poor and in need of a savior from sin until they embrace the King of kings.
* Pray for a church planting movement among Parsees in Hong Kong that will spread to India.
* Pray for believers in Hong Kong to reach out to the Parsees.


References

https://joshuaproject.net/people_groups/14322/CH
http://world.time.com/2013/07/17/in-hong-kong-a-once-prominent-parsi-community-faces-demise/
http://varsity.com.cuhk.edu.hk/index.php/2014/05/zoroastrians-in-hong-kong/
http://www.globalprayerdigest.org/index.php/issue/day/Zoroastrian-Parsees-in-Canada/
http://www.oxfordscholarship.com/view/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198267591.001.0001/acprof-9780198267591-chapter-4
https://www.questia.com/library/journal/1P3-1884238781/the-parsis-of-india-and-the-opium-trade-in-china


Profile Source:   Keith Carey  

People Name General Parsee
People Name in Country Parsee
Population in China 5,600
World Population 165,200
Total Countries 12
Indigenous No
Unreached Yes
Progress Scale 1
Alternate Names Parsis, Parzi, Zarathushti, Zardasht, Zarrushti, Zarthusht, Zarushti, Zoroastrians, पारसी
People ID 14322
ROP3 Code 107901
Country China
Region Northeast Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 33  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Country China
Region Northeast Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 33  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)

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Primary Language: Parsi (5,600 speakers)   People group listing
Language Code: prp   Ethnologue Listing
Written: Unknown
Total Languages: 1
Primary Language: Parsi (5,600 speakers)   People group listing
Language Code: prp   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages: 1
Primary Language: Parsi

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: Other / Small
Religion Subdivision: Zoroastrianism

Major Religion Percent
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
0.00 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
100.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
Christian Segments Percent
Anglican
Unknown
Independent
Unknown
Orthodox
Unknown
Other Christian
Unknown
Protestant
Unknown
Roman Catholic
Unknown
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Profile Source: Keith Carey  
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