Rawang, Nung in Myanmar (Burma)


Population
158,000
Christian
Evangelical
Largest Religion
Main Language
Progress
Progress Gauge

Identity

The Rawang have been officially included as part of the Derung nationality in China. Although the Rawang and Derung are related, their languages are inherently unintelligible. The Rawang consist of between 75 and 100 dialect groups in Myanmar, each with a different name. The Derung are the largest subgroup found in China, and so they were granted status by that name. The particular Rawang group referred to in this profile call themselves Zerwang. The Zerwang in Myanmar are located in the Mondam area.


History

When Rawang and Nu people greet each other they say, "In the remote past, we were brothers." They believe that they were separated by the river and then evolved into different groups. In the past, each Rawang clan had a shaman who directed warfare and settled disputes. The clans were "politically separate entities, which formed political alliances in times of danger from other communities."


Customs

Many of the Rawang in China have intermarried with Tibetans and formed mixed communities. Rawang men are renowned for their hunting skills.


Religion

The mass movement of the Rawang in Myanmar to Christ is one of the great mission stories of the twentieth century. It is said that when the Morse family started ministering to them there were no Rawang Christians, but by the time they were forced to leave Burma in the 1960s there were just a few old men who were not believers.


Christianity

Today almost all of the Rawang in Myanmar, and at least half of them in China, are Christians. They have proven faithful to Christ and have taken the responsibility to send evangelistic teams to other groups in the Tibet-Yunnan-Myanmar border region. Largely because of the Morse family's labors, the full Bible exists in the Rawang language and they have their own gospel radio broadcasts.


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

People Name General Rawang
People Name in Country Rawang, Nung
Population in Myanmar (Burma) 158,000
World Population 158,700
Total Countries 2
Indigenous Yes
Least-Reached No
Progress Scale 5
GSEC 6  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Alternate Names Bunong, Chiutse, Chopa, Gantung, Highland Nung, Hkanung, Kiutze, Kiutzu, Krangku, Nong, Nung, Nung Rawang, Qiuce, Serwang, Tai Nung, Tangsar, Taron, Zerwang
People ID 14528
Country Myanmar (Burma)
Region Southeast Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 23  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Location in Country Kachin state, Putao District, north of Myitkyina.   Source:  Ethnologue 2010
Country Myanmar (Burma)
Region Southeast Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 23  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Location in Country Kachin state, Putao District, north of Myitkyina.   Source:  Ethnologue 2010

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Primary Language: Rawang (158,000 speakers)   People group listing
Language Code: raw   Ethnologue Listing
Written: Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Primary Dialect: Zithung
Dialect Code: 15960   Global Recordings Listing
Total Languages: 1
Primary Language: Rawang (158,000 speakers)   People group listing
Language Code: raw   Ethnologue Listing
Primary Dialect: Zithung
Dialect Code: 15960   Global Recordings Listing
Total Languages: 1
Primary Language: Rawang

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions Yes   (1952-1963)
New Testament Yes   (1974-1981)
Complete Bible Yes   (1986)
 
Possible Print Bibles
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Gospel Go
World Bible Finder
World Bibles
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 Rawang
Text / Printed Matter EasyBibles
Text / Printed Matter World Missionary Press Booklets
Primary Religion: Christianity
Religion Subdivision: Protestant

Major Religion Percent
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 45.00 %)
80.00 %
Ethnic Religions
20.00 %
Hinduism
0.00 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
Christian Segments Percent
Anglican
0.0 %
Independent
22.0 %
Orthodox
0.0 %
Other Christian
0.0 %
Protestant
75.0 %
Roman Catholic
3.0 %
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Profile Source: Operation China, Paul Hattaway  Copyrighted ©   Used with permission  
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