Riang, Riang-Lang in China


Population
2,000
Christian
Evangelical
Largest Religion
Main Language
Progress
Progress Gauge

Identity

The Riang, who have been officially counted as part of the De'ang nationality in China, have been known by several names in the past. The British mistakenly called them the Black Karen because of their appearance, but the Riang have no ethnolinguistic relationship with the Karen. The Riang are not related to the identically named Riang group in India and Bangladesh.


History

The Riang in Zhenkang County are the only De'ang group that retains features of the ancient clan and village commune system that used to prevail. In the past, Tai landlords controlled all the land in the area. Strict demarcation lines were clearly signposted between different villages and plots of land. Stone posts can still be seen today in the fields of Zhengkang. Traditionally the Riang and other De'ang groups believe their first ancestor, Phu Sawti, was hatched from a serpent's egg - the result of a union between a Naga (female serpent-god) and a spirit.


Customs

The Riang's belief in the above legend can be observed today in the dress of their women. "From their early teens, the women wear 40 or 50 cane hoops apiece, one resting upon another to a depth of a foot around their hips. The undulating movement when they walk resembles a snake's motion."


Religion

The Riang are the only De'ang group who have never embraced Theravada Buddhism. The majority of Riang today are animists. They believe spirits live in objects of nature and must be placated before peace can be experienced in their communities.


Christianity

Missionaries worked among the Riang in Myanmar until they were expelled from the country in 1962. The Gospel of Mark was translated into Riang in 1950. Few members of this tribe have responded to the offer of salvation, however, and today there are no known churches among the Riang in either Myanmar or China.


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

People Name General Palaung, Riang-Lang
People Name in Country Riang, Riang-Lang
Population in China 2,000
World Population 17,000
Total Countries 2
Indigenous Yes
Unreached Yes
Unengaged Yes (per Finishing the Task)
Progress Scale 1
GSEC 1  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Alternate Names Black Yang, Riang-Lang, Yin
People ID 14554
ROP3 Code 108371
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 Yunnan province: Baoshan prefecture, Longyang county; Lincang prefecture, Zhenkang county.   Source:  Ethnologue 2016
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 Yunnan province: Baoshan prefecture, Longyang county; Lincang prefecture, Zhenkang county..   Source:  Ethnologue 2016

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Primary Language: Riang Lang (2,000 speakers)   People group listing
Language Code: ril   Ethnologue Listing
Written: Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages: 1
Primary Language: Riang Lang (2,000 speakers)   People group listing
Language Code: ril   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages: 1
Primary Language: Riang Lang

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions Yes   (1950)
New Testament No
Complete Bible No
 
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Primary Religion: Ethnic Religions

Major Religion Percent
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.00 %
Ethnic Religions
97.00 %
Hinduism
0.00 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
3.00 %
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: Operation China, Paul Hattaway   Copyrighted ©   Used with permission
Profile Source: Operation China, Paul Hattaway  Copyrighted ©   Used with permission  
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