Tibetan, Central in Taiwan


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

Introduction / History

Written records of Tibetan history have survived from the seventh century AD, but it is known that nomadic tribes roamed Tibet as early as the second century BC. The cradle of Tibetan civilization is the Yarlung Valley area, about 80 kilometers (49 mi.) southeast of Lhasa. There, according to tradition, the union of a monkey and a she-devil created the Tibetan race. Around AD 600 the warrior-king of Yarlung, Namri Gampo, unified the clans of Tibet. He acquired a princess from Nepal and another one from China to be his wives. Under the persuasion of these two women, he combined the ancient Tibetan religion of Bon with Buddhist teachings.

For centuries the Chinese have claimed Tibet as an "unalienable part of China," despite Tibetans being culturally, historically, linguistically, and religiously distinct from Chinese. In the 1950s the Chinese took full control of Tibet, and Tibetans have been fleeing ever since.


Where Are they Located?

Most Tibetans live in Tibet, which is now a province in southwestern China, but a sizable number fled to northern India with the Dalai Lama decades ago. There is a smaller Tibetan diaspora in other countries like Taiwan, where they are not far from the long arm of the Chinese government.


What Are Their Lives Like?

Tibetans and Taiwanese share a fear of the powerful Chinese government. The Tibetan diaspora is noted for protesting the injustices faced by their people. Because of the Internet, they can obtain fresh information from Tibetans in China. Their network allows news to move fast.


What Are Their Beliefs?

The Tibetan Buddhist religion is the life-blood of the Tibetan people. It was placed over the powerful Tibetan religion of Bon, which is a mixture of magic, divination, demon worship, and shamanism. The patron saint of Tibet is Chenrezig, whose image has up to 11 heads and from 2 to 1,000 arms.


What Are Their Needs?

Tibetans in Switzerland have an opportunity to break the bondage of the spirit world and embrace Jesus Christ in their new homeland.


Prayer Points

* Ask the Lord to call people who are willing to go to Taiwan and share Christ with Tibetans.
* Ask the Holy Spirit to soften Tibetan hearts towards Christians so that they will be receptive to the gospel.
* Pray that God will raise up loving Taiwanese believers to reach out to their Tibetan neighbors.
* Ask the Lord to raise up a strong disciple making movement among Tibetans.
* Ask God to encourage and protect the small number Tibetans who follow Christ.


References

https://joshuaproject.net/people_groups/15468/CH
https://joshuaproject.net/people_groups/15468/TW
https://www.freetibet.org/news-media/na/new-tibet-group-formed-taiwan
http://www.taipeitimes.com/News/editorials/archives/2014/03/10/2003585283
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tibetan_diaspora
http://www.migrationpolicy.org/article/tibetan-diaspora-adapting-life-outside-tibet-part-ii
http://www.migrationpolicy.org/article/global-nomads-emergence-tibetan-diaspora-part-i
http://www.fmreview.org/technology/tobin.html
http://thediplomat.com/2015/11/tibet-taiwan-and-china-a-complex-nexus/
http://www.tibetanreview.net/taiwanese-rights-coalition-formed-to-work-for-tibet/


Profile Source:   Keith Carey  

People Name General Tibetan
People Name in Country Tibetan, Central
Population in Taiwan 2,000
World Population 1,058,100
Total Countries 10
Indigenous No
Unreached Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
Progress Scale 1
Alternate Names Bhokha, Bhote, Dalai, Dbus, Dbustsang, Lhasa, Lhasa Tibetan, Llasa, Phoke, Pohbetian, Tebilian, Tibate, Tseku, U, Wei, Weizang, Zang, टिबेटन
People ID 15468
ROP3 Code 110033
Country Taiwan
Region Northeast Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Country Taiwan
Region Northeast Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank Not ranked

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Ethnologue Language Map

Primary Language Tibetan, Central (2,000 speakers)
Language Code bod   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Tibetan, Central
Primary Language Tibetan, Central (2,000 speakers)
Language Code bod   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Tibetan, Central

Primary Language:  Tibetan, Central

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes   (1862-1991)
Bible-New Testament Yes   (1885-1973)
Bible-Complete Yes   (1948)
Possible Print Bibles
Amazon National Bible Societies
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Gospel Go World Bibles
Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (GRN)
Audio Recordings Fathers Love Letter
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video Creation to Christ (Indigitube.tv)
Film / Video God's Story Video
Film / Video Good News for You (Indigitube.tv)
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Tibetan, Central
Film / Video Phim (Indigitube.tv)
Film / Video Story of Jesus for Children (JF Project)
Film / Video The Hope Video
Primary Religion: Buddhism
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
98.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.01 %)
0.01 %
Ethnic Religions
1.60 %
Hinduism
0.00 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
0.39 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
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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