Za in China


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Introduction / History

The Za ethnic group is one of the most fascinating examples of fusion in China today. About 200 years ago the Za were believed to be the same as today's Geman Deng people, but at that time Tibetan political and religious leaders entered the area and exerted their influence over the people there. The result is a new ethnic group called Za by the Tibetans, who speak a distinct language from the Deng and who practice different customs. The Za were not counted under any official nationality in the 1990 China census but instead were included in a list of undetermined minorities.

Two hundred years ago, the Tibetans entered this area and set up a combined rule of government and religion, and subsequently the original inhabitants of the area slowly became Tibetanized. The Tibetans ruled the Za with an iron fist. The Za were not even allowed to travel outside the area without prior permission of the monk or administrator. Today, the Za have changed from the Geman Deng so much that they deserve to be viewed as a distinct ethnolinguistic group.


What Are Their Lives Like?

The Za have lost the use of all of their original customs and festivals; these are still practiced by Geman Deng people who lived outside the influence of Tibetan rule. Culturally the Za have become identical to the Tibetans.


What Are Their Beliefs?

The forefathers of the Za people were polytheists, worshiping nature and a host of spirits. However, the Tibetans took over the area long ago, and today the Za have been thoroughly converted to the Tibetan Buddhist religion.

Christianity has yet to make its presence felt in the isolated part of Tibet inhabited by the Za. Few roads led into the area until recently. Contact between the Za and the outside world is now possible. Today, the Za remain a completely unreached people group.


What Are Their Needs?

The Za people in China have yet to learn about our wonderful savior. They try to meet their spiritual needs in ways that do not bring the Light of the World to their communities. They have medical needs, material needs and a feeling of not being wanted or cared about.


Prayer Points

May the Bible be easily available to the Za people of China.
Pray for loving, Holy Spirit led workers to bring the fragrance of Christ to the Za people.


Scripture Prayers for the Za, Charumba in China.


References

Operation China, Asia Harvest, Copyrighted © Used with permission.


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The Amdo Tibetans

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People Name General Charumba
People Name in Country Za, Charumba
Natural Name Za
Alternate Names Meyor; Zakhring; चारूमबा
Population this Country 800
Population all Countries 2,000
Total Countries 2
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
GSEC 1  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
People ID 18354
ROP3 Code 113908
ROP25 Code 301678
ROP25 Name Charumba
Country China
Region Asia, Northeast
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 19  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Location in Country Approximately 2,500 people belonging to an ethnic group called the Za live in a remote area of southeastern Tibet. The Za, who were originally a collection of tribal peoples including relatives of today's Geman Deng people, live between Xiachayu and the Wanong Valley in Zayu County. Very few foreigners have ever ventured into this extremely remote part of China.   Source:  Operation China, 2000
Country China
Region Asia, Northeast
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 19  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Location in Country Approximately 2,500 people belonging to an ethnic group called the Za live in a remote area of southeastern Tibet. The Za, who were originally a collection of tribal peoples including relatives of today's Geman Deng people, live between Xiachayu and the Wanong Valley in Zayu County. Very few foreigners have ever ventured into this extremely remote part of China..   Source:  Operation China, 2000
Primary Religion: Buddhism
Religion Subdivision: Tibetan
Major Religion Percent
Buddhism
100.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
0.00 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
Primary Language Zakhring (800 speakers)
Language Code zkr   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Unknown
Total Languages 1
Primary Language Zakhring (800 speakers)
Language Code zkr   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Zakhring

Primary Language:  Zakhring

Bible Translation Status:  Unspecified

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