Aluo in China

The Aluo have only been reported in China
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Introduction / History

The Aluo believe their people group was founded by the legendary Ah-luo. They have taken their name from this hero, who was reputed to have possessed superhuman strength. "During his life, according to tribal mythology, there were nine suns and eight moons in the sky, the heat from which caused immense suffering on Earth. Ah-luo shot down all but one sun and moon, making human life possible.” In another story, Ah-luo is credited with single-handedly killing evil monsters that caused great human misery. After their death at Ah-luo's hand, the ghosts of the monsters appealed to Yama, the King of Hell, to avenge them. "After his own death, Yama turned Ah-luo's limbs into the Luo grove and his heart into what is now called the Luo Holy Stone."

The Aluo have been officially included as part of the Yi nationality by the Chinese authorities. They are one of more than 100 subgroups of Yi in Yunnan Province. Aluo is the self-name of this group. Neighboring peoples generally call them Hong Yi (Red Yi) because of the predominant color of their clothing. Since the name Aluo is taken from a Yi hero, some other groups in Yunnan may also identify themselves by that name, including the Eastern Nasu in Wuding County.


What Are Their Lives Like?

Once every 12 years, in the Year of the Horse, the Aluo celebrate the Paying Tribute to Ah-luo Festival. It takes place at a site where Ah-luo is believed to have become deified as a god. The venue is made up of 144 small pine trees and 80 small fir trees which form a path leading to the entrance. The 144 pine trees signify the 12 months in a year, multiplied by the 12 years that have elapsed since the last festival.


What Are Their Beliefs?

A visitor to the Aluo Festival related his experiences: "After passing through the arch, I saw the sacrificial altar. ... A container holding one hectoliter of grain ... symbolized the sacrifices to Ah-luo each year for the past twelve years. On the flat roof of the altar sat an oval pebble, a symbol of the reincarnated body of Ahluo. ... The main altar was presided over by an old shaman who was wearing a special sacrificial costume and chanting prayers from the Sutra scripture. Beside the main altar were eleven smaller altars where eleven other shamans led prayers."

There are no known Christians among the Aluo people today. Shizong and Luliang counties received little mission work prior to 1949, and few people there today are aware of the gospel. The Aluo's identity as a people is wrapped up in their reverence of Ah-luo, making it very difficult for them to break free and believe in Christ.


What Are Their Needs?

Pray for the spiritual blindness and bondage to the evil one to be removed so they can understand and respond to Christ.

Pray for the Lord to provide for their physical and spiritual needs as a testimony of his power and love.

Pray that the Aluo people will have a spiritual hunger that will open their hearts to the King of kings.

Pray for an unstoppable movement to Christ among them.


Prayer Points

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Scripture Prayers for the Aluo in China.


Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

People Name General Aluo
People Name in Country Aluo
Pronunciation Ah-luoh
Population this Country 28,000
Population all Countries 28,000
Total Countries 1
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
GSEC 1  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
Alternate Names Ah-luo; Aluopuo; Hong Yi; Hongyi; Ouluo; Red Yi
People ID 18391
ROP3 Code 113984
Country China
Region Asia, Northeast
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 17  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Location in Country Approximately 25,000 members of the Aluo tribe inhabit two counties in Yunnan Province. The majority of Aluo communities are in Shizong and Luliang counties, east of Kunming.   Source:  Operation China, 2000
Country China
Region Asia, Northeast
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 17  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Location in Country Approximately 25,000 members of the Aluo tribe inhabit two counties in Yunnan Province. The majority of Aluo communities are in Shizong and Luliang counties, east of Kunming..   Source:  Operation China, 2000
Primary Language Aluo (28,000 speakers)
Language Code yna   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Unknown
Total Languages 1
Primary Language Aluo (28,000 speakers)
Language Code yna   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Aluo

Primary Language:  Aluo

Bible Translation Status:  Unspecified

Resource Type Resource Name Source
None reported  
Primary Religion: Ethnic Religions
Major Religion Percent
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.00 %
Ethnic Religions
95.00 %
Hinduism
0.00 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
5.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
Christian Segments Percent
Anglican
Unknown
Independent
Unknown
Orthodox
Unknown
Other Christian
Unknown
Protestant
Unknown
Roman Catholic
Unknown
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Map Source Joshua Project / Global Mapping International  
Profile Source Joshua Project  
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