Bunan in China

The Bunan have only been reported in China
Population
2,100
Main Language
Largest Religion
Christian
Evangelical
Progress
Progress Gauge

Identity

The Bunan are a little-known people group. They are not mentioned in Chinese literature, so it is uncertain how they are officially classified. They may have been included in the Tibetan nationality because of linguistic and religious similarities. The area of China where they live is so remote that it is possible they were not counted at all in the Chinese census.


History

Numerous small ethnolinguistic peoples live along the Tibetan border with India and Nepal in very sparsely populated locations. China and India had several armed border clashes in the 1950s and 1960s. China has since claimed thousands of square miles of territory from India, including the area inhabited by the Bunan.


Customs

Bunan culture has been heavily influenced by their devotion to Tibetan Buddhism. Their lives are a long struggle against harsh winters. Because very little fruit or vegetables can grow in the Bunan region, their diet is comprised almost entirely of meat, fat, and yak yogurt.


Religion

Many Bunan make annual pilgrimages to Lake Manasarovar and Mt. Kailas - two holy Buddhist sites in western Tibet. The Bunan are trapped in an endless cycle of doing good works, a vain bid to ensure a better reincarnation in the next life.


Christianity

The Bunan's isolated homeland is so remote that few outsiders have ever traveled there. The Indian government, who also claim the territory inhabited by the Bunan, did not find out that the Chinese had built a road there until two years after it was completed. The Bunan in India had parts of the Bible translated into their language by missionaries in 1911, but these have been out of print since 1923. Currently the Christians located closest to the Bunan are the small number of Moravian believers found among the Ladakhi people of northern India.


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Prayer / Resource Links:
Global Prayer Digest: 2010-08-10
People Name General Bunan
People Name in Country Bunan
Population in China 2,100
World Population 2,100
Total Countries 1
Indigenous Yes
Unreached Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
Unengaged Yes (per Finishing the Task)
Progress Scale 1
GSEC 1  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Alternate Names Boonan, Erankad, Gahri, Ghara, Keylong Boli, Lahaula, Lahul, Lahuli, Lahuli of Bunan, Poonan, Punan
People ID 18423
ROP3 Code 114018
Country China
Region Northeast Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 39  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Location in Country Approximately 6,000 Gahri (Bunan) people live on both sides of the remote India-China border in the western Himalayan mountains. The Ethnologue lists a 1997 estimate of 4,000 Gahri living in the Gahr Valley in the north Indian state of Himachal Pradesh. A further 1,500 Gahri people live across the border in an extremely isolated area of western Tibet.   Source:  Peoples of the Buddhist World, 2004
Country China
Region Northeast Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 39  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Location in Country Approximately 6,000 Gahri (Bunan) people live on both sides of the remote India-China border in the western Himalayan mountains. The Ethnologue lists a 1997 estimate of 4,000 Gahri living in the Gahr Valley in the north Indian state of Himachal Pradesh. A further 1,500 Gahri people live across the border in an extremely isolated area of western Tibet..   Source:  Peoples of the Buddhist World, 2004
Primary Language Gahri (2,100 speakers)
Language Code bfu   Ethnologue Listing
Primary Dialect Bunan
Dialect Code 2424   Global Recordings Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Gahri
Primary Language Gahri (2,100 speakers)
Language Code bfu   Ethnologue Listing
Primary Dialect Bunan
Dialect Code 2424   Global Recordings Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Gahri

Primary Language:  Gahri

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes   (1911-1923)
Bible-New Testament No
Bible-Complete No
Possible Print Bibles
Amazon National Bible Societies
Forum of Bible Agencies World Bible Finder
Gospel Go World Bibles
Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (GRN)
Primary Religion: Buddhism
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
99.80 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.20 %)
0.20 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
0.00 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
Christian Segments Percent
Anglican
0.0 %
Independent
100.0 %
Orthodox
0.0 %
Other Christian
0.0 %
Protestant
0.0 %
Roman Catholic
0.0 %
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