Hmong Njua in Laos


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Introduction / History

The Hmong Njua are not the same ethnic group, nor do they speak the same language as the identically named Hmong in Thailand, Vietnam, and Laos. In their language, the same word is used for both green and blue. For this reason, the Green Hmong have been listed as Blue Hmong in many publications. To simplify the situation some scholars have listed them by their autonym, Hmong Njua. Chinese sources use the names Qing Miao or Lu Miao to describe this group. Hmong Njua women's clothing in China is very similar to the clothing of the Hmong Leng group. In Vietnam, however, the Hmong Njua clothing style is very different. "All the clothing is made from heavily indigo-dyed hemp cloth with no embroidery. Both women and men wear knee-length trousers and a long jacket... because of cold weather in Sa Pa."
As a result of the numerous wars waged against the Hmong during the Qing Dynasty, most of the survivors "dispersed in several directions." The Hmong in Vietnam and Laos migrated from China at the end of the 1700s and the beginning of the 1800s. "Due to geographical separation... the two Hmong Njua groups [China and Vietnam] have no extensive sociocultural contact and do not consider each other to belong to the same group."


What Are Their Lives Like?

There are several ways for young Hmong Njua to show their admiration for each other. In some areas, lovers give each other fruit tree saplings which they plant together. For years to come they go into the woods together and tend to their growing trees. Some crops harvested in southern Yunnan include sugarcane, tea, hemp, cotton and maize.


What Are Their Beliefs?

Most Hmong Njua are animists. They are susceptible to being deceived by strong influential figures. One of their legends tells of a Hmong savior who will come and lead them into their own land where they will be left alone in peace. In recent decades thousands of Hmong in Vietnam have followed a miracle-working leader who claims to be the Hmong savior.


What Are Their Needs?

Although there are large Christian communities among the Hmong Njua in Vietnam, their counterparts in China are an unreached people group. More than half have yet to receive a clear presentation of the gospel. The JESUS Film is available in "Blue Miao" - the only translation completed in any Miao/Hmong language. Most Hmong Njua in China can understand it, depending on the amount of contact they have had with their Hmong Daw neighbors. Many Hmong Njua can also understand the Hmong Daw gospel radio programs.


Prayer Points

Pray for a complete harvest among this Hmong group in China, Laos and beyond.
Pray for the Holy Spirit to move among this Hmong group in a powerful way, turning many hearts to the Lord of lords.
Pray for them to soon be discipling other people groups in Laos.


Scripture Prayers for the Hmong Njua in Laos.


References

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Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

The Miao

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People Name General Hmong Njua
People Name in Country Hmong Njua
Pronunciation mung JOO-ah
Alternate Names Black Meo; Blue Meo; Blue Miao; Flowery Meo; Green Miao; H'mông (Mèo); Hmong Njua, (green); Hmong-Lao; Lu Miao; Miao; Miao Chuan; Miao Hwa; Miao, Green; Miao, Southern Hua; Qing Miao; White Meo
Population this Country 227,000
Population all Countries 783,000
Total Countries 10
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 4
Unreached No
Frontier People Group No
GSEC 1  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Pioneer Workers Needed
People ID 18495
ROP3 Code 114106
ROP25 Code 305438
ROP25 Name Miao / Hmong
Country Laos
Region Asia, Southeast
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 21  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Location in Country North, widespread; co-extensive with Hmong Daw [mww].   Source:  Ethnologue 2016
Country Laos
Region Asia, Southeast
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 21  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Location in Country North, widespread; co-extensive with Hmong Daw [mww]..   Source:  Ethnologue 2016
Map of Hmong Njua in Laos Ethnolinguistic map or other map

Primary Religion: Ethnic Religions
Major Religion Percent
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 3.00 %)
4.00 %
Ethnic Religions
96.00 %
Hinduism
0.00 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
Primary Language Hmong Njua (227,000 speakers)
Language Code hnj   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 1
Primary Language Hmong Njua (227,000 speakers)
Language Code hnj   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Hmong Njua
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Map Source People Group location: IMB. Map geography: ESRI / GMI. Map design: Joshua Project.  
Video Source Asia Harvest
Profile Source Joshua Project 
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