Chabao Jiarong in China

The Chabao Jiarong have only been reported in China
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Largest Religion
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Introduction / History

The Jiarong population has been kept relatively low over the centuries because of wars and disease. In the 1930s it was reported: "Aborigines [minorities] seize and kill members of other nationalities. Abandoned hovels and wasteland due to pillage … are common sights. Violent attacks on communities as well as government punitive actions against them, cost many tens of thousands of lives."

The Chabao Jiarong have been counted as part of the Tibetan nationality by the Chinese. "Barkam has a mixed population of Chinese, Jiarong, and Khampa Tibetans. The town was constructed in the 1950s on the site of a regionally important monastery after the Chinese built a road to open up this mountainous region."

Chabao Jiarong - which is not mutually intelligible with the other Jiarong languages - is part of the Qiangic branch of Tibeto-Burman. The Chabao Jiarong have been influenced by the Tibetans, more than the four other Jiarong language groups. Most group members can also speak the local dialect of Khampa. Jiarong adults are reported to have a 27% literacy rate. Most scholars in the West (and some in China) believe Jiarong is an independent language, while others think it is merely a dialect of Tibetan. "Political and sociological arguments brought into this discussion tend to cloud objectivity."


What Are Their Lives Like?

The Chabao Jiarong have survived the extreme Barkam winters for centuries. Little fruit or vegetables grow in the area. Their main crop is barley. The Jiarong diet mainly consists of fat, meat and soured yogurt.


What Are Their Beliefs?

Approximately one-fifth of the Jiarong follow the Bon religion. Bon, a mixture of black magic and shamanism, was the religion of all Tibetans before Buddhism arrived from India during the seventh century AD. Buddhism was incorporated into existing Bon rituals.

The good news that Christ has defeated the devil has not yet reached the ears of the Chabao Jiarong. Isobel Kuhn once wrote, "The only person who does not believe that the devil is a person is someone who has never attempted to combat him or his ways. The simple tribesman going through his animistic incantations is wiser than such a drugged intellectual. He, at least, knows there is a devil; and he has ways to appease him temporarily."


What Are Their Needs?

Without the guidance of Christ, these people will be lost in this life and the life to come. They need someone to go to them as Christ-bearers.


Prayer Points

Pray for the Lord to provide for their needs as a testimony of his power and love.
Pray workers arise to help the Chabao Jiarong realize that they are loved and accepted by Christ, and that the people group can pursue worshipping Him instead.
Pray for the work of the Holy Spirit to move mightily among the Chabao Jiarong.


Scripture Prayers for the Jiarong, Chabao in China.


References

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Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

People Name General Jiarong, Chabao
People Name in Country Jiarong, Chabao
Natural Name Chabao Jiarong
Pronunciation Cha-baow Gee-ah-rong
Alternate Names Chabao; Chiarong; Gyarong; Gyarung; Jarong; Jiarong; Jyarung; Northeastern Jiarong; Northern Jiarong; Northern Jyarung; Rgyarong
Population this Country 18,000
Population all Countries 18,000
Total Countries 1
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
GSEC 1  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
People ID 18507
ROP3 Code 114119
ROP25 Code 303378
ROP25 Name Jiarong
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 14,000 speakers of the Chabao Jiarong language live in northwest Sichuan Province. They are primarily concentrated in the Longerjia, Dazang, and Shaerzong townships in Chabao District. Chabao lies within Barkam County in Aba Prefecture. Barkam is called Ma'er-kang by local Jiarong and Tibetans. The Chabao Jiarong live on grassland plateaus between several rivers that run through the region. The Chabao Jiarong dominate the total population of Chabao District.   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 14,000 speakers of the Chabao Jiarong language live in northwest Sichuan Province. They are primarily concentrated in the Longerjia, Dazang, and Shaerzong townships in Chabao District. Chabao lies within Barkam County in Aba Prefecture. Barkam is called Ma'er-kang by local Jiarong and Tibetans. The Chabao Jiarong live on grassland plateaus between several rivers that run through the region. The Chabao Jiarong dominate the total population of Chabao District..   Source:  Operation China, 2000
Map of Jiarong, Chabao in China Ethnolinguistic map or other map

Primary Religion: Buddhism
Religion Subdivision: Tibetan
Major Religion Percent
Buddhism
90.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.00 %
Ethnic Religions
9.00 %
Hinduism
0.00 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
1.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
Primary Language Jiarong
Language Code jya   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 1
Primary Language Jiarong
Language Code jya   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Jiarong

Primary Language:  Jiarong

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1932)
Bible-New Testament No
Bible-Complete No
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Map Source People Group location: IMB. Map geography: ESRI / GMI. Map design: Joshua Project.  
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