Shangri La Tibetan in China

The Shangri La Tibetan have only been reported in China
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Introduction / History

Local legends say the ancestors of the Shangri La Tibetans were Qiang people who came to Zhongdian, fought and overcame the locals in battle, and eventually became assimilated to Tibetan ways. This would explain the linguistic, clothing, and cultural differences they have today with other Tibetan groups. Zhongdian is home to the Shangri La Tibetans. Thus, they are known either as Shangri La Tibetans or Zhongdians.


What Are Their Lives Like?

Their women still wear a different traditional dress from all other Tibetans. Shangri La Tibetan women prefer to wear a cone-shaped headdress which they wrap inside a scarf. They live in two-story wooden houses. Except for a few new roads and electricity lines, life has not changed much in this remote part of China.


What Are Their Beliefs?

The great majority of Shangri La Tibetans adhere to Tibetan Buddhism. The large Jietang Songlin Monastery, which houses several hundred monks, is located just to the north of Zhongdian Township.

French Catholic missionaries commenced work among the Shangri La Tibetans in the late 1800s. Today, a large French-style cathedral still stands at Tchronteu, near Weixi. "The purpose of the monks of Saint Bernard was to minister to all in need who traveled over the high mountain trails in trade and commerce. Their most valuable helpers were huge Saint Bernard dogs - half Swiss and half Tibetan. In the city of Weixi, the monks, helped by the Cluny Sisters of Saint Joseph and two Tibetan nuns, ran a mission school attended by children from Sikkim, Nepal, Bhutan and Tibet." A Catholic priest was responsible for 9,500 Tibetan believers in his area. Of these, about 7,500 belong to the Deqen Tibetan group and 2,000 to the Shangri La Tibetans.


What Are Their Needs?

the Shangri La Tibetan people need to allow Jesus to be their Lord and find their identity in relationship with him.


Prayer Points

Pray for the Lord to reveal himself as savior and friend to the Shangri La Tibetan people.
Pray for laborers to be sent to these people with a passion to see them come to salvation in Christ.
Pray that the Holy Spirit would be opening and preparing their hearts to receive the gospel.
Pray that they would not see Christianity as an outside movement or religion, but they would see salvation as God’s redemption plan that he’s offered all along.
Pray for discipleship communities to grow and thrive among the Shangri La Tibetan people.


Scripture Prayers for the Tibetan, Shangri La in China.


References

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People Name General Tibetan, Shangri La
People Name in Country Tibetan, Shangri La
Natural Name Shangri La Tibetan
Alternate Names Chongtien; Chung-tien Tibetans; Khampa; Rgyalathang; Zhongdian; Zhongdian Tibetans
Population this Country 103,000
Population all Countries 103,000
Total Countries 1
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group No
Pioneer Workers Needed 2
People ID 18700
ROP3 Code 114332
ROP25 Code 308145
ROP25 Name Tibetan
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 Most inhabit villages in Shangri-La, Weixi and Lijiang counties in the north-western part of Yunnan Province, China. A few Shangri-La (Zhongdian) families have reportedly migrated to Switzerland.   Source:  Peoples of the Buddhist World, 2004
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 Most inhabit villages in Shangri-La, Weixi and Lijiang counties in the north-western part of Yunnan Province, China. A few Shangri-La (Zhongdian) families have reportedly migrated to Switzerland..   Source:  Peoples of the Buddhist World, 2004

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Primary Religion: Buddhism
Religion Subdivision: Tibetan
Major Religion Percent
Buddhism
95.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.10 %)
3.50 %
Ethnic Religions
1.50 %
Hinduism
0.00 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
Primary Language Tibetan, Khams (103,000 speakers)
Language Code khg   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 1
Primary Language Tibetan, Khams (103,000 speakers)
Language Code khg   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Tibetan, Khams
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