Zhuang, Minz in China

The Zhuang, Minz have only been reported in China
Population
178,000
Main Language
Largest Religion
Christian
Evangelical
Progress
Progress Gauge

Introduction / History

The Zhuang (Yongnan, Dai, Nong, Yang, Zuojiang) are a collection of related Central Tai language groups which have been combined with the Northern Zhuang - a collection of Northern Tai language groups - to form China's official Zhuang nationality. There are many tribes, clans, and self-designations among the Zhuang including the Minz. Zhuang subgroups usually live in Guangxi Province, but most of the Minz Zhuang live to the west of that province in Yunnan.

During the Qin Dynasty (221-207 BC), half a million Han convicts were exiled by Emperor Qin Shihuang to the Lingnan region in southern China (now Guangxi and Guangdong). There they intermingled with the various branches of the Bai Yue nationality. The Zhuang today are thought to be the descendants of the Bai Yue. Historically, the Zhuang were called Tuliao or Sharen.


What Are Their Lives Like?

Minz Zhuang homes are usually built on stilts. A newly married woman stays with her parents until after the birth of the first child. Only then does she go to live with her husband in his village.


What Are Their Beliefs?

The first Protestant missionary to the Zhuang was R. H. Graves, a Southern Baptist, who arrived in Guangxi in 1862. In 1895 the Christian & Missionary Alliance commenced work in Guangxi. They established 65 churches over a 50- year period. Most of these churches were attended by Han Chinese, but small numbers of Zhuang also attended. The Zhuang have great linguistic diversity. Little has changed since this 1922 report describing Guangxi, the homeland of most Zhuang people: "There are 58 cities, 700 market towns, and over 17,000 villages, all teeming with human lives for whom no effort whatever is being put forth."

The Minz Zhuang people are careful not to offend the spirit world that surrounds them. They believe in the spirits of the water, forest, mountain, village, etc. One wonders how many of them have looked upon the beauty around them and thought that there must be an all-powerful creator.


Prayer Points

* Thank God for faithful intercessors who are praying for the Zhuang peoples!
*Pray for the Minz Zhuang people to have a powerful spiritual thirst that will compel them to seek and find the creator of all the beauty they see in their homeland.
* Pray for a Disciple-Making movement to flourish among the Minz and other Zhuang peoples.


References

https://joshuaproject.net/people_groups/19686/CH
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Min_Zhuang_language
http://www.wycliffe.net/world?continent=GLB&country=CH&code=zgm
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zhuang_people
https://www.chinahighlights.com/travelguide/nationality/zhuang.htm


Profile Source:   Keith Carey  

Prayer / Resource Links:
Global Prayer Digest: 2014-07-12
People Name General Zhuang, Minz
People Name in Country Zhuang, Minz
Population in China 178,000
World Population 178,000
Total Countries 1
Indigenous Yes
Unreached Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 3
Progress Scale 1
GSEC 2  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Alternate Names
People ID 20323
ROP3 Code 115010
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 Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region: Dejing area, Debao, Jingxi, and Napo counties; Yunnan province: Wenshan Zhuang and Miao Autonomous Prefecture, Funing county, Langheng district, Tianbeng township, Anha, Bagan, Gecai, Getao, Gezao, Longnong, Na’en, Sankeshu, Shangmabu, Tianfang, and Xionggu villages.   Source:  Ethnologue 2016
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 Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region: Dejing area, Debao, Jingxi, and Napo counties; Yunnan province: Wenshan Zhuang and Miao Autonomous Prefecture, Funing county, Langheng district, Tianbeng township, Anha, Bagan, Gecai, Getao, Gezao, Longnong, Na’en, Sankeshu, Shangmabu, Tianfang, and Xionggu villages..   Source:  Ethnologue 2016

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Primary Language Zhuang, Minz (178,000 speakers)
Language Code zgm   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Unknown
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Zhuang, Minz
Primary Language Zhuang, Minz (178,000 speakers)
Language Code zgm   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Zhuang, Minz

Primary Language:  Zhuang, Minz

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions No
Bible-New Testament No
Bible-Complete No
Resource Type Resource Name
None reported  
Primary Religion: Ethnic Religions
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
Unknown
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.20 %)
0.50 %
Ethnic Religions
99.50 %
Hinduism
Unknown
Islam
Unknown
Non-Religious
Unknown
Other / Small
Unknown
Unknown
Unknown
Christian Segments Percent
Anglican
Unknown
Independent
Unknown
Orthodox
Unknown
Other Christian
Unknown
Protestant
Unknown
Roman Catholic
Unknown
Profile Source Keith Carey  
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