Northern Muji in China

The Muji, Northern have only been reported in China
Population
Main Language
Largest Religion
Christian
Evangelical
Progress
Progress Gauge

Introduction / History

The Muji were first listed in a 1903 survey of the tribes of western China. Today, even though they consider themselves a distinct people group with their own traditional dress and language. Their language is one of the so-called Yi languages, which is actually a conglomerate of various tribal languages, often with different linguistic roots.


Where Are they Located?

Over the the last 200 years the Muji have been pushed deep into the mountains by Han Chinese and settlers from other minority groups. Those who chose to stay in the plains were soon assimilated.


What Are Their Lives Like?

Because their villages are located high in the mountains often on rocky soil, the staple food of the Muji is maize, which grows well in such conditions.

Although Muji women north of the Honghe River wear an intricately decorated headdress which covers their entire head, their counterparts south of the river prefer to wear theirs differently. The southern Muji women have a peculiar custom of braiding their long hair into one thick braid and wrapping the braid around their foreheads. A decorative headdress is then worked into the braid producing a lovely, natural crown.


What Are Their Beliefs?

When a baby is born to a Muji couple, the child is thought to need a godfather and godmother. When the child turns six or seven years old, a suitable relative or friend is chosen who will provide protection and safety through life and into the afterlife. "A ceremony is held for which the parents prepare chicken and whisky and take the child to the home of his or her selected godfather and godmother. The godparents bestow a surname on the child, and then give the child symbolic jewelry and clothing. The ceremony comes to an end when the 'spirit rope' is fastened around the child's wrist. The spirit rope is thought to ensure the safe passage of the child's soul through life and into death."


What Are Their Needs?

The Muji people need to find their way to the Savior who can take away their fear of the spirit world and replace it with peace and joy in the Holy Spirit.


Prayer Points

* Scripture Prayers for the Muji, Northern in China.

* Pray for gospel workers to catch a vision for reaching the Northern Muji people for Jesus and that in God's sovereign timing their hearts would be open and ready to follow Him.
* Pray for Jesus movements to bless extended Northern Muji families so the gospel will spread rapidly among this people group.
* Pray for the spiritual lives of the Northern Muji people to become fruitful as they follow Christ.
* Pray for the lives and culture of the Northern Muji people to evidence the rule and reign of the Kingdom of God as they open to the gospel, and for the beauty of Jesus to be seen in them.


References

https://joshuaproject.net/people_groups/20606/ch
https://joshuaproject.net/people_groups/18613/ch
https://www.peoplegroups.org/explore/groupdetails.aspx?peid=49339


Profile Source:   Keith Carey  

People Name General Muji, Northern
People Name in Country Muji, Northern
Pronunciation Moo-jee
Natural Name Northern Muji
Population this Country 16,000
Population all Countries 16,000
Total Countries 1
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
GSEC 0  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
Alternate Names Bokha; Hlaka Mujima; Phula
People ID 20606
ROP3 Code 116884
Country China
Region Asia, Northeast
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 17  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Location in Country Yunnan province: south Mengzi county, Lengquan, Qilubai, and Shuitian townships; west Pingbian county, Xinxian township.   Source:  Ethnologue 2016
Country China
Region Asia, Northeast
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 17  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Location in Country Yunnan province: south Mengzi county, Lengquan, Qilubai, and Shuitian townships; west Pingbian county, Xinxian township..   Source:  Ethnologue 2016
Map of Muji, Northern in China Ethnolinguistic map or other map

Primary Language Muji, Northern (16,000 speakers)
Language Code ymx   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Unknown
Total Languages 1
Primary Language Muji, Northern (16,000 speakers)
Language Code ymx   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Muji, Northern

Primary Language:  Muji, Northern

Bible Translation Status:  Unspecified

Resource Type Resource Name
None reported  
Primary Religion: Ethnic Religions
Major Religion Percent
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.07 %)
0.07 %
Ethnic Religions
99.93 %
Hinduism
0.00 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
Christian Segments Percent
Anglican
Unknown
Independent
Unknown
Orthodox
Unknown
Other Christian
Unknown
Protestant
Unknown
Roman Catholic
Unknown
Map Source People Group location: IMB. Map geography: ESRI / GMI. Map design: Joshua Project.  
Profile Source Keith Carey  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more


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