Chin, Asho in Myanmar (Burma)

Chin, Asho
Photo Source:  Gerald Roberts 
Map Source:  Anonymous
People Name: Chin, Asho
Country: Myanmar (Burma)
10/40 Window: Yes
Population: 169,000
World Population: 171,700
Primary Language: Chin, Asho
Primary Religion: Buddhism
Christian Adherents: 15.00 %
Evangelicals: 10.00 %
Scripture: Complete Bible
Online Audio NT: No
Jesus Film: Yes
Audio Recordings: Yes
People Cluster: Kuki-Chin-Lushai
Affinity Bloc: Tibetan-Himalayan Peoples
Progress Level:

Identity

The Asho Chin are part of the great Chin race of Myanmar and India. There are approximately 1.4 million Chin, speaking 19 distinct languages and more than 40 dialects. It is not known in what nationality, if any, the Asho Chin of China have been included by the authorities.

History

Chin history goes back to the dawn of time. "The Chins have a story of the Tower of Babel to account for the various clans that inhabit the range of hills ... and traditions of a deluge are found everywhere." In the past, whole communities of Asho Chin in Myanmar were decimated by malaria. Why this group of Asho Chin migrated from their Myanmar homeland to faraway China is not known.

Customs

The Asho Chin have many customs involving courtship and marriage. "All the marriageable girls have their own rooms where young men come courting at night. If a girl gets pregnant, the parents allow them to marry. If the girl's family agrees, they may demand five or six pigs or a couple of cows as a dowry."

Religion

Most Asho Chin are animists even though many of the other Chin groups in Myanmar have embraced Christianity. "The people are afraid of evil spirits and of the spirits of their dead ancestors. In order to appease the angry spirits, they offer sacrifices of cows, pigs, buffaloes, goats, dogs or chickens.

Christianity

The status of Christianity among the Asho Chin in China is unknown. In Myanmar they were a completely untouched people group until native evangelists visited them in 1987: "The tribe was isolated from others - accessible only by dugout canoes, since there was not even a footpath or road to their villages. During the time the missionaries taught. 76 people invited Jesus into their lives." Gospel radio broadcasts are available in the Asho Chin language, but they are aimed at Myanmar and are probably not received in China.

Text Source:   Operation China, Asia Harvest  Copyrighted © 2020  Used with permission