Cun in China

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Map Source:  Bethany World Prayer Center
People Name: Cun
Country: China
10/40 Window: Yes
Population: 97,000
World Population: 97,000
Primary Language: Cun
Primary Religion: Ethnic Religions
Christian Adherents: 4.12 %
Evangelicals: 4.12 %
Scripture: Unspecified
Online Audio NT: No
Jesus Film: No
Audio Recordings: No
People Cluster: Kadai
Affinity Bloc: Southeast Asian Peoples
Progress Level:

Introduction / History

The Cun were originally Han Chinese people who migrated to Hainan Island and intermingled with the Li people. After many centuries they developed their own language and ethnic identity.

The Cun (village) people have been officially included as part of the Han Chinese nationality by the central government, even though their language is considered a dialect of the Ha Li language. Note that the speakers of the Lingao language in northern Hainan also refer to their language as the "village (Cun) language." Chinese scholars have named that language Lingao to avoid confusion.

One linguist has noted, "There are numerous Han Chinese nationality members around Changcheng on the west coast who speak Cunhua 'village language' which is one of the four Ha dialects of Li." There is some confusion regarding the exact linguistic affiliation of Cun. One respected source classifies it as "Sino-Tibetan, Zhuang-Dong" and describes it as "a separate language that resembles Li." Others have placed Cun in the Li- Laqua branch of the Kadai language family. Cun, which has ten tones, also contains many Chinese loanwords. The majority of Cun are bilingual in the Hainanese dialect of Chinese.

What Are Their Lives Like?

The Cun are simple-hearted people. They are extremely poor and do not wear a traditional dress unique to their people. Their main concerns are for the welfare of their families and the annual success of their crops.

What Are Their Beliefs?

Most Cun are animists, but religion does not take a very important role in their daily lives.

Although most Cun live in complete spiritual darkness and neglect, there have been promising signs in recent years. In 1994 a Hong Kong-based mission gave Bible training to several Cun. When they first came to the course the middle-aged students had never heard of God, but the Holy Spirit found their hearts fertile ground for his Word. After three months the Cun were filled with Christ's peace and love and were desperate to return immediately to their own people to tell them the way to salvation. They did this and met with immediate success. Many of their family members and fellow villagers were overjoyed to hear the news that Christ died for their sins. By 1998 there were three or four churches among the Cun.

What Are Their Needs?

The Cun people need to submit to Jesus Christ so they can experience the abundant life he offers in John 10:10.

Prayer Points

Pray for the Lord to intervene in their families, calling people to his side.

Pray for loving workers.

Pray for their hearts to be drawn to the Lord of lords.

Pray for a church planting movement to thrive in their communities.

Text Source:   Joshua Project