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Axi in China

Axi

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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
100,000 Sani Ethnic Religions 3.00 % 0.08 % Not available Not available   

Axi in China

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Identity
The Axi people in Shilin County are closely related to the Sani. The Sani chose to live at the base of the Qui Mountains and therefore are more assimilated to Chinese culture. Seeing this, the Axi have chosen to remain hidden in the hills and retain their own identity. The Axi possess their own traditions, language, and style of dress.

History
The Axi claim to have originated in a place called Azhede in northwestern Sichuan many centuries ago. They are famous for their unique dance, the Axi Tiaoyue. It is a dance depicting a terrible fire long ago on the mountain where the Axi live. It burned for nine days and nine nights. The ground became so hot that the Axi had to hop up and down on one leg to avoid being burned. After the fire was extinguished, the Axi people played flutes and sanxians (a plucked instrument) to celebrate the victory. They hop around on one leg, imitating their firefighting heroics.

Customs
The Axi Tiaoyue is now famous throughout China. A troupe of 50 Axi dancers have performed it all over the country. In 1993 the troupe traveled to Europe where they performed in Portugal, France, and Germany. The Axi also participate in the Torch Festival which takes place at the Stone Forest every year.

Religion
The Axi believe demons will afflict them should someone in their village upset the spiritual harmony. Chickens and other animals are immediately sacrificed in an attempt to placate the demons and prevent them from causing further harm. A festival is held in the third lunar month in which the Axi strip down to their loincloths, paint their bodies, wear grotesque masks, and run around the hillsides. This enactment represents the time when the Fire god was drawn out of a pool of water.

Christianity
French Catholic missionary Père Alfred Liétard spearheaded work among the Axi beginning in the 1880s. Later, Paul Vial continued the work, heading a team of priests dedicated in reaching out to the Axi, Sani, and some other Yi groups in the area. Vial wrote, "These sweet, honest, naive, and likeable faces have conquered me." In 1948 Vial listed 1,500 Axi converts in seven churches. Today, mostly elderly Axi believers remain in the Shilin and Mile areas. Despite these Catholics, most Axi have yet to hear the gospel for the first time.

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Country: China
Continent: Asia
Region: Northeast Asia
Persecution Rank:39 (Only top 50 ranked, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
10/40 Window: Yes
Location in Country:More than 78,000 Axi live in Yunnan Province. The majority live in Mile County of Honghe Prefecture where 59,014 were reported in 1984. Others live near the Stone Forest in Shilin (formerly Lunan) County. About 300 Axi live in eastern Huaning County of Yuxi Prefecture and 1,200 in Luxi County. For centuries the Axi have lived in peaceful communities, separated from other groups in the area.
(Source: Operation China, 2000)
   
 
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People Name in Country: Axi
People Name General: Axi
Alternate People Names:
A-chiA-hi
A-hsiAhi
AoxiAsci
AshiAxhebo
AxiboAxipo
Axipu
ROP3 Code: 113999
Joshua Project People ID: 18405
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 100,000
Population all Countries: 100,000
Least-Reached: Yes
   
 
Affinity Bloc: Tibetan-Himalayan Peoples
People Cluster: Tibeto-Burman, other
People Name General: Axi
Ethnic Code: MSY50i
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Language
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Primary Language: Sani (100,000 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): ysn    Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages: 1
   
 
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Ethnic Religions
Major Religions:
Buddhism0.00 % 
Christianity3.00 %(Evangelical: 0.08 %)
Ethnic Religions94.00 % 
Hinduism0.00 % 
Islam0.00 % 
Non-Religious3.00 % 
Other / Small0.00 % 
Unknown0.00 % 
Christianity Segments:
Anglican0.00 %
Independent3.00 %
Protestant0.00 %
Orthodox0.00 %
Other Christian17.00 %
Roman Catholic80.00 %
 
(Evangelicals distributed across Christianity segments)
   
 
Progress Indicators [5]
Progress Scale[6]   Few evangelicals and few who claim to be Christians. Little, if any, history of Christianity.
Least-Reached: Yes
 
 
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New Testament: None Reported
Complete Bible: None Reported
 
 
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Axi in China

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