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Tai Man, Shan in China

Tai Man, Shan

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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
700 Shan Buddhism 0.00 % 0.00 %   

Tai Man, Shan in China

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The inhabitants of the one Shan village in China have been included under the Dai nationality. The name Shan is used by different Tai groups in various ways throughout China. The predominant Tai group in the Dehong Prefecture are the Tai Mao, who sometimes call themselves Shan. Furthermore, the Tai Nua are often called Yunnanese Shan. The Shan are very proud of their racial identity. They call themselves Tai Yay, meaning "greater Tai." Although the different Tai peoples view themselves as from the same ethnic stock, for reasons of determining Christian strategy it is important to classify them according to their various ethnic and linguistic affiliations.

The Shan are one of the great peoples of Southeast Asia. They dominate the state in northern Myanmar that bears their name. Desiring their own independent homeland, rebel Shan armies have been fighting the Burmese since the end of World War II.

Traditionally all Shan boys are sent to a temple at the age of seven or eight, where they receive their education from Buddhist monks. In recent decades the region has seen rampant drug trafficking between China and Myanmar.

The Shan have been ardent followers of Theravada Buddhism for many centuries. Gold colored temples are scattered throughout the jungles and mountains of Shan State. All Shan community life is centered around their religion. Unlike most Buddhists who believe in karma, the Shan believe they are protected from evil by the spiritual power of Buddha idols and spirits.

Mission research ministries have designated the Shan of Myanmar the ninth largest unreached people in the world. Missionaries first started reaching out to the Shan in 1860, and the Shan New Testament was completed in 1882. Historically, few Shan have responded to the gospel, largely because of their ethnic pride and identity as Buddhists. In recent years some breakthroughs have occurred in Myanmar. There are no Christians reported among the Shan in China, even though the Bible, the Jesus film, and gospel radio broadcasts are all available in the Shan language.

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Country: China
Continent: Asia
Region: Northeast Asia
Persecution Rank:43 (Only top 50 ranked, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
10/40 Window: Yes
Total Provinces on file:1
Location in Country:They are concentrated throughout Shan State, in north-east Myanmar. In Thailand, they inhabit the provinces of Chiang Rai, Chiang Mai and Mae Hong Son. A small group lives on the other side of Thailand in Mukdahan Province.
(Source: Peoples of the Buddhist World, 2004)
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People Name in Country: Tai Man, Shan
People Name General: Tai Man, Shan
Alternate People Names:
Burmese ShanCha Shan
DaiGreat Thai
Red ShanSen
ShyamTai Jai
Tai LongTai Luang
Tai NeuaTai Yai
ROP3 Code: 113721
Joshua Project People ID: 18205
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 700
Population all Countries: 4,696,000
Least-Reached: Yes
Affinity Bloc: Southeast Asian Peoples
People Cluster: Shan
People Name General: Tai Man, Shan
Ethnic Code: MSY49c
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
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Primary Language: Shan (700 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): shn    Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages: 1
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Buddhism
Religion Sub-division:Theravada
Major Religions:
Buddhism95.00 % 
Christianity0.00 %(Evangelical: 0.00 %)
Ethnic Religions3.00 % 
Hinduism0.00 % 
Islam0.00 % 
Non-Religious2.00 % 
Other / Small0.00 % 
Unknown0.00 % 
Christianity Segments:
Anglican0.00 %
Independent0.00 %
Protestant0.00 %
Orthodox0.00 %
Other Christian0.00 %
Roman Catholic0.00 %
(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
Bible Translation Status
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Bible Portions: 1871-1995
New Testament:
Complete Bible: 1892-1995
Possible Bible Sources: Forum of Bible Agencies
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Ministry Resources [7]
Audio RecordingsMegaVoice Audio Bible and Stories
Audio RecordingsAudio Bible teaching (GRN)
Audio RecordingsOnline New Testament (FCBH)
Audio RecordingsStory of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project ...
Film / VideoGod's Story Video
Film / VideoJesus Film: view in Shan
Film / VideoRetaliate Witih Love (
Film / VideoThe Gospel - Shan Animation (Indigitube. ...
Film / VideoThe Way to Worship in God's House (Indig ...
GeneralShan Bible App
Text / Printed MatterBible: The Holy Bible in Shan Common Lan ...
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Tai Man, Shan in China

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