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Saaroa in Taiwan


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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
300 Bunun Other / Small 0.00 % 0.00 % No No   

Saaroa in Taiwan

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Introduction / History
The Saaroa reside in the west central mountains, south and southeast of Minchuan, along the Laonung River. The Saaroa language was on the verge of extinction in 1990. There are currently just 5 to 6 speakers in an ethnic population of a few hundred. The Saaroa are sinicized. Speakers have shifted to Taiwanese, Mandarin, and Bunun. No children speak Saaroa. Older people speak Taiwanese. There was a major shift to Bunun when Bunun speakers migrated into the area. There has been a subsequent shift to Mandarin.

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Country: Taiwan
Continent: Asia
Region: Asia, Northeast
10/40 Window: Yes
Location in Country:Kaohsiung county: enclave south and southeast of Minchuan, along Laonung river in west central mountains.
(Source: Ethnologue 2016)
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Linguistic Map:Ethnologue language map
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People Name in Country: Saaroa
People Name General: Saaroa
ROP3 Code: 108479
Joshua Project People ID: 14617
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 300
Population all Countries: 300
Least-Reached: Yes
Affinity Bloc: East Asian Peoples
People Cluster: Taiwan Indigenous
People Name General: Saaroa
Ethnic Code: AUG01a
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Primary Language: Bunun
Language Code (ISO): bnn    Ethnologue Listing
Secondary Languages:
Saaroa (Unknown)
Total Languages: 2
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Other / Small
Major Religions:
Buddhism0.00 % 
Christianity0.00 %(Evangelical: 0.00 %)
Ethnic Religions0.00 % 
Hinduism0.00 % 
Islam0.00 % 
Non-Religious0.00 % 
Other / Small100.00 % 
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: 1952-1990
New Testament:
Complete Bible: None Reported
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Saaroa in Taiwan

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People Cluster
    Taiwan Indigenous     Asia, Northeast    
      Saaroa Taiwan    
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            Saaroa in Taiwan          
      Religion Language  
      Other / Small     Bunun  
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