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Zhuang, Yongnan in Vietnam

Zhuang, Yongnan

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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
13,000 Zhuang, Yongnan Ethnic Religions 0.20 % 0.16 % No No   

Zhuang, Yongnan in Vietnam

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Introduction / History
During China's Qin Dynasty (221-207 BC), half a million Han convicts were exiled by Emperor Qin Shihuang to the Lingnan Region in southern China (now Guangxi and Guangdong provinces). There they intermingled with the various branches of the Bai Yue nationality. The Zhuang today are thought to be the descendants of the Bai Yue.

The Zhuang (Yongnan, Dai, Nong, Yang, Zuojiang) are a collection of related Central Tai language groups which have been combined with the Northern Zhuang—a collection of Northern Tai language groups—to form China's official Zhuang nationality. There are many tribes, clans, and self-designations among the Zhuang.

Where are they located?
Though most live in China, some live in neighboring Vietnam.

What are their lives like?
The Yongnan Zhuang people enjoy many salty and sour dishes which include pickled cabbage and pork. They drink "oil tea," where the tea leaves are fried with rice grains and drunk with peanuts or rice cakes.

Zhuang peoples have a rich tradition of written and unwritten stories and legends, some of which date back 1,000 years. Many of their folk tales and poems are in the form of song. Someone with the right skills could use their melodies to teach about the ways of Jesus.

What are their beliefs?
Their religion is a blend of animism, which they call Shigongism or Moism, and ancestor worship. The Youngnan Zhuang people fear evil spirits, and appeasing them dominates much of their daily existence.

What are their needs?
The hope for these people lies in their exposure to the gospel and the power of the Holy Spirit to convict hearts.

Prayer Points
Pray for a great outpouring of the Holy Spirit on the Yongnan Zhuang people.
Pray for boldness for those who share Christ with them and for the power of the gospel to convince them of the truth and reality of Christ's sacrifice for them.
Pray for a disciple making movement to transform Yongnan Zhuang communities.
* Pray for translation of the Bible to begin in this people group's primary language.
* Pray for the availability of the Jesus Film in the primary language of this people.


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Country: Vietnam
Continent: Asia
Region: Asia, Southeast
Persecution Rank:25 (Only top 50 ranked, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
10/40 Window: Yes
Location in Country:Cao Bang province: Quang Ha district, Phuc Sen village; Doan Khon, Quoc Phong, Quoc Dan, Chi Thao, and Tu Do communes 37 km from Cao Bang city; Ha Quang district, Noi Thon commune; Ba Be district, Cao Che commune.
(Source: Ethnologue 2016)
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Linguistic Map:Ethnologue language map
  Peoples [3]
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People Name in Country: Zhuang, Yongnan
People Name General: Zhuang, Yongnan
Alternate People Names:
ChwangKun To
LongmingPu Nong
Pu ToSouthern Zhuang
Tai ChuangWuming
ROP3 Code: 115006
Joshua Project People ID: 18740
Indigenous: No
Population in Country: 13,000
Population all Countries: 2,063,000
Least-Reached: Yes
Affinity Bloc: Southeast Asian Peoples
People Cluster: Zhuang
People Name General: Zhuang, Yongnan
Ethnic Code: MSY49a
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
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Primary Language: Zhuang, Yongnan (13,000 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): zyn    Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages: 1
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Ethnic Religions
Major Religions:
Buddhism0.00 % 
Christianity0.20 %(Evangelical: 0.16 %)
Ethnic Religions89.80 % 
Hinduism0.00 % 
Islam0.00 % 
Non-Religious10.00 % 
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: Help start a Bible Translation
New Testament: None Reported
Complete Bible: None Reported
Ministry Resources [7]
Audio RecordingsMegaVoice Audio Bible and Stories
Audio RecordingsAudio Bible teaching
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Zhuang, Yongnan in Vietnam

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      Zhuang, Yongnan Vietnam    
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