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Chin, Zo in Myanmar (Burma)

Chin, Zo

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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
53,000 Chin, Zotung Christianity 75.00 % 42.00 % No   

Chin, Zo in Myanmar (Burma)

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Introduction / History
Zo Mingphuin is a very distinct ethnic people in Burma. It is very difficult to get historical records of this ethnic people as they didn't have a written languages many years ago. But it still can be traced back as far to the year 1300 AD as there are the names of the places and traditional songs which can reveal the times being composed and the stories of ancient people. These people are from a Tibeto-Burman group and are familiar with all other Chin groups even though they have their own written language which is unintelligible to others. These people called themselves "Zo Mingphuin" from the early times while others called them "Zotung" from during and after British rule. From 1931, their language was recorded using the Roman alphabet. It was called "Zo Ccaaw" (Zo Literature). Many gospel songs were translated from Lai Holh to their language and published with the name "Zo Hlaw Cca-uk". And another national organization also was established during that period named "ZSBB" (Zo Sia-imua Bawmku Bu, or "Zo Students Coorperation Organization"). But unfortunately, because of the influence of other races, some people use "Zotung" as their ethnic name without studying their history.

Where are they located?
This ethnic group is located in the center or heartland of todays' Chin State bordering with Burma in the east, Sethang from the north, Lautu and Mara from the west and Matu and Mindat from the south.

What are their lives like?
Most of these people are farmers and prefer hunting animals for their meals like other Chin groups.

What are their beliefs?
In early history, the Zo Mingphuin believed in Khozi as god and they used to pray to Khozi for their health, wealth and sins through Khuarum services. But when the western missionaries entered Chinland, the Zo people converted to Christianity between the 1930s and the present.

What are their needs?
Education, health, communication and easy transportation are much needed.

Prayer Points
* Pray for increased education opportunities.
* Pray for adequate health services.
* Pray for an interest in and respect for their own history
* Pray for the availability of the Jesus Film in the primary language of this people.

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Country: Myanmar (Burma)
Continent: Asia
Region: Asia, Southeast
Persecution Rank:19 (Only top 50 ranked, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
10/40 Window: Yes
Location in Country:Chin State, Reizwa subtownship.
(Source: Ethnologue 2016)
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People Name in Country: Chin, Zo
People Name General: Chin, Zo
Alternate People Names:
Chin, ZotungZobya
ROP3 Code: 111188
Joshua Project People ID: 16110
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 53,000
Population all Countries: 53,000
Least-Reached: No
Affinity Bloc: Tibetan-Himalayan Peoples
People Cluster: Kuki-Chin-Lushai
People Name General: Chin, Zo
Ethnic Code: MSY50c
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Primary Language: Chin, Zotung (53,000 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): czt    Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages: 1
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Christianity
Religion Sub-division:Protestant
Major Religions:
Buddhism0.00 % 
Christianity75.00 %(Evangelical: 42.00 %)
Ethnic Religions25.00 % 
Hinduism0.00 % 
Islam0.00 % 
Non-Religious0.00 % 
Other / Small0.00 % 
Unknown0.00 % 
Christianity Segments:
Anglican0.00 %
Independent10.00 %
Protestant80.00 %
Orthodox0.00 %
Other Christian0.00 %
Roman Catholic10.00 %
(Evangelicals distributed across Christianity segments)
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Progress Scale[6]   Evangelicals have a significant presence.
Least-Reached: No
GSEC Status:Level 6   Greater than or equal to 10% Evangelical
Bible Translation Status
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Bible Portions: 1951
New Testament:
Complete Bible: 2016-2017
Possible Bible Sources: Forum of Bible Agencies
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Audio RecordingsMegaVoice Audio Bible and Stories
Audio RecordingsAudio Bible teaching (GRN)
Audio RecordingsOnline New Testament (FCBH)
Text / Printed MatterBible: Chin, Zotung
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Chin, Zo in Myanmar (Burma)

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      Chin, Zo Myanmar (Burma)    
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