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Baheng, Lipeng in China

Baheng, Lipeng

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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
6,700 Pa-Hng Ethnic Religions 0.00 % 0.00 % No No   

Baheng, Lipeng in China

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Introduction / History
The Liping Baheng have been counted by the Chinese authorities as one of more than ten Bunu groups. Bunu is a generic term, simply meaning "us people." The various groups of Bunu do not consider themselves related to each other and are dispersed over a vast geographical area. The Bunu were not granted status as its own minzu (nationality) in China but were included as part of the Yao nationality.

The Baheng consider themselves descended from eight ancient clans. Their name in Chinese, Ba Xing (Eight Clans), reflects this.

What are their lives like?
The women like to wear much jewelry, including large earrings and necklaces. In the past, a new husband was required to live in his in-law's house for 12 years. After six years, however, he was able to take his wife and build his own home if her family gave their consent. This custom has not been strictly observed in recent years, although most men still move to their wife's village after the wedding.

What are their beliefs?
Ancestor worship is the primary religion among the Baheng and is the driving force behind many customs and prohibitions in their society. The Baheng believe that only sons can conduct ancestral rites. Boys are therefore highly sought after, especially since the implementation of China's strict family planning laws. In recent years, a growing number of Baheng women have aborted baby girls, since not having a son means that the souls of the parents may be lost in hell forever. The Baheng also observe many ancient animistic rituals relating to their practice of agriculture. They pray for the soul of the rice after planting, to ensure a successful crop. They have also been known to place drawings of corn, rice, or vegetables next to an altar in a bid to seek the blessings of the spirits.

The Liping Baheng are a colorful, friendly people, but few have ever had the opportunity to hear that Christ died for them. They remain a completely unreached people group without a single known Christian in their midst.

What are their needs?
The Lipeng Baheng people need to submit to Jesus Christ so they can experience the abundant life he offers in John 10:10.

Prayer Points
Pray for the spiritual blindness and bondage to the evil one to be removed so they can understand and respond to Christ.

Pray for the Lord to provide for their physical and spiritual needs as a testimony of his power and love.

Pray that the Lipeng Baheng people will have a spiritual hunger that will open their hearts to the King of kings.

Pray for an unstoppable movement to Christ among them.
* 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: China
Continent: Asia
Region: Asia, Northeast
Persecution Rank:16 (Only top 50 ranked, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
10/40 Window: Yes
Location in Country:Chinese scholars in the 1990s discovered that Baheng speakers in southern Guizhou and northern Guangxi divided into two distinct language groups. The larger group was labeled Baheng, Sanjiang, while this smaller group (4,000 people) was named Baheng, Liping after the county which they primarily inhabit in Guizhou Province. Liping is home to several minorities, including the Mjuniang and the Dong.
(Source: Operation China, 2000)
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People Name in Country: Baheng, Lipeng
People Name General: Baheng, Liping
Alternate People Names:
Baxing YaoEight-Clan Yao
Pa Hng
ROP3 Code: 100766
Joshua Project People ID: 10568
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 6,700
Population all Countries: 6,700
Least-Reached: Yes
Affinity Bloc: Southeast Asian Peoples
People Cluster: Yao-Mien
People Name General: Baheng, Liping
Ethnic Code: MSY47b
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
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Primary Language: Pa-Hng (6,700 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): pha    Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages: 1
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Ethnic Religions
Major Religions:
Buddhism0.00 % 
Christianity0.00 %(Evangelical: 0.00 %)
Ethnic Religions95.00 % 
Hinduism0.00 % 
Islam0.00 % 
Non-Religious5.00 % 
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
GSEC Status:Level 1   Less than 2% Evangelical. Some evangelical resources available, but no active church planting within past 2 years
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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