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Han Chinese, Min Bei in China

Han Chinese, Min Bei

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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
2,997,000 Chinese, Min Bei Non-Religious 10.00 % 8.80 % No No   

Han Chinese, Min Bei in China

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The Min Bei, or Northern Min, are included as part of the Han Chinese nationality by the Chinese authorities.

The Jin Dynasty (AD 265-420): The Jin Dynasty was a period of conflict and disunity in China. The Western Jin capital of Luoyang fell to Xiongnu horsemen in AD 306. Xiongnu was a general name given to non-Chinese barbarians to the north and west - the forefathers of the present-day Turks and Mongols. This resulted in "150 years of bloodshed as competing non-Han tribes vied for absolute power." China was once again divided, and the tribes contained within its borders were at enmity.

The Han Chinese group expanded rapidly as it came into contact with other ethnic groups, conquered them culturally, and assimilated their populations into its own. One historian notes, "In 1500 BC there was no China, and there were no Chinese. The area that is now China was then inhabited by a great number of tribes with different cultures. Though the majority of them belonged to one or another branch of the Mongoloid race, other races were represented. There was no great man who created the first Chinese empire; it grew out of a long, slow process of assimilation and integration over centuries."

In ancient times the Chinese emperor offered annual sacrifices to Shang Di, the Heavenly Emperor. This has led some to believe the ancient Chinese worshiped the Creator God. The emperor recited: "Of old in the beginning, there was the great chaos, without form and dark. The five elements (planets) had not begun to evolve, nor the sun and moon to shine. In the midst thereof there existed neither form nor sound. You, O spiritual Sovereign, came forth in your presidency, and first did divide the grosser part from the purer. You made heaven; You made earth, You made man. All things with their reproducing power got their being."

When Marco Polo arrived in today's Fujian Province, he encountered many Christian communities along the coastal areas. The believers in Fuzhou asked Marco Polo's uncles for advice as to what they should do to gain freedom to worship. They told the Christians to contact the Nestorian Metropolitan in Beijing, "Explain to him your state, that he may come to know you and you may be able freely to keep your religion and rule." The New Testament was translated into the Min Bei language in 1934. The Jesus film is also available in Min Bei.

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Country: China
Continent: Asia
Region: Asia, Northeast
Persecution Rank:27 (Only top 50 ranked, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
10/40 Window: Yes
Total Provinces on file:2
Location in Country:A 1987 study listed a population of 2,191,000 Min Bei speakers in China. Other publications have listed a much higher figure of 10.29 million Min Bei, but this figure includes the Min Dong group who have been profiled separately. The Min Bei live in eight cities and counties in the northwestern part of Fujian Province.
(Source: Operation China, 2000)
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People Name in Country: Han Chinese, Min Bei
People Name General: Han Chinese, Min Bei
Alternate People Names:
HainaneseHan Chinese
KwangsiMin Pei
Northern MinPeranakan
Straits ChineseTotok
ROP3 Code: 102138
Joshua Project People ID: 11343
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 2,997,000
Population all Countries: 3,503,000
Least-Reached: No
Affinity Bloc: East Asian Peoples
People Cluster: Chinese
People Name General: Han Chinese, Min Bei
Ethnic Code: MSY42a
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
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Primary Language: Chinese, Min Bei (2,997,000 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): mnp    Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages: 1
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Non-Religious
Major Religions:
Buddhism30.00 % 
Christianity10.00 %(Evangelical: 8.80 %)
Ethnic Religions20.00 % 
Hinduism0.00 % 
Islam0.00 % 
Non-Religious40.00 % 
Other / Small0.00 % 
Unknown0.00 % 
Christianity Segments:
Anglican0.00 %
Independent89.00 %
Protestant0.00 %
Orthodox0.00 %
Other Christian2.00 %
Roman Catholic9.00 %
(Evangelicals distributed across Christianity segments)
Progress Indicators [5]
Progress Scale[6]   Evangelicals have a modest presence.
Least-Reached: No
GSEC Status:Level 5   Greater than or equal to 5% Evangelical
Bible Translation Status
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Bible Portions: 1934
New Testament:
Complete Bible: None Reported
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)
Text / Printed MatterBible: Chinese Union Version, Shangti Ed ...
Text / Printed MatterBible: Chinese Union Version, Shen Editi ...
Text / Printed MatterBible: Revised Chinese Union Version, Tr ...
Text / Printed MatterBible: 新譯本(繁體字版)
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