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Budo in China


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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
14,000 Biyo Ethnic Religions 19.00 % 18.90 % No No   

Budo in China

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The Budo are one of 18 distinct subgroups of the Hani nationality profiled in this book. Although there is some measure of linguistic intelligibility between the different Hani groups in the region, each tribe maintains its own ethnicity. Most of the inhabitants of the Honghe-Yuxi area can readily reel off the list of Hani subgroups who live there. Although they acknowledge cultural differences and peculiarities, the Budo are not upset at their inclusion as part of the Hani nationality. They do acknowledge historical kinship with the other groups included in the artificially constructed official classification.

Budo youth find the Han Chinese culture attractive, and few of their customs are being retained. One custom that has survived is the Budo's way of settling an engagement. "The parents of both the girl and boy ... walk some distance together, and so long as they meet no animals the engagement can go ahead."

Most Budo live in simple houses made of plaster or baked mud. Their small, crowded villages usually consist of between 30 and 60 households. Most Budo men are rice farmers who have skillfully built their terraces on mountain and hill slopes on the Ailao Range.

The majority of Budo today are animists, although there are also a significant number of Christians among them. Many Budo were converted to Christianity by missionaries in the 1930s. H. A. Baker, a Pentecostal missionary who worked in the area in the 1930s and 1940s, wrote, "In another Budo settlement there are a hundred or more real Christians who have long been faithful after several years of severe siftings and persecution. This congregation is made up mostly of young men and women who by their spiritually healthy and live, wide-awake testimony have impressed the Chinese living in surrounding sections. Now former persecution has turned into considerable admiration."

Danish Assemblies of God missionaries Axel and Christine Jensen were married in Yunnan in 1928. Jensen - also known as Yan Chung Ren - started work near Mojiang among a host of different tribes including the Nisu, Kado, Biyo, and Budo. The work gained many converts during the 1930s and 1940s. Today there are at least 2,000 believers among the Budo, and all but the most geographically remote have been evangelized and are aware of the gospel. Most Budo Christians today meet in Chinese-language congregations.

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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:1
Location in Country:More than 10,000 Budo tribesmen live in the Ailao Mountains, in the Honghe and Yuxi prefectures of southern Yunnan Province. Another source states that the Budo live near the Biyo and Kado people groups. The main areas for the Budo are Mojiang and Yuanjiang counties, while another source also places them in Xinping County farther to the north.
(Source: Operation China, 2000)
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People Name in Country: Budo
People Name General: Budo
Alternate People Names:
Bu DouBudu
ROP3 Code: 114017
Joshua Project People ID: 18422
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 14,000
Population all Countries: 14,000
Least-Reached: No
Affinity Bloc: Tibetan-Himalayan Peoples
People Cluster: Hani
People Name General: Budo
Ethnic Code: MSY50i
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
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Primary Language: Biyo (14,000 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): byo    Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages: 1
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Ethnic Religions
Major Religions:
Buddhism0.00 % 
Christianity19.00 %(Evangelical: 18.90 %)
Ethnic Religions78.00 % 
Hinduism0.00 % 
Islam0.00 % 
Non-Religious3.00 % 
Other / Small0.00 % 
Unknown0.00 % 
Christianity Segments:
Anglican0.00 %
Independent100.00 %
Protestant0.00 %
Orthodox0.00 %
Other Christian0.00 %
Roman Catholic0.00 %
(Evangelicals distributed across Christianity segments)
Progress Indicators [5]
Progress Scale[6]   Evangelicals have a significant presence.
Least-Reached: No
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New Testament: None Reported
Complete Bible: None Reported
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Budo in China

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    Hani     Asia, Northeast    
      Budo China    
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      Ethnic Religions     Biyo  
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