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Geman Deng, Miju Mishmi in China

Geman Deng, Miju Mishmi

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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
14,000 Miju-Mishmi Ethnic Religions 0.01 % 0.00 % No   

Geman Deng, Miju Mishmi in China

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The Geman Deng have not been included as part of any nationality by the Chinese authorities. Instead, they were included in a list of Undetermined Minorities which contained 881,838 people at the time of the 1990 census. Neighboring groups may call the Geman Deng Ahman.

Chinese state television has produced a documentary on the Deng, who claim to have lived in their corner of Tibet since the beginning of time. The Deng's recent history has been one of oppression by the Tibetans. Formerly, the Deng were not even allowed to leave their area without permission from the Tibetan lamas.

Deng people with the same name or blood ties live and work together in their villages. Most of the work is done by the Deng women. The women have a striking appearance, including a "silver hair band with engraved flowers over thick hair worn loosely on front of the top of their head. They are fond of big cylindershaped earrings with whorl patterns. Their clothes are richly decorated with agate, coral and jade ornaments as well as elaborate boxes of silver or gold in which they keep a copy of the Buddhist scripture. If a woman wears long strips of silver coins on the front of her blouse, she is from a wealthy family and has higher status than other women in the family."

The Deng fear a variety of ghosts and demons. They believe they are able to temporarily calm the anger of these spirits and so, at appointed times, offer sacrifices of chickens and animals. This killing of valuable livestock has resulted in the Deng being trapped in dire poverty. Deng families often go into heavy debt to pay for the services of a shaman.

This group is one of the most difficult peoples in all of China to reach with the gospel. Their communities are only accessible by boat or on foot. A handful of Geman Deng in Myanmar have been evangelized by the strong Rawang church, but so far there are very few or no among them. Most Geman Deng in Tibet are without a witness. There are reports a few Gemang Deng in China have become followers of Jesus Christ.

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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:Approximately 11,000 speakers of Geman Deng live on the tablelands on both sides of the lower reaches of the Zayu River within Zayu County, in southeastern Tibet. Plenty of rainfall and natural resources provide ideal conditions for their communities. The beautiful Zayu Valley, south of Mount Demula on the Hengduan Range, lies a mere 800 to 1,000 meters (2,600-3,280 ft.) above sea level. "There are vast expanses of woods on the slopes and in the valley itself bananas, water melons and apples grow in profusion together with rice."
(Source: Operation China, 2000)
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People Name in Country: Geman Deng, Miju Mishmi
People Name General: Miju Mishmi
Alternate People Names:
Kuman Dengमिजू मिश्मी
ROP3 Code: 114036
Joshua Project People ID: 18437
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 14,000
Population all Countries: 24,000
Least-Reached: Yes
Affinity Bloc: South Asian Peoples
People Cluster: South Asia Tribal - Other
People Name General: Miju Mishmi
Ethnic Code: MSY50f
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
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Primary Language: Miju-Mishmi (14,000 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): mxj    Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages: 1
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Ethnic Religions
Major Religions:
Buddhism15.00 % 
Christianity0.01 %(Evangelical: 0.00 %)
Ethnic Religions82.00 % 
Hinduism0.00 % 
Islam0.00 % 
Non-Religious3.00 % 
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: Yes
New Testament: None Reported
Complete Bible: None Reported
Possible Bible Sources: Forum of Bible Agencies
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Ministry Resources [7]
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Audio RecordingsAudio Bible teaching (GRN)
Film / VideoJesus Film: view in Miju-Mishmi
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