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Lalu, Xuzhang in China

Lalu, Xuzhang

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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
5,400 Lalo, Dongshanba Ethnic Religions 0.00 % 0.00 % No No   

Lalu, Xuzhang in China

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Although they have been officially placed under the Yi nationality in China, the Xuzhang Lalu are different from all other ethnic groups. They possess their own identity, language, and customs. A local government source, the Baoshan Xian Zhi, states, "There are numerous divisions of the Yi in Baoshan County; based on a combination of autonyms [self-names], languages, and distribution, there are five kinds all together." Three of the Yi groups in Baoshan, the book concludes, are legitimate, distinct people groups.

It seems likely that the Xuzhang Lalu were once part of the large and influential Laluo people of Menghua who dominated the region from at least the eighth century AD. For an unknown reason, perhaps as they searched for more arable land, the ancestors of the Xuzhang Lalu migrated westward from the main body of Laluo. After centuries of separation they developed their own language, customs, and identity, although their name is only slightly different from the Laluo today.

Every year during the sixth and seventh months of the lunar calendar, activities known as the Flower Street Festival are organized in some Lalu communities. "On these occasions, people from all over the district come to an open area on a mountain peak. ... The young boys and girls participate in singing and dancing. Should a boy wish to pursue a certain girl, he will throw a white handkerchief at her. If the girl is willing to take him as a boyfriend, she will indicate this by picking the handkerchief up."

When a Lalu man dies, his relatives hold a feast of mourning which they call za. "A pig or sheep is sacrificed in the doorway. ... The nearer kindred, on hearing of the death of a relative, take a fowl and strangle it. ... The mourner then proceeds to his house and sticks the fowl near the head of the corpse as an offering." This ritual represents the beliefs of the Xuzhang Lalu, which are a combination of spirit worship and ancestor worship.

Although Baoshan County contains a number of Lisu and Jingpo Christians, they have not been able to take the gospel to most Xuzhang Lalu because of communication barriers.

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Global Prayer Digest: 2017-07-28
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Country: China
Continent: Asia
Region: Asia, Northeast
Persecution Rank:23 (Only top 50 ranked, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
10/40 Window: Yes
Location in Country:The small Xuzhang Lalu group, who number 4,100 people, live in several villages within the Xuzhang Community in Wafang District of Baoshan County. Baoshan is located in the western part of Yunnan Province. The principal village of the Xuzhang Lalu is named Sikeshu.
(Source: Operation China, 2000)
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People Name in Country: Lalu, Xuzhang
People Name General: Lalu, Xuzhang
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ROP3 Code: 114152
Joshua Project People ID: 18535
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 5,400
Population all Countries: 5,400
Least-Reached: Yes
Affinity Bloc: Tibetan-Himalayan Peoples
People Cluster: Tibeto-Burman, other
People Name General: Lalu, Xuzhang
Ethnic Code: MSY50i
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Primary Language: Lalo, Dongshanba (5,400 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): yik    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 Religions97.00 % 
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 0   No evangelical Christians or churches. No access to major evangelical print, audio, visual, or human resources
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New Testament: None Reported
Complete Bible: None Reported
Ministry Resources [7]
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