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Luoluopo, Southeastern in China

Luoluopo, Southeastern

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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
47,000 Nisi Ethnic Religions 0.00 % 0.00 % No No   

Luoluopo, Southeastern in China

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Although they have received status as a separate ethnic group in Vietnam, the Southeastern Luoluopo have not been so fortunate in China where they are considered to be just one subgroup of the massive Yi nationality. The self-name of this group is Luoluopo. Southeastern has been added to distinguish this group from the other Luoluopo groups in China who speak completely different languages, even though they share the same autonym.

According to Vietnamese sources, the Luoluopo migrated to Vietnam in two different waves: one in the fifteenth century and the other in the eighteenth century. This suggests that the Luoluopo have been living in southern China for more than 500 years. In recent years, many of the Southeastern Luoluopo in China who live near the townships or in the valleys have started mixed communities with the Han Chinese and are rapidly losing their language and culture.

When a Luoluopo dies, his or her relatives organize a "dance of the spirits." They believe this dance will help the soul find its way back to the resting place of its ancestors. At the dance the son-in-law of the deceased carries a bag on his shoulder. Inside the bag is a cloth ball which represents the head of the deceased person.

The Luoluopo are a very superstitious people. Even their homes are arranged to reflect this. The altar to the "spirit of the house"stands against the back wall. A room on the right side contains a bedroom with a fireplace and the room on the left side contains the kitchen and the ancestral altar. The oldest surviving member of each family is expected to maintain the altar and to faithfully execute all the ancestral ceremonies and rituals. In addition to their intricate system of ancestor worship, the Lolo believe in two gods who created the world, Mit Do and Ket Do. Ket Do created the entire universe and mankind, while Mit Do governs the earth and watches over the Luoluopo.

The Southeastern Luoluopo are one of the most neglected and gospel-starved peoples in the region.

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Global Prayer Digest: 2016-07-15
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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:A total of more than 35,000 Southeastern Luoluopo live in southern Yunnan Province of China. The majority, more than 20,000, live in Maguan County. Some live in Funing and Xichou counties (5,000 each). An additional 4,000 live in Malipo County and 1,600 in Honghe County. The Southeastern Luoluopo also spill across the border into northern Vietnam where approximately 3,200 are recognized as the official Lolo minority group.
(Source: Operation China, 2000)
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People Name in Country: Luoluopo, Southeastern
People Name General: Luoluopo, Southeastern
Alternate People Names:
LoloLolo, Southeastern
ROP3 Code: 114185
Joshua Project People ID: 18568
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 47,000
Population all Countries: 47,000
Least-Reached: Yes
Affinity Bloc: Tibetan-Himalayan Peoples
People Cluster: Tibeto-Burman, other
People Name General: Luoluopo, Southeastern
Ethnic Code: MSY50z
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
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Primary Language: Nisi (47,000 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): yso    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 Religions92.00 % 
Hinduism0.00 % 
Islam0.00 % 
Non-Religious8.00 % 
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
Bible Translation Status
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Bible Portions: Yes
New Testament:
Complete Bible: None Reported
Possible Bible Sources: Forum of Bible Agencies
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None Reported
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Luoluopo, Southeastern in China

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