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Nasu, Wusa in China

Nasu, Wusa

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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
324,000 Nasu, Wumeng Ethnic Religions 30.00 % 24.14 % No No   

Nasu, Wusa in China

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The Wusa Nasu speak a different language from the several other Yi groups in southern China who use the autonym Nasu. The name Wusa is an ancient tribal name which formerly designated this people group.

The Wusa Nasu claim they are descended from their esteemed ancestor Dumu, "who had six sons after moving into the region of present-day Zhaotong. These six sons became separate tribes - one of the tribes being the Wusa. Among the other tribes were the Wumeng and Mangbu Nosu. These six tribes have developed quite separately in terms of language."

Most Wusa Nasu are herders of goats, sheep, cattle, and pigs. Since the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644) the Wusa Nasu have used Chinese names, although many still also have Wusa names which consist of two characters. Folk dancing is an important part of Wusa Nasu culture. They dance at weddings, festivals, and at family get-togethers. Children often wear hats decorated with pictures of the sun, moon, and stars.

The Wusa Nasu used to bury their dead but now they cremate them. The people worry that their relatives' souls will not reach their ancestors' homeland, so shamans are called on to perform rituals over the dead body. Shamans still operate in Weining County, but most of them are over 60 years old. Nature worship is embedded in Wusa Nasu customs. They particularly revere the sun and the moon. In totem worship they idolize woodcarvings of bamboo, cranes, tigers, and dragons.

More than one-quarter of Wusa Nasu are Christians today. Missionaries commenced work among them in the early 1900s. In 1907 the Wusa Nasu tried to murder Samuel Pollard because many of their AHmao tenants were being converted. The Wusa Nasu feared the missionaries were giving poison to the AHmao to put in their wells. By 1911 the work was advancing slowly. It was reported: "Some of them [Wusa Nasu] gather a little consolation from the coming of Christianity, and hope that it means an arrest of their decline." Large numbers of Wusa Nasu have followed Christ, including about half of the population in Weining County; in other areas they have firmly resisted the advance of Christianity.

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Global Prayer Digest: 2016-07-25
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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
Location in Country:Approximately 250,000 Wusa Nasu people live in seven counties of northwest Guizhou Province and in three counties of northeast Yunnan Province in southern China. The Wusa Nasu are the dominant Yi group in this region of China. The highest concentrations are found in Weining, Shuicheng, Hezhang, and Nayong counties of Guizhou; and in Xuanwei County of Yunnan where 58,000 reportedly live.
(Source: Operation China, 2000)
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People Name in Country: Nasu, Wusa
People Name General: Nasu, Wusa
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ROP3 Code: 114250
Joshua Project People ID: 18629
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 324,000
Population all Countries: 324,000
Least-Reached: No
Affinity Bloc: Tibetan-Himalayan Peoples
People Cluster: Tibeto-Burman, other
People Name General: Nasu, Wusa
Ethnic Code: MSY50i
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
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Primary Language: Nasu, Wumeng (324,000 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): ywu    Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages: 1
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Ethnic Religions
Major Religions:
Buddhism0.00 % 
Christianity30.00 %(Evangelical: 24.14 %)
Ethnic Religions63.00 % 
Hinduism0.00 % 
Islam0.00 % 
Non-Religious7.00 % 
Other / Small0.00 % 
Unknown0.00 % 
Christianity Segments:
Anglican0.00 %
Independent90.00 %
Protestant0.00 %
Orthodox0.00 %
Other Christian0.00 %
Roman Catholic10.00 %
(Evangelicals distributed across Christianity segments)
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Progress Scale[6]   Evangelicals have a significant presence.
Least-Reached: No
GSEC Status:Level 6   Greater than or equal to 10% Evangelical
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New Testament: None Reported
Complete Bible: None Reported
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