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Nu in China


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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
13,000 Nusu Ethnic Religions 17.00 % 11.00 % No No   

Nu in China

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Those Nu living in the upper reaches of the Nujiang River call themselves either Nu or Anu. Those living in the lower reaches call themselves Nusu. Together, they have been combined with several smaller tribes to form the official Nu nationality.

Before their conversion to Christianity, the Lisu often bullied the Nu in the Salween Valley. The Lisu would frequently place a corpse on Nu land and claim the Nu had committed murder. "The demand for compensation, called oupuguya ('the ransom for a corpse') was imposed. This tyrannous annual exaction would be paid continuously for several generations. Each Nu village usually would have to pay six to eight such iniquitous taxes each year."

Nu men are dangerous in the use of the crossbow and are skillful hunters. "Every little boy carries his bow and arrow and every living creature, from the smallest bird to the bear or traveler, serves as target. Their arrows are very strong and the points are poisoned with the root of aconite." In the past the Nu made all their clothing from hemp; Nu in more remote areas continue this practice. "Almost all women adorn themselves with strings of coral, agate, shells, glass beads, and silver coins on their heads and chests. ... In some areas, women adorn themselves in a unique way by winding a type of local vine around their heads, waists and ankles."

Most Nu are polytheists. There are also significant numbers of Christians among the Nu, although they have never embraced the gospel en masse as the neighboring Derung and Lisu minorities have. A small number of Nu, mostly those living in mixed marriages with Tibetans, follow Tibetan Buddhism.

Estimates of the current number of Nu believers range from 1,000 to 4,000. J. Russell Morse and his family worked in the Upper Salween area for 25 years prior to 1949. Their mission base was described as "one of the most isolated stations in the world." The family's zealous evangelism converted 6,900 Lisu and Nu and established 74 churches. Today the Morse family continues to reach out from their base in Thailand. Father André escaped the 1905 massacre of French Catholic missionaries in Deqen to work single-handedly among the Nu for many years.

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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 majority of the 26,000 Nu live primarily in Gongshan, Fugong, and Lushui counties in northwest Yunnan. Small numbers are also found in Weixi and Lanping counties. The Nu live high in mountainous jungle-like areas. In addition, Nu communities are also found in the southeastern corner of Tibet, although the Nu people there speak only Derung, and many are an ethnic mixture of Nu and Tibetan. Nu speakers are also located in northern Myanmar where they are called Kwinpang.
(Source: Operation China, 2000)
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People Name in Country: Nu
People Name General: Nu
Alternate People Names:
ROP3 Code: 114267
Joshua Project People ID: 18646
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 13,000
Population all Countries: 15,000
Least-Reached: No
Affinity Bloc: Tibetan-Himalayan Peoples
People Cluster: Hani
People Name General: Nu
Ethnic Code: MSY50i
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Primary Language: Nusu
Language Code (ISO): nuf    Ethnologue Listing
Secondary Languages:
Anong (Unknown)
Total Languages: 2
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Ethnic Religions
Major Religions:
Buddhism0.00 % 
Christianity17.00 %(Evangelical: 11.00 %)
Ethnic Religions82.00 % 
Hinduism0.00 % 
Islam0.00 % 
Non-Religious1.00 % 
Other / Small0.00 % 
Unknown0.00 % 
Christianity Segments:
Anglican0.00 %
Independent65.00 %
Protestant0.00 %
Orthodox0.00 %
Other Christian0.00 %
Roman Catholic35.00 %
(Evangelicals distributed across Christianity segments)
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Least-Reached: No
GSEC Status:Level 6   Greater than or equal to 10% Evangelical
Bible Translation Status
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Bible Portions: 2010
New Testament: None Reported
Complete Bible: None Reported
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Nu in China

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      Nu China    
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