Chrame of China
People Name: Chrame
Country: China
Language: Pumi, Northern
Population: 50,000
Unreached: Yes
People Cluster: Tibetan
Primary Religion: Buddhism
% Adherents: 0.00 %
% Evangelical: 0.00 %
Progress Status: 1.0
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Joshua Project
PO Box 62614
Colorado Springs, CO 80962
United States


Introduction / History
The Prinmi people live scattered over an area reaching from Southern Sichuan Province to Northern Yunnan Province. In Sichuan, they are classified as Tibetan; in Yunnan, they are classified as Prinmi. The area ranges in altitude between 1800 to 4500 meters above sea level. Many villages in the southwest of Sichuan are still remote and inaccessible by vehicle. The Prinmi are mainly agriculturalists who grow a variety of crops (maize, potatoes, wheat, (highland) rice, barley, oats, beans, squash and turnips) and practice animal husbandry. Animals include pigs, chickens, cattle, horses, mules and to a lesser extent goats and sheep. In some of the higher pastoral areas, Prinmi make a living as yak herders. The yaks are raised for their milk which is turned into yak butter, a basic ingredient in yak butter tea.

In recent years, many young people have gone all over China in search of unskilled labor jobs and a large percentage of the children have left the village to go to school. Thus, in some villages those segments of the population are not present for most of the year. The further north one travels, the stronger the Tibetan Buddhist influence gets. People are in fear of ghosts which can inflict sickness, and worship mountain deities which in turn extend protection. Families normally have a household shrine on the side of the mountain where offerings and prayers for protection are made. In some areas households have a special room upstairs dedicated to the Buddha. Religious specialists include Buddhist monks (lamas), reincarnations of the Buddha (living Buddha 's), shamans who interact with the more animist layer of the culture, and spirit mediums. The majority of Prinmi practice cremation and souls are said to return to the land of the ancestors.

Chrame of China