Monba, Medog of China
 
People Name: Monba, Medog
Country: China
Language: Monpa, Tawang
Population: 8,300
Unreached: Yes
People Cluster: Tibetan
Primary Religion: Buddhism
% Adherents: 0.00 %
% Evangelical: 0.00 %
Progress Status: 1.0
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Identity
Unlike some of the Cona Monba, who were counted in the Tibetan nationality, it appears that all of the Medog Monba have been counted as part of the Monba nationality.

History
The Medog Monba became poverty stricken following the implementation of a feudal system imposed on them by the Zhuba Geju faction in the fourteenth century. For centuries they were effectively slaves of the Tibetans.

Customs
The Monba are known for their hospitality. They have a great love for music, singing, and dancing. "Most of them are able to play the traditional bamboo flute, a short thick instrument with four finger holes. ... Their silversmiths are skillful in designing bracelets, earrings, necklaces, and other ornaments." At Monba weddings, the bride's uncle is the most honored guest. According to tradition, he "finds fault in everything, complaining the meat slices are too thick and the drinks too cheap. He bangs on the table with his fists, glowering angrily at everyone who passes. He behaves in this way to test the groom's family and observe their reactions."

Religion
The majority of Monba follow Tibetan Buddhism. Some, however, still maintain their traditional belief in unseen gods, demons, and ancestral spirits. Shamans and some Buddhist monks frequently use magic to cure the sick.

Christianity
The Medog Monba are completely unaware that Christ came two millennia ago and died for their sin. No missionaries were allowed to work in this area of Tibet in the past. There are no churches near Medog for more than a hundred miles in any direction. The Medog Monba have existed for generations without any flicker of spiritual light to brighten their lives. Few have ever interceded on their behalf for Christian workers to reach these lonely communities with the good news.

 
Monba, Medog of China