Shwe De'ang in China


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Introduction / History

The De'ang believe they were once brothers with the Karen of Myanmar. The two tribes went out hunting with the intent of sharing their food with each other. The Karen caught an elephant, and the held a huge feast for all to enjoy as much meat as they could eat. The De'ang, however, could only manage to catch a porcupine. They skinned it and cooked the small amount of meat for the Karen to eat. The Karen did not mind, as they thought the De'ang had only been able to catch a small animal. But when they finished their meal, they saw the large pile of needles and claimed the De'ang had only given them a small portion of their meat. The two groups have been separated ever since that time, but even today the De'ang long to be reconciled with their Karen brothers. Some De'ang homes in Myanmar have an opening on one side, signifying that the Karen are welcome to return to live with them.

The Shwe De'ang language is officially labeled the Liang dialect of De'ang in China. The Chinese do not use the same terms as linguists but refer to the different groups of De'ang as the Red, Black, White, and Flowery De'ang. It is uncertain how these names match the four De'ang languages. In Myanmar, they are known as the Shwe Palaung. Their self-name is De'ang, which means "rock."


What Are Their Lives Like?

In the past the De'ang were great hunters, but today most earn their living by growing tea or bamboo.


What Are Their Beliefs?

Among the De'ang, "two schools of Theravada Buddhism are followed, the Burmese and the Yuan or Shan forms. Daily life is thought to be face to face with the actions of spirits. Ordinary people make a variety of offerings to placate them. Illness is attributed to the actions of evil spirits and the services of a diviner/medical practitioner serves to identify and counteract the proper spirit."

There are no known Christians among the Shwe De'ang in China. A tiny percentage of the more than 150,000 in Myanmar have accepted Christ, but they live scattered across a wide area. On the rare occasion of a Shwe De'ang's becoming a Christian, the new believer is usually persecuted and driven from the village.


What Are Their Needs?

Without the guidance of Christ, these people will be lost in this life and the life to come. They need someone to go to them as Christ-bearers.


Prayer Points

* Pray for the Lord to intervene in their families, calling people to his side.
* Pray for loving workers.
* Pray for their hearts to be drawn to the Lord of lords.
* Pray for a church planting movement to thrive in their communities.


Scripture Prayers for the De'ang, Shwe in China.


References

Operation China, Asia Harvest, Copyrighted © Used with permission


Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

Shan State
Source:  Asia Harvest      Download

People Name General Palaung, Shwe
People Name in Country De'ang, Shwe
Natural Name Shwe De'ang
Population this Country 7,900
Population all Countries 240,000
Total Countries 2
Indigenous No
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
GSEC 1  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
Alternate Names Bulai; De'ang Shwe; Dlang; Golden Palaung; Palay; Palong; Pulei; Reang; Samlon Ta-ang; Shwe
People ID 11921
ROP3 Code 103423
Country China
Region Asia, Northeast
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 17  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Location in Country Yunnan province: Baoshan prefecture, Longyang county; Lincang prefecture, Zhenkang county.   Source:  Ethnologue 2016
Country China
Region Asia, Northeast
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 17  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Location in Country Yunnan province: Baoshan prefecture, Longyang county; Lincang prefecture, Zhenkang county..   Source:  Ethnologue 2016
Primary Language Palaung, Shwe (7,900 speakers)
Language Code pll   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 1
Primary Language Palaung, Shwe (7,900 speakers)
Language Code pll   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Palaung, Shwe

Primary Language:  Palaung, Shwe

Bible Translation Status:  Unspecified

Resource Type Resource Name Source
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching Global Recordings Network
Text / Printed Matter The Ancient Path Live Global
Primary Religion: Buddhism
Religion Subdivision: Theravada
Major Religion Percent
Buddhism
96.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.00 %
Ethnic Religions
2.00 %
Hinduism
0.00 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
2.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
Christian Segments Percent
Anglican
Unknown
Independent
Unknown
Orthodox
Unknown
Other Christian
Unknown
Protestant
Unknown
Roman Catholic
Unknown
Photo Source Jialiang Gao - Wikimedia  Creative Commons 
Map Source Joshua Project / Global Mapping International  
Video Source Asia Harvest
Profile Source Joshua Project  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more