Bulang history in China dates back as early as AD 220. The majority live in Yunnan Province, China—especially in Menghai, Zhenkang, Shuangjiang, Lincang, Lancang and Mojiang counties. In China their villages are often located in extremely remote mountains, some three or four days' walk from the nearest road. Eastern Shan State in Myanmar is home to more Bulang people, especially in the Mong Yang area and near the city of Kengtung. Of the three countries inhabited by the Bulang, Thailand has the smallest number. Some work as gardeners in Bangkok. The Bulang in Thailand fled China in the 1960s because of persecution from the Communist authorities. About 200 families first moved into Myanmar, before entering Thailand in 1974.
The Bulang language is of great interest to scholars because of its uniqueness and variety. It is a part of the Mon-Khmer linguistic family, related to Wa and Palaung. Despite the relatively small population, the Bulang in China use two different alphabetic scripts: the Totham script is used in the Xishuangbanna Prefecture, while the Tolek script is used in Dehong Prefecture. Among the small number of Bulang in Thailand there is remarkable linguistic variety, with one report listing between six and ten dialects spoken in just one Bulang refugee village.
Like the peoples around them, the Bulangs in Myanmar are agricultural. They deal with the additional burden of dealing with an oppressive government.
For centuries the Bulang have been ardent followers of Theravada Buddhism. They were first converted by their Lu and Tai Mao neighbors. Today, temples and idols are scattered throughout their communities. Many Bulang men enter the Buddhist monkhood, which brings great honor to their families. Few Bulang have ever heard of Christ, and few care to seek for anything beyond what they already believe. They strive to observe the Buddhist tripitaka (three baskets) teaching: self-discipline, preaching and discussing doctrine. The Bulang believe that right thinking, sacrifices and self-denial will enable the soul to reach nirvana, a state of eternal bliss.'
Most Bulang also observe animistic rituals. Since the arrival of Buddhism, they have cloaked their spirit worship with a veneer of Buddhist teachings, but they still fear and appease many spirits. When a Bulang person dies, the family members of the deceased 'kill a chicken to call back the soul of the deceased, bath the body, dress it in new clothes and finally wrap it in white sheets. The [animistic] Bulang usually bury the dead in a wooden coffin on their village burial ground. The Buddhist Bulang, however, burn their deceased community members at the temple compound.
There are very few Bulang Christians today in Thailand, Myanmar and China. It will take a powerful work of the Holy Spirit to draw them into God’s family.
Pray for bold workers who are driven by the love of the Holy Spirit to go to them.
Pray for an unstoppable movement to Christ among them.
Pray for the authority of Christ to bind hindering spiritual forces to lead them from darkness to light.
Pray for signs and wonders to happen among them and for great breakthroughs with a rapid multiplication of disciples and house churches.
Scripture Prayers for the Bulang in Myanmar (Burma).
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|People Name General
|People Name in Country
|Bang; Blang; Braang; Brang; Col; Hkawa; Kala; Kawa; Khon Do; Khon Doi; Kkawa; Kontoi; K'wa; Plaang; Plang; Prong; Pula; Pulang; Saamtaav; Samtao; Samtuan; Sen Chun; Tai Loi; Wa
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|17 (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
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|Shan State: Mong Yang and Kengtung townships. Source: Ethnologue 2016
Primary Language: Blang
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