Kyerung in China


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Introduction / History

The seventh and eighth centuries saw a rapid increase in the Tibetan empire. Tibet's rule extended into Kashmir, China, Turkestan, Sikkim, Bhutan, Nepal, and northern Burma. In 1788 the Tibetans turned to the Chinese for military assistance when they were being besieged by an invading Gurkha army from Nepal. After this, Chinese influence in Tibet increased greatly.

The Kyerung are ethnic Tibetans and have been officially counted as part of the Tibetan nationality in China; however, they speak their own language, unintelligible with other Tibetan varieties. The Kyerung make up a significant portion of the 60,000 or more Tibetans in Nepal. The Kyerung are not the same as the Jiarong people of Sichuan Province, although when pronounced in Tibetan the two names sound similar.


What Are Their Lives Like?

The Kyerung are willing to accept other people's beliefs. They have a greeting, Tashiteleg, which means "I recognize the divine qualities in you." Traditionally a man can marry two sisters, or several brothers may share the same wife (although this is now only practiced in remote communities).


What Are Their Beliefs?

The Kyerung, like all Tibetan ethnic groups, zealously follow Tibetan Buddhism.

There are no known Christian believers among the Kyerung in either Tibet or Nepal. Faithful workers are needed like William E. Simpson, an American missionary to Tibet, who was martyred in 1932. Simpson summarized his life when he wrote, "Are not all the trials, the loneliness, the heartache, the weariness and pain, the cold and fatigue of the long road, the darkness and discouragements, and all the bereavements, temptations and testings, deemed not worthy to be compared with the joy of witnessing to this 'glad tidings of great joy'?"


What Are Their Needs?

Without the guidance of Christ, these people are like sheep without a shepherd. They need the good shepherd in their families and communities.


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 Kyerung in China.


References

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Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

People Name General Kyerung
People Name in Country Kyerung
Pronunciation Geeh-rong
Population this Country 8,400
Population all Countries 12,000
Total Countries 2
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
Alternate Names Gyirong; Gylrong; Kyirong; कयेृग
People ID 12931
ROP3 Code 105548
Country China
Region Asia, Northeast
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 16  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Location in Country The little-known Kyerung people live on both sides of the Tibet-Nepal border, not far from Mt. Everest. An additional 4,300 Kyerung live in Nepal, especially in the villages of Rasua Gari, Birdim, Thangiet, Syabru and Syabrubensi.   Source:  Peoples of the Buddhist World, 2004
Country China
Region Asia, Northeast
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 16  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Location in Country The little-known Kyerung people live on both sides of the Tibet-Nepal border, not far from Mt. Everest. An additional 4,300 Kyerung live in Nepal, especially in the villages of Rasua Gari, Birdim, Thangiet, Syabru and Syabrubensi..   Source:  Peoples of the Buddhist World, 2004
Primary Religion: Buddhism
Religion Subdivision: Tibetan
Major Religion Percent
Buddhism
100.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
0.00 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
Primary Language Kyerung (8,400 speakers)
Language Code kgy   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Unknown
Total Languages 1
Primary Language Kyerung (8,400 speakers)
Language Code kgy   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Kyerung

Primary Language:  Kyerung

Bible Translation Status:  Unspecified

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