Changshu Miao in China

The Changshu Miao have only been reported in China
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Introduction / History

Although they have been included as part of the Miao nationality, the Changshu Miao consider themselves to be a unique group and do not consider other Miao groups to be related to them. They generally do not marry outside of their tribe, although this custom is being relaxed in recent years as more youth are traveling to towns and cities in search for jobs. The name Changshu Miao is a Chinese word meaning "long comb" Miao. It is uncertain what this group calls itself.
Anshun has been an important trading town in southwest China since the thirteenth century. Merchants from as far away as Burma (Myanmar) frequently came through Anshun. The Chinese described Anshun as "the throat to Yunnan and the belly of Guizhou."


What Are Their Lives Like?

The Changshu Miao are a distinctively dressed group. "The women wear an ankle length nonpleated white skirt which has about four broad horizontal black bands. The shirt opens in the middle. The hair, along with false hair, is hung on a bamboo comb at least 18 inches long that sticks out horizontally from one side of the head." Every year, on the 12th, 13th and 14th days of the first lunar month, a Miao festival called Tiao Hua Chang is held near Anshun. The people meet at an appointed festival site known as the Flower Ground. It offers a chance for relatives and friends to catch up with each other. Young women display their finest embroidery and silver jewelry, hoping to capture the attention of a young suitor.


What Are Their Beliefs?

Most Changshu Miao families are animists. Probably because of their prolonged contact with the Chinese, the Changshu Miao also worship their ancestors. Every home has an ancestral altar which is the focal point of attention during festivals and religious events.


What Are Their Needs?

There are no known Christian believers among the Changshu Miao. It is possible that there are a small number of Catholics among them, as there are several Bouyei and Chinese Catholic churches in the vicinity. Most are adequately bilingual in the Guizhou dialect of Chinese.


Prayer Points

Pray for an abundant blessing of Changshu Miao families and communities as they embrace Jesus Christ, the Lord of Lords.
Pray for a movement to Christ that will enrich the Changshu Miao community.
Pray for spiritual openness to Jesus Christ that will not be hindered by the false belief in religious institutions rather than the person, Jesus Christ.


Scripture Prayers for the Miao, Changshu in China.


References

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The Miao

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People Name General Miao, Changshu
People Name in Country Miao, Changshu
Natural Name Changshu Miao
Pronunciation Chung-shoo Meow
Alternate Names Changshu Hmong; Changshu Miao; Long Comb Miao
Population this Country 21,000
Population all Countries 21,000
Total Countries 1
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group No
GSEC 1  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
People ID 18428
ROP3 Code 114024
ROP25 Code 305438
ROP25 Name Miao / Hmong
Country China
Region Asia, Northeast
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
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Persecution Rank 19  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Location in Country Approximately 15,800 Changshu Miao live along the road between Yangliu and Geli townships in Zhenning County; and as far north as Jichang Township in Anshun County in the western part of Guizhou Province. A new highway has been constructed between Anshun and Guiyang (the provincial capital), reducing the journey to only two hours. The Changshu Miao live in the same area as people from the Bouyei, Chuanqing, and Hmong Shuad ethnic groups.   Source:  Operation China, 2000
Country China
Region Asia, Northeast
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 19  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Location in Country Approximately 15,800 Changshu Miao live along the road between Yangliu and Geli townships in Zhenning County; and as far north as Jichang Township in Anshun County in the western part of Guizhou Province. A new highway has been constructed between Anshun and Guiyang (the provincial capital), reducing the journey to only two hours. The Changshu Miao live in the same area as people from the Bouyei, Chuanqing, and Hmong Shuad ethnic groups..   Source:  Operation China, 2000
Primary Religion: Ethnic Religions
Major Religion Percent
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 1.90 %)
3.40 %
Ethnic Religions
91.60 %
Hinduism
0.00 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
5.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
Primary Language Miao, Chuanqiandian Cluster (21,000 speakers)
Language Code cqd   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 1
Primary Language Miao, Chuanqiandian Cluster (21,000 speakers)
Language Code cqd   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Miao, Chuanqiandian Cluster

Primary Language:  Miao, Chuanqiandian Cluster

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes
Bible-New Testament Yes  (2017)
Bible-Complete Yes  (2017)
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