Taoping Qiang in China

The Taoping Qiang have only been reported in China
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Introduction / History

The Taoping Qiang are one of 11 Qiang language groups that make up the official Qiang nationality in China.

The Southern Qiang languages, including Taoping Qiang, contain between two and six tones, depending on the location. The Southern Qiang, located on the edge of Han Chinese civilization, are being assimilated. The farther north one travels the more culturally Tibetan the Qiang become.

For many centuries the Qiang have been sandwiched between the great Tibetan and Chinese empires. Numerous raiding armies and bandits have passed through the Qiang region, many leaving a violent mark on the pages of Qiang history.


What Are Their Lives Like?

The Qiang enjoy a tortilla-like bread called sanchuisanda. The term literally means "three blows, three hits." The bread is made of wheat flour and is "baked in hot ashes at the side of a fire. But since the loaf is covered with ashes, one needs to blow on it two or three times and pat it as well."


What Are Their Beliefs?

Most Qiang homes are two-story stone constructions. The ground floor is reserved for animals, while the family sleeps on the second floor. One room in every house is set aside by the Qiang to worship their ancestors. A shrine covered with red paper contains the family idols and ancestral tablets.

There are no known Christians among the Taoping Qiang today. It is hoped the Mianchi Qiang believers will share Christ with all Qiang groups in China. Protestant and Catholic missionaries had been active among other Qiang groups before the end of the nineteenth century. Several established churches were destroyed, and most of the church leaders were martyred by the communists in 1935. Today, the main church building at Tongwenmai, at the entrance of Longqi Township, still lies in ruins. The Wenchuan government offices now stand on the site of the former CIM premises.

In 1986 Thomas Torrance Jr. visited the Qiang for the first time since his family left China in the 1930s. Despite his long absence, he soon found his heart pounding for the people he had come to love more than 50 years before. Torrance wrote, "It was, I think, one of the most memorable days of my life. Apart from being in close contact with very lovely people I felt that I had been sent back by the Lord to help rekindle the flame of their Christian faith and start rebuilding the Church in their midst. I was deeply moved by the love and regard the Qiang people still retained for my father after more than half a century, and by the way they came to show their appreciation for what he was and had done for them in greeting and welcoming his son."


What Are Their Needs?

The Taoping Qiang people need to submit to Jesus Christ so they can experience the abundant life he offers in John 10:10.


Prayer Points

Pray for the spiritual blindness and bondage to the evil one to be removed so they can understand and respond to Christ.

Pray for the Lord to provide for their physical and spiritual needs as a testimony of his power and love.

Pray that the Taoping Qiang people will have a spiritual hunger that will open their hearts to the King of kings.

Pray for an unstoppable movement to Christ among them.


Scripture Prayers for the Qiang, Taoping in China.


References

Operation China, Asia Harvest, Copyrighted © Used with permission


Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

The Qiang
Source:  Asia Harvest      Download

People Name General Qiang, Taoping
People Name in Country Qiang, Taoping
Natural Name Taoping Qiang
Pronunciation Taow-ping Chee-ung
Population this Country 8,400
Population all Countries 8,400
Total Countries 1
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
GSEC 1  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
Alternate Names Chiang, Taoping; Taoping; T'ao-p'ing Ch'iang
People ID 18668
ROP3 Code 114294
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 Approximately 6,300 speakers of the Taoping Qiang language live in Lixian County in western Sichuan Province. Before 1949 landlords controlled the distribution of land among the Qiang. Eight percent of the population controlled 43% of the land. Consequently, many Qiang lived in chronic poverty and bondage.   Source:  Operation China, 2000
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 Approximately 6,300 speakers of the Taoping Qiang language live in Lixian County in western Sichuan Province. Before 1949 landlords controlled the distribution of land among the Qiang. Eight percent of the population controlled 43% of the land. Consequently, many Qiang lived in chronic poverty and bondage..   Source:  Operation China, 2000
Primary Language Qiang, Southern (8,400 speakers)
Language Code qxs   Ethnologue Listing
Primary Dialect Taoping
Dialect Code 15832   Global Recordings Listing
Language Written Unknown
Total Languages 1
Primary Language Qiang, Southern (8,400 speakers)
Language Code qxs   Ethnologue Listing
Primary Dialect Taoping
Dialect Code 15832   Global Recordings Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Qiang, Southern

Primary Language:  Qiang, Southern

Bible Translation Status:  Translation Needed

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Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching Global Recordings Network
Primary Religion: Ethnic Religions
Major Religion Percent
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.00 %
Ethnic Religions
95.00 %
Hinduism
0.00 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
5.00 %
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 (Representative photo)
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Map Source Bethany World Prayer Center  
Video Source Asia Harvest
Profile Source Joshua Project  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more