Yongnan Zhuang in China


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Introduction / History

The Zhuang (Yongnan, Dai, Nong, Yang, Zuojiang) are a collection of related Central Tai language groups which have been combined with the Northern Zhuang - a collection of Northern Tai language groups - to form China's official Zhuang nationality. There are many tribes, clans, and self-designations among the Zhuang. Names such as Debao and Heiyi frequently appear in Chinese linguistic research.
During the Qin Dynasty (221-207 BC), half a million Han convicts were exiled by Emperor Qin Shihuang to the Lingnan region in southern China (now Guangxi and Guangdong). There they intermingled with the various branches of the Bai Yue nationality. The Zhuang today are thought to be the descendants of the Bai Yue. Historically, the Zhuang were called Tuliao or Sharen.
China's Guangxi Province is made up mostly of people from the Zhuang people groups. They live similar lives and each subgroup, including the Liujiang, is unreached with the gospel.


What Are Their Lives Like?

Yongnan Zhuang homes are usually built on stilts. A newly married woman stays with her parents until after the birth of the first child. Only then does she go to live with her husband in his village.


What Are Their Beliefs?

The Zhuang are careful not to offend the spirit world that surrounds them. They believe in the spirits of the water, forest, mountain, village, etc.
The first Protestant missionary to the Zhuang was R. H. Graves, a Southern Baptist, who arrived in Guangxi in 1862. In 1895 the Christian & Missionary Alliance commenced work in Guangxi. They established 65 churches over a 50-year period. Most of these churches were attended by Han Chinese, but small numbers of Zhuang also attended.


What Are Their Needs?

Every Zhuang subgroup, including the Yongnan, need the gospel to penetrate their families and communities.


Prayer Points

Pray for a powerful gospel witness in every Yongnan Zhuang family.
Pray for Yongnan Zhuang disciples to make more disciples.
Pray for the Holy Spirit to draw family heads to the only savior, Jesus Christ.


Scripture Prayers for the Zhuang, Yongnan in China.


References

Operation China, Asia Harvest, Copyrighted © Used with permission


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The Waiting World - The Zhuang

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People Name General Zhuang, Yongnan
People Name in Country Zhuang, Yongnan
Natural Name Yongnan Zhuang
Pronunciation Zhoo-ung
Alternate Names Chuang; Chwan; Chwang; Kun To; Longming; Pu Nong; Pu To; Southern Zhuang; Tai Chuang; Wuming
Population this Country 2,049,000
Population all Countries 2,062,000
Total Countries 2
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group No
GSEC 1  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Pioneer Workers Needed 41
People ID 18740
ROP3 Code 115006
ROP25 Code 309110
ROP25 Name Zhuang
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 four million speakers of the Zhuang languages live in the southwestern part of Guangxi and the adjoining areas of southeastern Yunnan Province, of which 770,000 live in Wenshan Prefecture. Technically, there are also speakers of Zhuang varieties in Vietnam and Laos, but they are known by different names in different places. The Chinese officially classify several groups as Zhuang, which include the Giay, Tho, Nung, Cao Lan, and Buyang.   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 four million speakers of the Zhuang languages live in the southwestern part of Guangxi and the adjoining areas of southeastern Yunnan Province, of which 770,000 live in Wenshan Prefecture. Technically, there are also speakers of Zhuang varieties in Vietnam and Laos, but they are known by different names in different places. The Chinese officially classify several groups as Zhuang, which include the Giay, Tho, Nung, Cao Lan, and Buyang..   Source:  Operation China, 2000
Map of Zhuang, Yongnan in China Ethnolinguistic map or other map

Primary Religion: Ethnic Religions
Major Religion Percent
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.14 %)
0.20 %
Ethnic Religions
90.00 %
Hinduism
0.00 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
9.80 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
Primary Language Zhuang, Yongnan (2,049,000 speakers)
Language Code zyn   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 1
Primary Language Zhuang, Yongnan (2,049,000 speakers)
Language Code zyn   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Zhuang, Yongnan

Primary Language:  Zhuang, Yongnan

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (2023)
Bible-New Testament No
Bible-Complete No
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