Chin, Zo in Myanmar (Burma)

Chin, Zo
Photo Source:  Joel Mang 
Map Source:  Anonymous
People Name: Chin, Zo
Country: Myanmar (Burma)
10/40 Window: Yes
Population: 54,000
World Population: 54,000
Primary Language: Chin, Zotung
Primary Religion: Christianity
Christian Adherents: 75.00 %
Evangelicals: 42.00 %
Scripture: Complete Bible
Online Audio NT: No
Jesus Film: No
Audio Recordings: Yes
People Cluster: Kuki-Chin-Lushai
Affinity Bloc: Tibetan-Himalayan Peoples
Progress Level:

Introduction / History

Zo Mingphuin is a very distinct ethnic people in Burma. It is very difficult to get historical records of this ethnic people as they didn't have a written languages many years ago. But it still can be traced back as far to the year 1300 AD as there are the names of the places and traditional songs which can reveal the times being composed and the stories of ancient people. These people are from a Tibeto-Burman group and are familiar with all other Chin groups even though they have their own written language which is unintelligible to others. These people called themselves "Zo Mingphuin" from the early times while others called them "Zotung" from during and after British rule. From 1931, their language was recorded using the Roman alphabet. It was called "Zo Ccaaw" (Zo Literature). Many gospel songs were translated from Lai Holh to their language and published with the name "Zo Hlaw Cca-uk". And another national organization also was established during that period named "ZSBB" (Zo Sia-imua Bawmku Bu, or "Zo Students Coorperation Organization"). But unfortunately, because of the influence of other races, some people use "Zotung" as their ethnic name without studying their history.

Where Are they Located?

This ethnic group is located in the center or heartland of todays' Chin State bordering with Burma in the east, Sethang from the north, Lautu and Mara from the west and Matu and Mindat from the south.

What Are Their Lives Like?

Most of these people are farmers and prefer hunting animals for their meals like other Chin groups.

What Are Their Beliefs?

In early history, the Zo Mingphuin believed in Khozi as god and they used to pray to Khozi for their health, wealth and sins through Khuarum services. But when the western missionaries entered Chinland, the Zo people converted to Christianity between the 1930s and the present.

What Are Their Needs?

Education, health, communication and easy transportation are much needed.

Prayer Points

Pray for increased education opportunities.
Pray for adequate health services.
Pray for an interest in and respect for their own history

Text Source:   Anonymous