Tai Man in China


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Introduction / History

The inhabitants of the one Shan village in China have been included under the Dai nationality. The name Shan is used by different Tai groups in various ways throughout China. The predominant Tai group in the Dehong Prefecture are the Tai Mao, who sometimes call themselves Shan. Furthermore, the Tai Nua are often called Yunnanese Shan. The Shan are very proud of their racial identity. They call themselves Tai Yay, meaning "greater Tai." Although the different Tai peoples view themselves as from the same ethnic stock, for reasons of determining Christian strategy it is important to classify them according to their various ethnic and linguistic affiliations.

The Shan are one of the major peoples of Southeast Asia. They dominate the state in northern Myanmar that bears their name. Desiring their own independent homeland, rebel Shan armies have been fighting the Burmese since the end of World War II.


What Are Their Lives Like?

Traditionally all Shan boys are sent to a temple at the age of seven or eight, where they receive their education from Buddhist monks. In recent decades the region has seen rampant drug trafficking between China and Myanmar.


What Are Their Beliefs?

The Shan have been ardent followers of Theravada Buddhism for many centuries. Gold colored temples are scattered throughout the jungles and mountains of Shan State. All Shan community life is centered around their religion. Unlike most Buddhists who believe in karma, the Shan believe they are protected from evil by the spiritual power of Buddha idols and spirits.

Mission research ministries have designated the Shan of Myanmar the ninth largest unreached people in the world. Missionaries first started reaching out to the Shan in 1860, and the Shan New Testament was completed in 1882. Historically, few Shan have responded to the gospel, largely because of their ethnic pride and identity as Buddhists. In recent years some breakthroughs have occurred in Myanmar. There are no Christians reported among the Shan in China, even though the Bible, the JESUS Film, and gospel radio broadcasts are all available in the Shan language.


What Are Their Needs?

The Tai Man people need to put their trust and identity in the hands of the loving God of Creation who sent his son to make it possible for them to enter the Kingdom of God.


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 the Tai Man 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 Tai Man, Shan in China.


References

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Profile Source:   Joshua Project  
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People Name General Tai Man, Shan
People Name in Country Tai Man, Shan
Natural Name Tai Man
Pronunciation tie MAHN
Population this Country 700
Population all Countries 4,614,000
Total Countries 4
Indigenous No
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
Alternate Names Burmese Shan; Cha Shan; Dai; Great Thai; Ngio; Nyaw; Red Shan; Sen; Sha; Sham; Shyam; Tai Jai; Tai Long; Tai Luang; Tai Neua; Tai Yai; Tai Yay; Tairong; Tairung; Thai Yai; Turung; Yunnanese Shan; टाई मान, शान
People ID 18205
ROP3 Code 113721
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 They are concentrated throughout Shan State, in north-east Myanmar. In Thailand, they inhabit the provinces of Chiang Rai, Chiang Mai and Mae Hong Son. A small group lives on the other side of Thailand in Mukdahan Province.   Source:  Peoples of the Buddhist World, 2004
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 They are concentrated throughout Shan State, in north-east Myanmar. In Thailand, they inhabit the provinces of Chiang Rai, Chiang Mai and Mae Hong Son. A small group lives on the other side of Thailand in Mukdahan Province..   Source:  Peoples of the Buddhist World, 2004
Primary Language Shan (700 speakers)
Language Code shn   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 1
Primary Language Shan (700 speakers)
Language Code shn   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Shan

Primary Language:  Shan

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1871-1995)
Bible-New Testament Yes  (1882-1995)
Bible-Complete Yes  (1892-2002)
Bible-NT Audio Online
Bible-NT Text Online
Possible Print Bibles
Amazon
World Bibles
Forum Bible Agencies
National Bible Societies
World Bible Finder
Virtual Storehouse
Resource Type Resource Name Source
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching Global Recordings Network
Audio Recordings Online New Testament Faith Comes by Hearing
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio Jesus Film Project
Film / Video God's Story video God's Story
Film / Video Indigitube.tv Video / Animation Create International
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Shan Jesus Film Project
Film / Video Retaliate With Love Create International
Film / Video The Gospel - Shan Animation Create International
Film / Video The Way to Worship in God's House Create International
General Bible for Children Bible for Children
General Gospel resources links Scripture Earth
General Shan Bible App General / Other
Mobile App Download audio Bible app as APK file Faith Comes by Hearing
Text / Printed Matter Bible: Shan YouVersion Bibles
Text / Printed Matter The Ancient Path Live Global
Primary Religion: Buddhism
Religion Subdivision: Theravada
Major Religion Percent
Buddhism
95.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.00 %
Ethnic Religions
3.00 %
Hinduism
0.00 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
2.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
Christian Segments Percent
Anglican
Unknown
Independent
Unknown
Orthodox
Unknown
Other Christian
Unknown
Protestant
Unknown
Roman Catholic
Unknown
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Map Source Bethany World Prayer Center  
Profile Source Joshua Project  
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