Hua Miao in China


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Introduction / History

Although the Chinese call all members of this group Hua Miao, they are not the same as the Big Flowery (Hua) Miao or the Small Flowery (Hua) Miao. Among the Hua Miao there are numerous different selfnames, ethnic groups, and dress styles, but all speak one common language. Linguist Michael Johnson has coined the term Hua Miao for this large group. They have been called by many other names in the past. Johnson explains, "I have labeled this linguistic grouping by the rather ambiguous term Hua Miao because there is no one 'Miao + modifier' autonym that is used throughout the group. ... Many of the subgroups within Hua Miao are in fact called Hua Miao 'Flowery Miao' by the Chinese. The geographic extent of the group also makes it difficult to use a geographic based name."

Despite their present ethnic divisions, the Hua Miao were once one group. "Given the comparatively minor extent of linguistic variation within Hua Miao it is feasible that the group formed a single ethnolinguistic group ... perhaps only 600 years ago. The present geographical scattering is due mostly to migrations during the Qing Dynasty which were fueled by persecutions and other social unrest."


What Are Their Lives Like?

Hua Miao probably contains several dozen self-appellations and varieties of dress. Among this collection of groups are the Hmong Dous (Downhill Hmong) in southern Sichuan, who are called Hmong Ghuad Dus (Buffalo Dung Hmong) by other Miao groups in the area in reference to their style of turban.


They are widely scattered and their only chance of hearing the gospel comes if they live near one of the few evangelized Miao communities. They have significant cultural barriers and age-old prejudices combine to prohibit the gospel from spreading from one Miao group to another.
What Are Their Beliefs?

The Hua Miao, being scattered over a large area, have several main religious beliefs, including animism, polytheism and ancestor worship.

There are as few as 1,000 scattered Hua Miao Christians in China—only one out of every 600 people. The Hua Miao are sparsely populated over a wide geographical area; therefore, their only chance of hearing the gospel comes if they happen to live near one of the few evangelized Miao groups - the A-Hmao and Gha-Mu in Guizhou or the Hmong Daw in Yunnan, for example. Significant ethnic and cultural barriers, and age-old prejudices combine to prohibit the gospel from spreading easily from one Miao group to another.


What Are Their Needs?

Without the guidance of Christ, these people are like sheep without a shepherd. They need the good shepherd in their families and communities.


Prayer Points

Pray for the authority of Christ to bind hindering spiritual forces to lead them from darkness to light.

Pray for signs and wonders to happen among them and for great breakthroughs with a rapid multiplication of disciples and house churches.

Pray for bold workers who are driven by the love of the Holy Spirit to go to them.

Pray for an unstoppable movement to Christ among them.


Scripture Prayers for the Miao, Hua in China.


References

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Additional Info
Global Prayer Digest: 2011-07-23
Global Prayer Digest: 2017-07-02
People Name General Miao, Hua
People Name in Country Miao, Hua
Natural Name Hua Miao
Pronunciation hwa mee-OW
Population this Country 787,000
Population all Countries 791,000
Total Countries 2
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group No
Pioneer Workers Needed 16
Alternate Names Buffalo Dung Hmong; Dai; Downhill Hmong; Hmong Bel; Hmong Dous; Hmong Ghuad Dus; Hmong Ndrou; Hmong Nraug; Hmong Sou; Hua Hmong; Hua Miao; Sao; Shangfeng Ren; Zhanjia Ren
People ID 18501
ROP3 Code 114112
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 600,000 Hua Miao are scattered over a wide area of Yunnan, Sichuan, and Guizhou provinces in southern China.   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 600,000 Hua Miao are scattered over a wide area of Yunnan, Sichuan, and Guizhou provinces in southern China..   Source:  Operation China, 2000
Primary Language Miao, Chuanqiandian Cluster (787,000 speakers)
Language Code cqd   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 1
Primary Language Miao, Chuanqiandian Cluster (787,000 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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Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching Global Recordings Network
Primary Religion: Ethnic Religions
Major Religion Percent
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.17 %)
0.20 %
Ethnic Religions
94.80 %
Hinduism
0.00 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
5.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
Christian Segments Percent
Anglican
0.0 %
Independent
90.0 %
Orthodox
0.0 %
Other Christian
0.0 %
Protestant
0.0 %
Roman Catholic
10.0 %
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