Youmai in China

The Youmai have only been reported in China
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Introduction / History

When the Chinese authorities first surveyed the ethnolinguistic composition of Guizhou Province in the 1950s, they found the Youmai people group so distinct that they were unable to place them under any of the officially recognized nationalities that had been created. By the time of the 1982 census, the government still did not classify them and placed them in a generic list of undetermined minorities. The government changed the status for this small group in 1985 and classified the Youmai as part of the Yao nationality. The Youmai did not appreciate this classification who see themselves as a completely distinct group with no relationship to other minorities in southern China. Living in a nation where governmental decisions are not open to debate, the Youmai have little choice but to accept their bureaucratic identity. The people living near them, however, recognize them as a distinct ethnic group.

The Youmai may be related to the various Bunu people groups in Guizhou Province, who are culturally Yao but linguistically Hmong people. After more than a thousand years of living near the Yao, these groups have absorbed many of their customs and habits.

The Youmai people only live in China’s Guizhou Province.


What Are Their Lives Like?

The Youmai observe several key festivals throughout the year, including the Zhuzhu Festival. The Youmai believe the date set for the festival is the birthday of their foremother, Miluotuo, in the fifth month of the lunar calendar. They hold the Huiqi Festival at the same time as the Autumn Festival in other parts of China. They hold traditional singing contests and people from the countryside crowd into the village which has been chosen as the sponsor for that year. Hosts entertain guests with sumptuous food. The Youmai only hold a festival or celebration with copious amounts of rice wine and whiskey.


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What Are Their Beliefs?

The Youmai worship spirits, ancestors and Daoism as their three most prevalent religious beliefs.

No one knows about the status of Christianity among the Youmai. Few people groups in this part of China, however, have ever heard the gospel.


What Are Their Needs?

Like people everywhere, the Youmai people need to allow the loving Savior to direct their lives. They need his forgiveness for sin.


Prayer Points

Pray for the Lord to intervene in Youmai families, calling many to his side.

Pray for loving, Holy Spirit led workers to go to them.

Pray for the Lord to raise up many persons of peace from among the Youmai people to welcome Christ’s ambassadors.

Pray for a church planting movement to thrive in their communities.


Scripture Prayers for the Youmai in China.


References

Operation China, Asia Harvest, Copyrighted © Used with permission

http://www.globalprayerdigest.org/issue/day/2020/12/04

http://www.globalprayerdigest.org/issue/day/2017/07/11


Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

Additional Info
Global Prayer Digest: 2017-07-11
Global Prayer Digest: 2020-12-04
People Name General Youmai
People Name in Country Youmai
Pronunciation You-my
Population this Country 2,700
Population all Countries 2,700
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 Youmairen
People ID 18732
ROP3 Code 114367
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 About 2,000 people belonging to the little-known Youmai ethnic group live in an unspecified part of southern Guizhou Province in southern China. Although no location for the Youmai has ever been given, the few members of the Yao nationality - under which the Youmai were included - in Guizhou Province live in a few pockets along the southeast and southern parts of the province.   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 About 2,000 people belonging to the little-known Youmai ethnic group live in an unspecified part of southern Guizhou Province in southern China. Although no location for the Youmai has ever been given, the few members of the Yao nationality - under which the Youmai were included - in Guizhou Province live in a few pockets along the southeast and southern parts of the province..   Source:  Operation China, 2000

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Primary Language Iu Mien (2,700 speakers)
Language Code ium   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 1
Primary Language Iu Mien (2,700 speakers)
Language Code ium   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Iu Mien

Primary Language:  Iu Mien

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1932-1996)
Bible-New Testament Yes  (1975-1991)
Bible-Complete Yes  (2007-2008)
Bible-NT Audio Online
Bible-NT Text Online
Possible Print Bibles
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Forum Bible Agencies
National Bible Societies
World Bible Finder
Virtual Storehouse
Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching
Audio Recordings Online New Testament
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Iu Mien
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Text / Printed Matter Bible: Iu Mien
Text / Printed Matter Bible: Iu Mien
Text / Printed Matter Bible: Iu Mien
Text / Printed Matter Bible: Iu Mien
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
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