Younuo in China

The Younuo have only been reported in China
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Introduction / History

The term Bunu does not necessarily refer to a specific people group; it simply means "us people." The Chinese government classifies the Younuo people as part of the Bunu in China, who in turn are considered part of the Yao nationality.

Traditionally, Younuo men hunted, although the practice has diminished in the last generation. The Younuo's use as their favorite weapons the crossbow and the muzzle-loading musket. Wild pigs and deer become scarcer every year, ending the prevalence of hunting.


What Are Their Lives Like?

The Younuo rarely marry outside their ethnic group, although there is no rule prohibiting this. Often, Younuo women consider the location of their suitor's village—to determine how far she will have to walk to fetch water—before deciding if she will accept his proposal. Sexual immorality is rampant among the Younuo. They accept premarital sex in their culture. A young man may secretly come to his girlfriend's house after dark—knowing exactly where in the house she sleeps—and will call out to her between the cracks in the wall. If the girl accepts the boy's advances, she will leave the house and spend the night with him.


What Are Their Beliefs?

The Younuo have a flood legend. They claim the waters once rose up so high on the earth that they reached into heaven. Man then sounded a gong at the rooftop of the earth which woke the Thunder god. The Thunder god saw man's distress and came down to rescue them, causing the flood to end. They also worship a powerful dragon spirit, Zaj Laung, who they believe controls the waters and lives at the bottom the sea. He also controls the weather and must be placated to ensure enough rain for a bountiful harvest. The Younuo believe the dragon can take the form of a rainbow. They also worship the sun and moon.


What Are Their Needs?

Like people everywhere, the Younuo 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 their families, calling people to his side.

Pray for loving, Holy Spirit led workers to go to the Younuo people.

Pray for the Lord to raise up Younuo persons of peace to welcome Christ’s ambassadors.

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


Scripture Prayers for the Younuo in China.


References

Operation China, Asia Harvest, Copyrighted © Used with permission

http://www.globalprayerdigest.org/issue/day/2018/07/18


Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

Additional Info
Global Prayer Digest: 2018-07-18
People Name General Younuo
People Name in Country Younuo
Pronunciation Yoou-noou
Population this Country 22,000
Population all Countries 22,000
Total Countries 1
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
GSEC 2  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
Alternate Names Bunu; Hong Yao; Mountain Speech Red Yao; Red Yao; Shanhua Hong Yao; Younou; Younuo Bunu; Yuno; Yunuo
People ID 18733
ROP3 Code 114368
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 18,000 members of the Younuo tribe - known locally as the Hong Yao (Red Yao) - live in concentrated communities within Longsheng and Xing'an counties in the northeastern part of the Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region. They share the region with members of the Dong and Miao minorities. The 1982 Chinese census listed only 2,920 Younuo. Subsequent research found their numbers to be higher.   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 18,000 members of the Younuo tribe - known locally as the Hong Yao (Red Yao) - live in concentrated communities within Longsheng and Xing'an counties in the northeastern part of the Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region. They share the region with members of the Dong and Miao minorities. The 1982 Chinese census listed only 2,920 Younuo. Subsequent research found their numbers to be higher..   Source:  Operation China, 2000
Primary Language Bunu, Younuo (22,000 speakers)
Language Code buh   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Unknown
Total Languages 1
Primary Language Bunu, Younuo (22,000 speakers)
Language Code buh   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Bunu, Younuo

Primary Language:  Bunu, Younuo

Bible Translation Status:  Unspecified

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Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching
Primary Religion: Ethnic Religions
Major Religion Percent
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.00 %
Ethnic Religions
96.00 %
Hinduism
0.00 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
4.00 %
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 Joshua Project / Global Mapping International  
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