Samatao in China

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People Name: Samatao
Country: China
10/40 Window: Yes
Population: 3,000
World Population: 3,000
Primary Language: Samatao
Primary Religion: Ethnic Religions
Christian Adherents: 0.00 %
Evangelicals: 0.00 %
Scripture: Unspecified
Online Audio NT: No
Jesus Film: No
Audio Recordings: No
People Cluster: Tibeto-Burman, other
Affinity Bloc: Tibetan-Himalayan Peoples
Progress Level:

Introduction / History

Traditionally the Samtao people lived in what is now the city of Kunming, in Yunnan Province. They are being overrun by the Han Chinese, and in the process, their language and culture is at risk. According to one source, only about 100 people still speak their language, and the others are now speaking Mandarin, China's official language. Samatao is one of the so-called Yi languages, which is actually a conglomerate of various tribal languages, often with different linguistic roots.

Where Are they Located?

The Samatao people still live in Kunming, but some live in other parts of Yunnan Province.

What Are Their Lives Like?

The Samatao people are struggling to keep their language and culture in a place where the Han Chinese dominate their lives.

What Are Their Beliefs?

The Samatao people have their own traditional religion which is being replaced either by secularism or Chinese religion.

What Are Their Needs?

The Samatao people need to put their identity in Jesus Christ, the only sure foundation in difficult times.

Prayer Points

Pray for gospel workers to catch a vision for reaching the Samatao people for Jesus and that in God's sovereign timing their hearts would be open and ready to follow Him.
Pray for Jesus movements to bless extended Samatao families so the gospel will spread rapidly among this people group.
Pray for the spiritual lives of the Samatao people to become fruitful as they follow Christ.
Pray for the lives and culture of the Samatao people to evidence the rule and reign of the Kingdom of God as they open to the gospel, and for the beauty of Jesus to be seen in them.

Text Source:   Keith Carey