The Pumi, one of 56 officially recognized ethnic groups in China, live on the mountains of the northwestern Yunnan province as high up as 2700 meters. They were originally a nomadic group inhabiting the Qinghai-Tibetan plateau but were moved to Yunnan by the Mongolians in the fourth century B.C. Pumi is the name given to them by the government; they refer to themselves by a name that means “white men.” The Pumi have five dialects which are part of the Tibeto-Burman language family. Their main holidays are dedicated to the “god of the kitchen,” and include feasting, bonfires, horse racing, shooting contests, and wrestling. Their religion is Lamaism (Tibetan Buddhism), but they also worship Suoguonaba, “the god of the mountains.” They also practice ancestor worship. The Pumi believe a sheep is killed to lead the spirit of a deceased person into the land of their ancestors.
Partnership // Move Beyond
- It is estimated that there are over 100 million Christians in China. Pray the Christians in China will be moved to reach the Pumi.
- Pray churches are planted throughout the Yunnan Province and that there may be growth in the body of Christ.
- Their culture is heavily influenced by their spiritual beliefs; pray God reveals himself to them.
- Pray an anointing over the workers sent to serve the Pumi.