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Bibleless Nations

The Bunu of China

  Hidden deep in the mountains of southwest China, the Bunu people are like a treasure waiting to be found. Many of the small Bunu villages are inaccessible by any type of vehicle. The Bunu went into hiding when they were forced to flee the Hunan valley due to violent persecution from the Han and Zhuang peoples. The kinship system of the Bunu is matrilineal, meaning they trace their descent through their mother’s line, [...]

Tharu

If you were to venture into the Tarai plains on the India-Nepal border, not only would you behold the incredible Himalayan Mountain range, but you would discover the beautiful Tharu people. Large families live together in brightly colored houses and work in the fields and forests with tools made by their own hands. Proud of their cultural heritage, traditions, and language, the Tharu are very artistic. Colorful clothing, beautiful jewelry, and intricate fishing nets are [...]

Tharu

If you were to venture into the Tarai plains on the India-Nepal border, not only would you behold the incredible Himalayan Mountain range, but you would discover the beautiful Tharu people. Large families live together in brightly colored houses and work in the fields and forests with tools made by their own hands. Proud of their cultural heritage, traditions, and language, the Tharu are very artistic. Colorful clothing, beautiful jewelry, and intricate fishing nets are [...]

Rukai—Taiwan

Photp: Halpis The Rukai, one of Taiwan’s sixteen indigenous tribes, inhabit the high mountains of southern Taiwan. Difficulties of travel in the high mountains and limited contact even among people of the same tribe have resulted in six distinct dialects of Rukai. Tribesman of the Rukai and neighboring tribes were fiercely protective of their hunting lands, and would hunt the heads of intruders to bring back to their village as trophies. This practice persisted among [...]

Mau Malinké of Côte d’Ivoire

Imagine living your entire life committed to what you believe, dedicated to your people and traditions, following the teachings passed down to you from your parents and their parents, and then dying only to realize that everything you believed in was a lie and you must now spend eternity in torment, separated from God. How would it feel to know there were people in the world who had the truth, yet never told you? Approximately [...]

Fur of Sudan

“Avilakoa!” a man cries out to you from beside the dirt path. His long white robe brushes the ground as he stands watching over his cattle. In the distance, you see a village of mud houses and hear the sound of women calling out to each other as they get water and prepare food. This is a village of Fur people and you have just been greeted with a “good morning!” The Fur people live [...]

Hunza of Pakistan

Tucked away, high in the northeastern mountains of Pakistan, live the Hunza people. They are also known as the Burusha. These people lived for hundreds of years in complete isolation until a highway was built that brings many tourists to see the beauty of the Himalayan mountains contrasted with the lush, terraced gardens of the Hunza farmers. The Hunza people are renown not only for their beautiful valley but also for their long life span. [...]

Larestani of Iran

The Larestani people group of Southwestern Iran has a population of 115,000 Sunni Muslims. The Larestani are surrounded by Shi’ite Muslims, so religious tensions are often very high. The Larestani are farmers and shepherds; but as they are completely dependent on the little rainfall the region receives, are very poor. As a direct result of the difficulty in farming and shepherding, many Larestani have left their homeland and moved to other countries around the world [...]

Lembak of Indonesia

The Lembak, or Cul (population 231,000), live primarily on the island of Sumatra in Indonesia.  They are  farmers whose main crop is rice, though some do farm and sell coffee and rubber. Families are close-knit; two family members accompany anyone leaving Sumatra to receive further training or work experience. When they finish their training, all three family members return. They call themselves “Sindang Kelingi” or “Lembak Sindang Merdeka” which means “free.” This is ironic as [...]

Palaung of Myanmar (Burma)

The Palaung people of Myanmar are divided into three groups, each of which has its own language. These three languages are all thriving; they are spoken in the home and markets by speakers of all ages.  The Palaung live in the mountainous northern region where census taking is difficult and results uncertain. The Rumai Palaung number around 157,000; they have no Scriptures. The Shwe Palaung number about 229,000; they have no Scriptures either. The 294,000 [...]

Moor

The Moor (world-wide population  4,235,100) are originally from North Africa. They are proud of their Arabic ancestry and retain its Islamic influence which varies between the terrorist Quidari and the more peaceful Jajani. Their language is Hassaniya Arabic. They have no Scripture or known missionaries. In 711 AD, the Moor invaded and conquered Spain. They contributed so much knowledge during their several hundred year reign that    Europe made great strides in education and the sciences.  [...]

Luri of Iran

An estimated four to five million Luri people live in the Zagros Mountains in the southwestern provinces of Iran.  Making up about 7% of Iran’s population, these ancient nomads are believed to be indigenous to the area, descended from ancient Persians. History reports that Luri ancestors were the Elamites and Kassites, dating back to 3000 B.C.  It was the Kassite dynasty that defeated ancient Babylonia and dominated Mesopotamia for 576 years.  Could this be the [...]

Uncontacted Tribes of the Amazon Basin

The Amazon Basin contains the largest tropical rainforest in the world, covering an area almost the size of the continental United States. Most of the basin lies within Brazil, but it also encompasses parts of Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador, Guyana, Peru, and Venezuela. It is home to an estimated twenty-six million people, including isolated and even uncontacted tribes. Some have denied the existence of as yet uncontacted tribes, but it has been documented by eye witness [...]

Banjar of Indonesia

The 4,127,124 Banjar, Indonesia’s tenth largest ethnic group, makes up 1.7% of the nation’s total population. They live mainly in Southern Kalimantan. There are also over a million Banjar in Malaysia. The Banjarese language reflects the influence of the Dayaks, the Javanese, and the Malay peoples from whom the Banjar descended. This is a very active language; many of its speakers lack fluency in Indonesian. The script is Arabic. This people has been dominated by [...]

Eton of Cameroon

The official languages of the Republic of Cameroon are French and English. There are also 286 indigenous languages, one of which is Eton with an estimated 127,000 speakers. The Eton people live in the tropical rain forest of the Centre Region. They are subsistence farmers, using the slash and burn method to plant root crops (such as cassava, yam, and macabo), plantain, and groundnuts. Fishing and hunting supplement their diet. Cacao is a cash crop. [...]

Azeri Turk of Iran

Many people assume that all people living in the Middle East are Arabic. However, this is not the case. The Azeri Turk people group, located mainly in northern Iran and eastern and western Azerbaijan, are a Turkic-speaking ethnic group. The population of this people group in these two countries is 15.5 million. They are primarily descendants of the Caucasian Albanian and Iranian people (Persians), who lived in the areas of the Caucasus and northern Iran [...]

The Deaf of the World

Every country in the world has a Deaf population, and they are largely unreached. Many of them have their own culture and a sign language distinct for that country.  Some deaf people live in isolation and loneliness, while others move to cities and form deaf communities. There are actually two Englands— two English languages and two English cultures that co-exist side by side—the hearing and the Deaf.  Similarly, there are two Germanies, two Frances, two [...]

Panxian Nasu of China

Photo by Paul Hathaway The Panxian Nasu (pronounced Pan-sheeun Na-soo) live in southwestern China in the Guizhou, Yunnan, and Guangxi Provinces. Different sources number them anywhere from 290,000 to 383,000. They speak one of six distinct languages of the Yi people group, and there are two separate dialects of that one language. Their origin and culture are also distinct from other Yi. Over the centuries, the Panxian Nasu have, in some places, almost [...]

Svan, Republic of Georgia

Isolated and sheltered from the rest of the world by the high peaks of the Caucasus Mountains, the Svan people have preserved and carried on their ancient culture for centuries. Eastern Orthodoxy arrived around the sixth century, yet, it quickly meshed together with primal customs such as sun worship, blood feuds, and animal sacrifices. This syncretized culture still runs deep among the people. Because life became increasingly easier beyond the mountains, and deadly avalanches killed [...]

Yemeni Arab of Yemen

There are an estimated 6,934,000 Yemeni Arabs living in the world today.  These tribal people are scattered throughout 16 different countries, but the majority of them live in Yemen. Within their social structure are four classes of people: the wealthy, the tribesmen, the merchants and craftsmen, and the slaves.  These classes are very predominant and can be distinguished by the types of clothing worn. This people group lives in fortress-like villages and elaborately decorated flat-roofed [...]

Baka of Congo, Africa

For centuries, the Pygmies have been recognized as the oldest inhabitants of the African rainforest.  Throughout the forests of Cameroon, Gabon, and Congo, there lives a group of Pygmies known as the Baka.  Because they are so remote and widespread, there has been no accurate count of their population. They are the people of the forest, with a vast knowledge of its animals and plants along with its natural medicines and cures. The women build [...]

Aimaq, Char of Afghanistan

The Aimaq Char of Afghanistan is a people group comprised of four different tribes: Taimani, Firozkohi, Timuri, and Jamshidi. It is estimated that 250 subtribes exist within these. The population of this group is 334,000 and 148,000 of them live in Afghanistan. Their primary language is Aimaq, but Farsi is spoken in the schools. Foods commonly eaten are thick wheat bread, chickpeas, rice, potatoes, and other garden vegetables. Chicken, eggs, or lamb are often eaten [...]

Miao of China

The Miao are one of the 55 officially recognized minorities in China. With a population of 9.6 million in China alone, they form the country’s fifth largest ethnic minority. Because of past oppression and multiple migrations, they are scattered across several provinces in Southeast China, and many Hmong (a Miao sub-group) have settled in Southeast Asian and Western countries. The language family of the Miao includes 35-plus languages, only three of which have Bibles. Most [...]

Pamiri Tajiks of Central Asia

The Pamiri Tajiks live in extreme isolation on the border area of four countries: Tajikistan, China, Pakistan and Afghanistan. Their traditional homeland is the Pamir Mountains, the world's second highest mountain range. Different sources recognize between 120,000 and 350,000 Pamiri Tajiks. This number includes several distinct sub-dialects. All of these dialects are still unwritten. Being primarily farmers, the Pamiri Tajiks raise sheep, yaks and horses. Their villages consist of small houses built of stone and [...]

Idaca of Benin, Africa

The Idaca are one of 68 distinct peoples of Benin and live in the south-central part of the country. Differing sources number them at 41,800 and 140,000. They belong to the Yoruba people cluster, one of the three African people groups from which Voodoo originated. Yams, millet, and sorghum are raised by traditional farming methods and provide the Idaca’s basic diet. This diet may be supplemented by hunting, fishing, and gathering. Most Idaca still practice [...]