• PEOPLE NAME: CENTRAL OKINAWAN OF JAPAN

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PEID: 7577

ROP: 101932

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Affinity Group: East Asian Peoples

Affinity Bloc: East Asian Peoples

People Cluster: Japanese

Language: Central Okinawan - (ryu)

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Primary Religion: Ethnic Religions - Chinese Universalism / Folk

Country: Japan

Also found in: Bolivia; United States

Population: 1,245,000

Global Population: 1,261,300


PEID: 7577

ROP: 101932

Progress of the Gospel: Engaged yet Unreached

Global Status of Evangelical Christianity: Less than 2% Evangelical, Concentrated CP Activity


Overview: The Central Okinawan of Japan, numbering 1,245,000, are Engaged yet Unreached. They are part of the Japanese people cluster within the East Asian Peoples affinity bloc. Globally, this group totals 1,261,300 in 3 countries. Their primary language is Central Okinawan. The primary religion practiced by the Central Okinawan is Chinese folk religion, a complex mix of beliefs and practices that includes elements of Buddhism, Taoism and ancestor veneration.


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