we need your help to support three family. they are hard woking amoung unreached people in Rakhine State.
Or you can help one family or you can ask someone for their supporters.
Uppu People are from Southern Chin State, Myanmar. The Uppu is one of the 53 Chin tribes, which have been not registered nor know by the government of Myanmar since 1890.
- The Origin of Uppu
The origin of Uppu appears to be from Mongolia stock of the Tibeto-Burmese family.
(MyitPia District, Rakhan State; Kaplet District, Chin State; Saw District, MaGyew Division).
Uppu land is a part of Southern Chin State of Myanmar which is located on the mainland of South-East Asia. It is bound by India to the North, Bangladesh to the West and Magyew Division to the East and Rakhain State to the South. It is also located between North Latitude 20’3 And 21’3, and between East longitudes 93’ 10 and 94’ 10. The Uppu land is mountainous and situated between 800 m to 3200 m above the sea level. Uppu land has got thousands of slope ranges of mountain, brooks and streams.
The overall Uppu is estimated somewhere between 200000 and 170000.
There are more than 50 villages in Uppu land. The villages range from 25 to 40 houses.
Uppu language is the mother tongue of all Uppu tribes. Uppu people can speak other languages those ethic groups who live near their region such as Matu, Dai, Kaplet and Burmese.
Uppu people do not have literature (the Alphabets). They have only language. They are forgotten people in Asia (Myanmar). The Word Mission had a vision and common to work for one of the many groups in Myanmar that did not have a Bible in their own language, and many, like the Uppu, not even a system of writing. On Now they are trying to have their own literature.
In Uppu land there are only basic education primary schools (from 5 years to 15 years). Basic Primary School is newly opened in only some villages, but the local people can not learn properly and functionally.
There is no government clinics and dispensaries in Uppu villages. People go to the nearest Burmese villages and the Town to buy some drugs. There are no doctors in Uppu land. There are rarely found to be given vaccination to Uppu people in this area are Malaria, dengue fever, Flu, gastric pain, bronchioles, diarrhea and hepatitis.
- Festivals, Ceremonies
The Dry bones Celebration and Demonic Sacrifices are the most popular festivals and Ceremony. The tradition says that when a man or woman died, they burn their body and keep his/her bones over’s one year or one and half years. Then they did celebrate for bones in great ways and as great days within the traditional festival and ceremony Uppu people used to dance and sing songs. The musical instruments are gongs, cymbal, flutes, drums, bamboo claps and so.
- Recent 100 years ago Uppu people are animism. Most Uppu people have converted to Christianity within the last two decades. In Uppu Land there are some Christian denominations such as Baptist, N T Church, AG, Anglican and Mara evangelical church so on. But there are many Uppu people who believe in evil spirits. Still most Uppu people worshiped to demon as their gods and Buddhus.
Hundred percent of Uppu people earn their lives by practicing shifting cultivation. In Burmese, it is known as “Taungya” derived from the two words “taung”, “a hill”, and “ya” “cultivation.” The native name for shifting cultivation is “Lou”. It is widely practiced in Uppu land. Cultivators cut trees, bamboo, grass, burn it, and raise agricultural crops for one or two years before moving on to another site and repeated the process after 7 or 10 years old.
Shifting cultivation is practiced once a year moving from one place to another. They start cutting trees in December and January, burn down the cutting trees in March and begin to sow at the end of May. Their harvest time begins in the early week of November. If the cultivating area is far from the village, house for shelter “Chapum” is built for resting, cooking and sleeping when felling the trees for “taung ya”. Rice, beans, millet, maize, chili, turmeric, potatoes, gourds, sesame, cucumber, pumpkin, ginger, etc are popular crops usually cultivated. The cultivation method is only depending on raining.
Generally Uppu land is one of the most using remote mountainous land system that the least developed regions inhabitants by indigenous hill tribes of Myanmar. Plantation and gardening are only for their survival and diet food because there are no transportation systems and markets in Uppu land. Besides that Uppu people get some money by cultivation of chilis.
There are a lot of bamboo and fir, pine several of trees in Uppu land. Uppu land is a paradise of trees with thousand of species.
Land Creatures: Leopard, jungle cat, Red wolf, Fox. Wild dog, Bear, Monkey, Deer, Tortoise, chameleon, land-leech, Hog-deer, sandbur, Bison, Goral, wild pig.
Birds: Varieties of birds’ species are found in chin pun land, more than 200 species of birds’ inhabitant there. Owl, Horn bill, Parakeet, crow, cockatoo, Parrot, Peacock, Partridge, Swallow, Cuckoo, Pigeon, and Jungle fowl, Dove.
Snake: Varieties of snake species, both poisonous and non-poisonous are found in Chin Pum land, Boa constrictor, Hamadryad, Viper, Cobra.
The rivers and streams contain various types’ fish species. There are two important Rivers and small streams in Uppu land.
- The Way of Worship & Offering
They worship their god evil spirit by offering Dog, Cow and chicken and rice beer.
- The way of Marriage
Uppu man can get marriage more than two or three women. Polygamy was accepted.
There is little development of transportation in Uppu land. To reach one village to another village they have to spend 4 days or 7 days. They go on foot even at all the time.
19. Prayer request and projects for Uppu People
1. Please pray for our Uppu student that they will go to plant church in their village where there was no churches at all.
2. Pray that more Uppu people will open their heart for Jesus.
3. Pray that The Word Mission will reach more unreached people of Uppu in Uppu land.
4. We need a chill filed inside Uppu which is 3 acres big. For this chill filed project God needs $2500.
5. We need $100 for church planter (one family ) in monthly support. 3 family with their photos.
6. We need $ 25 for monthly support for the children of Uppu people.
Thank you for your gifts for Uppu people.
The Word Mission