Daily Topic for July 22, 2010
Traditionally, the Hakka people thought much like those we hear from in today’s world. They believed in limiting the number of children, so much so that they committed infanticide. But the Bible has a very different view. Children are a blessing!
Pray that the Hakka people will realize the blessing God has for them in raising up the next generation.
At different times from the 4th to the 13th centuries, large numbers of people in China’s northern war-torn Yellow River Valley region were forced to flee their homes and to seek refuge in southern China. Mongol hordes swept across China in the 13th century and many Hakka people fled to the south to escape the carnage. The Hakkas are well-known for their perseverance even under the most adverse circumstances. When they arrived as newcomers in a southern community, they often had to exist on the poorest lands.
One thing that the Hakkas did to persevere is tragic. In the past, many poor Hakka mothers killed their newborn female babies rather than sell them into slavery or concubinage. One method of killing the baby was to put her into a bucket of cold water, which was called “baby water.”
Hakka people are known for their determination to preserve their culture, especially their language. If a non-Hakka girl marries into a Hakka family, she must learn their language and raise her children to speak only Hakka in the home.
Today there are roughly 50-75 million Hakkas all over the world. Though there are some Hakka believers, most notably in Taiwan, they are considered non-religious and unreached. In remote areas, they still practice aspects of animism and shamanism.Learn more at joshuaproject.net
Pray that Hakka believers in China and Taiwan will witness to their friends and family members in far-flung parts of the world.