Tribe in China Came From the Far West
In the mountainous area of northwest China, west of the Min River,
near the border of Tibet, in Szechuan lives an ancient people called
by the Chinese, Chiang or Chiang-Min, who numbers about 250 thousand
language of the Chiang tribe had been forgotten and they had also
lost their ancient script. Today they speak Chinese and two other
languages, one that originates from Tibet and the other is a slang
which is called Chiaring.
The area which they live is famous for its rare animals and plants
including the Panda bear. The Chiang people live in villages similar
to fortresses which are generally built on hilltops. In the past
they were a great people who ruled the provincial territories from
Kansu in the north to Liyunan in the south.
Historical maps during the Han dynasty (3rd century BCE - 3rd century
CE) show that this tribe the Chiang spread to the northwest part
of China. They themselves see themselves as immigrants from the
west who reached this area after a journey of three years three
months. The Chinese treated them as Barbarians and they related
to the Chinese as idol worshipers.
Hate and enmity existed between the Chinese and this tribe for a
long time. They lived independently until the middle of the 18th
century when they became part of the general population to earn
more freedom. The religious pressure from the Chinese, the spread
of Christianity, and the influence of intermarriage caused the Chiang
tribe to generally and greatly give up their special monotheistic
way of life.
However it is still possible even today to learn about the past
traditions of the Chiang tribe through their customs and their faith
which they still keep. This tribe had been living a special Israeli
way of life for 2300 years.
According to their tradition, the Chiang tribe is the descendant
of Abraham and their forefather had 12 sons. Those among them who
did not take Chinese wives after their victory in war still look
The character traits of this people are integrity, love of neighbor,
mutual aid, generosity, modesty, shyness, gratitude, and stubbornness.
They also have a fear of heaven or respect for God.
They believe in one God whom they call Abachi meaning the father
of heaven, or Mabichu, the spirit of heaven, or also Tian, heaven.
As a result of Chinese influences they all call Him God of the mountains
as the mountains are the central place for worship of God.
Their concept of God is that of an all powerful God who watches
over the entire world, judges the world fairly, rewards the righteous,
and punishes the wicked. This God gives them the opportunity to
do repentance and to gain atonement for their actions. In times
of trouble, they call God Yah-weh.
They also believe in spirits and demons and they are forbidden to
worship them, but this is probably a Chinese influence. In the past
they had written scrolls of parchment and also books but today they
only have oral traditions. They themselves do not understand the
prayers that they recite every week.
Custom of Sacrifice Among the Chiang Tribe
The Chiang tribe lives a very special way of life based on the offering
of animal sacrifices which seems to have been seen among the Ten
Tribes of Israel. It is forbidden to worship statues or foreign
gods and anyone who offers a sacrifice to another god faces the
This worship is performed in two ways. It is public sacrifice on
platforms erected on mountain tops on which they build altars of
stone which may not be fashioned with tools and on which they offer
They also have domestic of personal sacrifices on domestic altars
built on flat surfaces on the roofs of their houses. There is an
atmosphere of holy worship in all these sacrifices. They are performed
by priests whose priesthood is passed down through inheritance from
father to son. This was the same in ancient Israel.
These priests wear clean white clothes and perform the sacrifices
in a state of purity as the priests in ancient Israel did (1 Samuel
15:27). I recall that Japanese Shinto priests also wear clean white
clothes at holy events.
The priest of the Chiang tribe wears a special head turban. The
priest is ordained in a special ceremony in which sacrifices are
also offered. Unmarried men may not be a priest, which was the same
in ancient Israel (Leviticus 21:7, 13).
The the Chiang tribe does not have statues of images but they do
have two symbols of holiness. A clean white sheet of paper and a
piece of natural white stone. These symbolize absolute purity and
perhaps the written parchment which they had in the past. Before
one worships God, you must become holy and purify yourself.
It is perhaps because of the Assyrian influence of the past that
they try to build their altars next to trees or branches. The altar
itself is built of earth which is molded into stones which are then
laid one on top of the other without being cut of fashioned by any
tool of metal. It is important to remember that in the Torah, the
ancient altar could not be made of cut stones (Exodus 20:25), since
the sword or whatever tool to be used to cut the stone was also
an instrument of war and harm.
The main part of the service is performed at night perhaps to conceal
it from other Chinese or because of the special effect of the silence
and the tranquility of night. This was also ancient Israeli tradition.
It is interesting that the important rituals of Japanese Shinto
religion are also performed at night.
Before the offering of sacrifices, one is required to wash one's
self and one's clothing and to dress in clean garments. Sacrificial
animals themselves must be washed and purified. There is a special
place for purification and washing. The elders and priest place
their hands on the head of the sacrifice which is to be slaughtered
then offer their prayers.
Strangers are forbidden to approach the place of worship. The priest
of the Chiang tribe perform the service solemnly. "Unclean ones"
are also forbidden to approach the service (Leviticus 21:17-23).
These were the same in ancient Israel.
The purpose of the sacrifice is a type of atonement and to bring
God's blessings upon those offering the sacrifice. The sacrifice
has the purpose of taking away sin and blood must be sprinkled on
the corners of the altar to be granted atonement and to have one's
Words of the Chiang Tribe
One of the prayers pronounced by the priest of the Chiang tribe
in China includes the following prayer:
"Priest of God, You are the Priest of the generations who are witnesses
to the fact that our sacrifice is pure and has not been changed
by us, but has been performed in the same manner since ancient times.
We hereby fulfill our vows. We have not eaten impure foods for three
days and we have not been in impure places. We have gathered in
the holy place, the bundles of grass for the sprinkling of the blood
are in their places and we have brought the sacrifices and have
lowered the rope on the bundles of grass for the sprinkling of the
Following the prayer many of the organs of the animal are burnt
with the meat in the fire and the priest receives the shoulder,
the chest, the legs, and also the skin, and the meat is divided
among the worshipers. At the time of the sacrifice 12 flags are
placed around the altar in order to teach that they originate from
a father who had 12 sons. This system of sacrifices is very similar
to the sacrifices brought in ancient Israel at the time of the dispersion
of the Lost Tribes.
Among the ceremonies that the Chiang tribe has include the sprinkling
of blood on the doorpost to insure the safekeeping of the house,
and the laws of levirate marriage which was an Israeli custom as
I mentioned earlier. It is considered shameful for a woman to leave
her hair uncovered and therefore, they wear white scarves. Mixed
dancing of men and women does not take place. And they have a custom
of closing all forests for 50 years after which they have a special
ceremony to mark their opening. This is like a custom in ancient
The the Chiang tribe also has a purification of the earth as well
as a ceremony with a white scroll or parchment. They show great
love for parchment and take care to make sure that it remains unblemished.
They also practice trances for witchcraft and to expel demons and
this may be a Chinese influence.
Chiang tribe has a new year feast, a feast of feast, and a feast
of thanksgiving, but circumcision is not performed. But after the
7th day or at the eve of the 40th day of the child's life, a white
rooster is slaughtered in the child's honor and he is given a name.