The Kunigami of Japan are made up of seven closely related people groups living in the Ryukyu Islands. Kunigami women are traditionally kept in subjection to their husbands. At celebrations, the men stay separated from the women, usually drinking sake (rice wine). The Kunigami are Buddhist, but traditional shamanistic practices are still prevalent. They believe in many unseen gods, demons, and ancestral spirits. The father of the house maintains the religious rituals in the home and cares for the ancestral tombs. The women serve as mediators between the kami (invisible spiritual powers) and the people. The people must seek permission from the kami before making any type of decision.
No scripture is reported to be available in the Kunigami language, nor are there other resources such as gospel recordings. However, many of the younger Kunigami people speak Japanese.
Christians in nearby American military installations can take the initiative to befriend island people such as the Kunigami and, as the Lord leads, tell them about Jesus.
"I will praise you, Lord, with all my heart; I will tell of all the marvelous things you have done." Psalm 9:1
Pray for many from today’s people group to tell of God’s marvelous deeds to their families.
Pray that any followers of Jesus Christ today among the Kunigami people will be given hearts to love the Lord and their neighbor and be willing to take His name to them. The Japanese consider the Kunigami to be second class citizens. Pray for equal opportunities for these people in Japanese society.
|Online Audio NT||No|
|Christ Followers||Few, less than 2%|