Settling the Qiangic Peoples in Israel

The Qiangic peoples of Sichuan, China are among those Median Jewish peoples that have largely resisted conversion to religious imperialism. The Qiangic peoples were identified as Jewish during the colonial era and were despite this not targeted by missionaries. There are more than 300 000 members of the official Qiang nationality in China and most practice Qiang Median Judaism. Their ancestors were converted in ancient times by the Maggid (so-called “Magi”) Median Kohanim who travelled the ancient world in trade and converted many peoples to Median Judaism in all parts of the world. 

The Qiangic peoples speak many Qiangic languages and it is essential that these are preserved after their Aliyah (immigration) to Israel. Israel should establish new bilingual cities, towns and villages, at least one for each Qiangic language. Education should be bilingual in Hebrew and the respective Qiangic language for all residents of those communities irrespective of ethnic origin.

Published by Daniella Bartfeld

Daniella Bartfeld is the founding director of the Aliyah Organization.

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