Thai in China, Macau


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Introduction / History

Centuries ago the Central Thai people lived north of Yangtzekiang in China. Relentless pressure by the Chinese gradually forced them southward. They conquered many peoples and cultures as they sought a new homeland, and by the 10th century they had settled in what is now central Thailand. A bloodless revolution in 1932, led by Westernized intellectuals, instituted a democratic constitutional monarchy. However, the country has suffered numerous governmental upheavals since then. Today, Buddhism is the central and unifying force in Thai society. The Central Thai speak Thai, the official language of Thailand.


Where Are they Located?

Thai people in Macau now are starting to form their own community, small Bangkok. This is where they have their cultural events featuring food stalls, dance, and their own form of martial arts.


What Are Their Lives Like?

The Central Thai are unusually polite, respectful, and hospitable people. Age is highly respected in Central Thai society. Type of occupation, wealth, and place and type of residence follow age in terms of respect and rank. The Central Thai are distinguished by a near absence of labor division by gender. Both men and women plow, till, fish, cook, tend babies, clean house, and wash clothes. Rice is their staple food just as it is for most other peoples in East Asia.

Age is highly respected in Central Tai society. Type of occupation, wealth, and place and type of residence follow age in terms of respect and rank. Farmers rank below artisans, merchants, and city government officials; clergy form a separate group. Families are the core of Thai society. In rural areas, the immediate family usually lives, eats, and farms together. A young married couple may live with the bride's family until they can establish their own home.


What Are Their Beliefs?

Theravada Buddhism was introduced in Thailand in 329 B.C. Almost all of the Thai are devout followers of Gautama Buddha and seek to eliminate suffering and improve their future by gaining merit in pursuit of perfect peace, or nirvana. They believe that merit can be acquired through feeding monks, donating to temples, and attending worship services.


What Are Their Needs?

Wherever they live, the Central Thai commonly believe that "to be Thai is to be Buddhist." That attitude has kept them from considering and accepting the abundant life that only Jesus Christ offers humanity.


Prayer Points

Pray for a "Book of Acts" type of movement to Christ among the Central Thai people in Europe.
Pray for the Holy Spirit to give the Central Thai people in Macau teachable and understanding hearts.
Pray that a strong movement of the Holy Spirit will bring entire Central Thai families into a rich experience of God's blessing.
Pray for teams of believers to do sustained, focused prayer for the Lord to open the hearts of Central Thai family leaders to experience God's blessing through a movement of family-based discovery Bible studies.


Scripture Prayers for the Thai in China, Macau.


References

https://joshuaproject.net/people_groups/11277/TH
https://macaudailytimes.com.mo/thai-festival-kicks-off-tomorrow.html
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fG4zqwxSkcw


Profile Source:   Keith Carey  

People Name General Thai
People Name in Country Thai
Pronunciation tye
Alternate Names Bangkok Thai; Central Tai; Khon Tai; Lao Song; Siamese; Siamese Thai; Tai Noi; Thai Khom; Thai Klang; Thai Song
Population this Country 900
Population all Countries 24,271,000
Total Countries 29
Indigenous No
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group No
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
People ID 11277
ROP3 Code 101940
ROP25 Code 308102
ROP25 Name Thai

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Primary Religion: Buddhism
Religion Subdivision: Theravada
Major Religion Percent
Buddhism
94.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.50 %)
1.70 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
0.00 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
4.30 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
Primary Language Thai (900 speakers)
Language Code tha   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 1
Primary Language Thai (900 speakers)
Language Code tha   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Thai

Primary Language:  Thai

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1834-1967)
Bible-New Testament Yes  (1843-1977)
Bible-Complete Yes  (1883-2020)
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Film / Video God's Story video God's Story
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Thai Jesus Film Project
Film / Video Love letter to you from scripture Father's Love Letter
Film / Video LUMO film of Gospels Bible Media Group/LUMO
Film / Video Magdalena video Jesus Film Project
Film / Video My Last Day video, anime Jesus Film Project
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Film / Video Story of Jesus for Children Jesus Film Project
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General Bible for Children Bible for Children
General Biblical answers to your questions Got Questions Ministry
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General Walk with the Prophets and meet the Messiah Al Massira
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General Zume Resources Zume Project
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