The Khun people themselves are said to have a 'deep and strongly rooted culture of self-determination. Their homeland has been their center of civilization for many centuries.' Kengtung City has been the main center of habitation for the Khun since a son of the Lanna King Mengrai founded the Kingdom of Kengtung in the 12th century. The ancestors of the Khun in Thailand were war captives brought from Myanmar in the early 1800s.
Myanmar's Shan State—where the Khun live—seem to be ethnically, culturally and linguistically interrelated. It is said that the Khun River, which flows through their homeland, lent its name to the Khun people. They are distinguished from the other Tai groups in Shan State by 'slight differences in dialect, physiognomy and the dresses of their womenfolk.
The Tai Khun are an agricultural people.
Although most Khun people are Theravada Buddhists, their religious worldview includes strong elements of spirit worship and ancestor worship. 'The most important spirit is the spirit of the land, which must be propitiated daily with food and beverage, at the spirit house found in almost every Khun compound. The Khun honor ancestral spirits. On the full moon in June, Khun villagers worship their ancestors with offerings of boiled pork meat, chicken, fruit, rice and flowers at a special altar inside their houses.'
In the past few decades, a significant Christian church has emerged in Myanmar's Shan State. Thousands from ethnic groups such as the Shan, Akha and Lahu have put their trust in Christ. As a result, some Khun have heard the gospel, and about 2,000 are Christians today. In 1997, the Christian mission Asia Harvest supplied New Testaments to the Khun Christians in Myanmar. The Bibles were in the Lu script of 1933, but the Khun were able to read it easily and were deeply appreciative. One Khun pastor said, 'Before now the Buddhist monks mocked us, saying, "If your God is so great, how come his book is not in our language?" Now that we have God's Word in our script, the monks have requested hundreds of copies and are studying the words of Jesus intently. '
Pray for a spiritual awakening among the Tai Khun people that will bless ever family and village.
Pray for a spiritual hunger that will lead many to embrace Christ no matter what the cost.
Pray for Tai Khun disciples who will make more disciples.
Scripture Prayers for the Tai Khun in Myanmar (Burma).
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|Profile Source: Joshua Project
|People Name General
|People Name in Country
|Gon Shan; Hkun; Khoen; Khouen; Khuen; Khun Shan; Kween; Tai Khoen
|Population this Country
|Population all Countries
|Frontier People Group
|1 (per PeopleGroups.org)
|Pioneer Workers Needed
|National Bible Society
|17 (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
|Location in Country
|East Shan State, Kentung valley area. Source: Ethnologue 2016
Primary Language: Khun
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|Possible Print Bibles
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|Audio Bible teaching
|Global Recordings Network
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