Hung in Vietnam


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Introduction / History

The name Pong is the self-name of this group, but they are not the same group or language as the 21,000-strong Pong of Xiangkhoang, so we have used their alternate name Hung to avoid confusion. The Hung language may be the same as, or a closely related dialect to the Tum language in Laos. It is possible the Hung were officially counted as part of the Tum ethnic group (2,510 people) in the 1995 census.

Both Hung and Tum are part of the Viet-Muong branch of Mon-Khmer. The Mon-Khmer language family is a broad classification of languages that range from China to the Nicobar Islands and India. You can find many Mon-Khmer speakers in China, Myanmar, Thailand, Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia with some in Malaysia.

More than half of the ethnic groups in Laos speak Mon-Khmer languages. In the southern arm of the country communication between the various Mon-Khmer speaking tribes is possible, but in the north mutually intelligibility appears more difficult.

According to the 1981 Language Atlas of the Pacific Area, the Hung language is spoken by people along the Vietnam border near Laos.


What Are Their Lives Like?

Until recently, many of the tribes in southern Laos practiced teeth-breaking.


What Are Their Beliefs?

The Hung people are animistic. They worship their ancestors on several special occasions throughout the year. They also serve spirits that can only harm them. They don’t know about the sovereign Lord who can protect them from the spirits.


What Are Their Needs?

The area of Laos inhabited by the Hung is remote and unevangelized. There are no Christians among this small group.


Prayer Points

Pray for the gospel to spread to every tribe in the Hung homeland.

Pray for more information to become available about the Hung people.

Pray for a movement to Christ among the Hung people of Vietnam this decade.

Pray for receptive hearts when they hear about the powerful Savior.


Scripture Prayers for the Hung in Vietnam.


References

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Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

People Name General Hung
People Name in Country Hung
Population this Country 900
Population all Countries 4,700
Total Countries 2
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group No
GSEC 4  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
Alternate Names Cuoi; Hung Tum; Thổ
People ID 12153
ROP3 Code 103916
Country Vietnam
Region Asia, Southeast
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 19  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Location in Country Nghe An province, Tuong Duong district, Tam Thai commune, Pong; Con Cuong district, Mon Son and Luc Da communes, Dan Lai and Ly Ha.   Source:  Ethnologue 2016
Country Vietnam
Region Asia, Southeast
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 19  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Location in Country Nghe An province, Tuong Duong district, Tam Thai commune, Pong; Con Cuong district, Mon Son and Luc Da communes, Dan Lai and Ly Ha..   Source:  Ethnologue 2016

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Primary Language Hung (900 speakers)
Language Code hnu   Ethnologue Listing
Primary Dialect Toum
Dialect Code 10730   Global Recordings Listing
Language Written Unknown
Total Languages 1
Primary Language Hung (900 speakers)
Language Code hnu   Ethnologue Listing
Primary Dialect Toum
Dialect Code 10730   Global Recordings Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Hung

Primary Language:  Hung

Bible Translation Status:  Unspecified

Resource Type Resource Name
None reported  
Primary Religion: Ethnic Religions
Major Religion Percent
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
2.00 %
Ethnic Religions
95.00 %
Hinduism
0.00 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
3.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
Christian Segments Percent
Anglican
0.0 %
Independent
15.0 %
Orthodox
0.0 %
Other Christian
0.0 %
Protestant
15.0 %
Roman Catholic
70.0 %
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