Khlor in Laos

The Khlor have only been reported in Laos
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Introduction / History

A 1981 study listed 6,000 speakers of the Khlor ethnic group in Laos. They inhabit areas within the Laongam District and possibly the Khongxedon District of Saravan Province in southern Laos. Most Khlor live in ethnically-mixed villages with families from other tribes.

The Khlor have possibly been officially included as part of the Ngae ethnic group in the 1995 Lao census. The Khlor language does appear to be closely related to, or a dialect of Ngae, but the two groups maintain a different ethnicity and have different cultural practices.

The Khlor have gradually lost their culture over the course of the past century. They have not practiced their traditional dances or used their ancient swords and shields for about 50 years.

Shamans are still used today by the Khlor to mediate between the community and the spirits in time of great need. In the past the influence of shamans was far greater, but today they still have a lot of respect in the eyes of the Khlor people.

Author Grant Evans explains that even politicians in Laos are afraid of the influence shamans, or spirit mediums, have over people... "Female nang tiam, and male moh cham, through their possession of spirits (sometimes from the historical past), represented uncontrollable forces within a political structure aiming at total social control. Mediums, of course, act as conduits for the social and cultural concerns of the people around them and therefore, through the words of the spirits, can express dissatisfaction and discontent. There were obviously fears that the spirit of dead kings or recently dead RLG [Royal Lao Government] politicians could come to life in these ceremonies to, for example, predict the coming demise of the regime."

To placate their fears, Communist officials have tried to stamp out spirit worship among many of the groups in Laos. Khlor shamans once presided over the annual buffalo sacrifice ceremony, which was the focal point of the year to the Khlor. This too appears to have been discontinued.

There are a small number of Christian believers among the Khlor, the fruit of pre-1975 missions work by OMF.


Prayer Points

* Scripture Prayers for the Khlor in Laos.

* Pray that the Kingdom of God would come in its full power among the Khlor people of southern Laos.
* Ask God to bless and strengthen the few known Khlor believers.
* Pray they will follow Christ rather than worshiping spirits and sacrificing animals to them.


Profile Source:   Peoples of Laos, Asia Harvest  Copyrighted ©   Used with permission  

People Name General Khlor
People Name in Country Khlor
World Population 8,900
Total Countries 1
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group No
GSEC 1  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
Alternate Names Hrlak; Kriang; Lor; Ngeh; Ngeq; Nkrian; Nkriang
People ID 13955
ROP3 Code 107361
Country Laos
Region Asia, Southeast
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 20  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Location in Country Saravan province, Laongam and possibly Khongxedon districts   Source:  Faces of the Unreached in Laos, 1999
Country Laos
Region Asia, Southeast
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 20  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Location in Country Saravan province, Laongam and possibly Khongxedon districts.   Source:  Faces of the Unreached in Laos, 1999
Primary Language Kriang (8,900 speakers)
Language Code ngt   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 1
Primary Language Kriang (8,900 speakers)
Language Code ngt   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Kriang

Primary Language:  Kriang

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (2019)
Bible-New Testament No
Bible-Complete No
Possible Print Bibles
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Forum Bible Agencies
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Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (GRN)
Primary Religion: Ethnic Religions
Major Religion Percent
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.40 %)
0.50 %
Ethnic Religions
99.50 %
Hinduism
0.00 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
Christian Segments Percent
Anglican
Unknown
Independent
Unknown
Orthodox
Unknown
Other Christian
Unknown
Protestant
Unknown
Roman Catholic
Unknown
Photo Source Copyrighted © 2020  Asia Harvest  All rights reserved.  Used with permission
Map Source Bethany World Prayer Center  
Profile Source Peoples of Laos, Asia Harvest  Copyrighted ©   Used with permission  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more

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