Pong in Laos

The Pong have only been reported in Laos
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Introduction / History

Culturally and linguistically, the Kniang Pong of Laos seem to be closely related to the official Xinh Mun minority group in Vietnam, and the Puoc of Laos and Vietnam.
The Kniang Pong are not the same as the larger Pong ethnic group, some members of which also live in Houaphan Province. The Kniang Pong speak a language related to Khmu, while the Pong speak a Viet-Muong language. A high percentage of Kniang Pong are educated and able to read.
Kniang Pong people live in northern Laos near the Neun River in the Viangthong and Houamuang districts of Houaphan Province. The main center for the Kniang Pong is around the town of Hua Mong. Speakers of the same language as the Kniang Pong may live in northern Vietnam.


What Are Their Lives Like?

After two young Pong people are married, they move into the home of the bride's family. They stay there for several years until the couple has children at which time they are allowed to move into their own home. If the couple do not produce a son, however, they must remain permanently in the home of the bride.
Pong women give birth in a squatting position beside the fireplace in their homes. The umbilical cord is placed in a bamboo container and hung on the branch of a large tree in the forest. They believe that when the person dies, they will need to show their umbilical cord to the spirits to identify themselves.
When a Pong dies, a boy from the family of the deceased throws three stones on to the ancestral altar. They believe this symbolizes the anger the 'spirit of the house' has at having lost one of its occupants. The body is left in the house for up to a week before it is buried. In the warmer months the stench from the corpse becomes unbearable and the burial is conducted sooner. The body is covered with fragrant leaves before being put into the coffin. They put money in the mouth of the corpse and tie the person's thumbs and big toes together.


What Are Their Beliefs?

Almost all Pong in Laos are animists.


What Are Their Needs?

Few have ever heard of Jesus Christ. Their remote geographical location and small, close-knit communities have ensured their complete isolation from the gospel.


Prayer Points

Ask God to send dedicated laborers to specifically focus on the Pong.
Pray the Pong would not be left without a witness but would become a jewel in the crown of Christ.
Pray they will follow Christ when they experience his love and grace.
Pray for a movement to Christ among the Pong people.


Scripture Prayers for the Pong in Laos.


Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

People Name General Pong
People Name in Country Pong
Alternate Names Khaniang; Khmuic Pong; Kniang; Lao Phong; Phong-Kniang; Pong Kniang
Population this Country 33,000
Population all Countries 33,000
Total Countries 1
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
People ID 14442
ROP3 Code 108116
ROP25 Code 306787
ROP25 Name Pong
Country Laos
Region Asia, Southeast
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 21  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Location in Country Houaphan province, Viangthong and Houamuang districts   Source:  Faces of the Unreached in Laos, 1999
Country Laos
Region Asia, Southeast
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 21  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Location in Country Houaphan province, Viangthong and Houamuang districts.   Source:  Faces of the Unreached in Laos, 1999
Primary Religion: Ethnic Religions
Major Religion Percent
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.02 %)
0.02 %
Ethnic Religions
99.99 %
Hinduism
0.00 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
Primary Language Phong-Kniang (33,000 speakers)
Language Code pnx   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Unknown
Total Languages 1
Primary Language Phong-Kniang (33,000 speakers)
Language Code pnx   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Phong-Kniang

Primary Language:  Phong-Kniang

Bible Translation Status:  Translation Started

Resource Type Resource Name Source
None reported  
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Map Source Joshua Project / Global Mapping International  
Profile Source Joshua Project 
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