Tai Nua in Laos


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Introduction / History

The Tai Nua in Laos migrated from China about 200 years ago. At that time they were assimilated with the Lao and Lu peoples. Today, their culture is only distinct in Phongali Province in Laos. They seem to be blending in with similar people groups elsewhere. To make matters more confusing, there is a larger people group by the same name in China, Vietnam and Thailand.


Where Are they Located?

This people group lives mainly in the Phongali Province of Laos. They might also live in four other provinces as well.


What Are Their Lives Like?

Each Tai Nua clan has their own totem which gives them a separate identity. These totems are based on a different sacred bird. Everyone must marry outside their clan, and even their village. Today some of them can marry people from similar people groups. Those with wealth and prestige could marry more than one wife, but this practice was banned by the Laotian government in 1985.


What Are Their Beliefs?

Although they are nominally Theravada Buddhists, the Tai Nua have many aspects of animism and polytheism mixed into their beliefs. They worship a number of protective spirits both on an individual and a family basis.


What Are Their Needs?

The Tai Nua people need to come in contact with people who live out the victorious Christian life and show others how to do the same.


Prayer Points

* Scripture Prayers for the Tai Nua, Chinese Shan in Laos.

* Pray for His kingdom to come and His will to be done among the Tai Nua people in Laos.
* Pray for a movement of Tai Nua households to study the Bible and accept the blessings of Christ.
* Pray for a spiritual hunger that will drive the Tai Nua people to the arms of Jesus.
* Pray for workers who are filled with the fruit and the power of the Holy Spirit to go to the Tai Nua people.


References

"Faces of the Unreached in Laos" by Paul Hattaway


Profile Source:   Keith Carey  

People Name General Tai Nua, Chinese Shan
People Name in Country Tai Nua, Chinese Shan
Natural Name Tai Nua
Pronunciation tie NOO-ah
Population this Country 15,000
Population all Countries 723,000
Total Countries 4
Indigenous No
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
GSEC 1  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
Alternate Names Chinese Shan; Dai; Dai Kong; Dai Le; Dai Loe; Dai Mao; Dai Mo; Dai Na; Dai Nue; Dai Nuea; Dehong; Dungan; Eastern Shan; Hakka; Han Chinese; Han-Paiyi; Kang; Kong; Loe; Mandarin; Mao Shan; Maw; Northern Shan; Nua; Paiyi; Shan Tayok; Tai Che; Tai Khe; Tai Kong; Tai Le; Tai Loe; Tai Neua; Tai Nua; Tai Nue; Tai Nuea; Tai Yai; Yunnanese
People ID 15193
ROP3 Code 109720
Country Laos
Region Asia, Southeast
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 22  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Location in Country Bolikhamxai, Houaphan, Viangchan, Xaisomboun, and Xiangkhoang provinces.   Source:  Ethnologue 2016
Country Laos
Region Asia, Southeast
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 22  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Location in Country Bolikhamxai, Houaphan, Viangchan, Xaisomboun, and Xiangkhoang provinces..   Source:  Ethnologue 2016

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Primary Language Tai Nua (15,000 speakers)
Language Code tdd   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 1
Primary Language Tai Nua (15,000 speakers)
Language Code tdd   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Tai Nua

Primary Language:  Tai Nua

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1931-1948)
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)
Text / Printed Matter World Missionary Press Booklets
Primary Religion: Buddhism
Major Religion Percent
Buddhism
85.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.00 %
Ethnic Religions
15.00 %
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 Arian Zwegers - Wikimedia  Creative Commons  Used with permission
Profile Source Keith Carey  
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