Tamoy in Laos

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People Name: Tamoy
Country: Laos
10/40 Window: Yes
Population: 700
World Population: 700
Primary Language: Khmu
Primary Religion: Ethnic Religions
Christian Adherents: 0.00 %
Evangelicals: 0.00 %
Scripture: Portions
Online Audio NT: No
Jesus Film: Yes
Audio Recordings: Yes
People Cluster: Mon-Khmer
Affinity Bloc: Southeast Asian Peoples
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Introduction / History

The Tamoy speak a Mon-Khmer language. Although it has yet to be studied at depth, it may be related to Khmu and Lamet.

A small number of ethnic Tamoy people live in a few villages within the Viangphoukha District in Laos' Luang Namtha Province. Most sources have never listed the Tamoy people in Laos, even though they are known as a distinct ethnicity by themselves and their neighbors.

What Are Their Lives Like?

There are very few Tamoy people in Laos today.

What Are Their Beliefs?

The Tamoy, along with almost every other Mon-Khmer group in Laos, are animists. Theravada Buddhism has also influenced them, although you won't find temples or Buddhist altars in Tamoy villages.

The Tamoy are an unreached people group with no known Christians. Although Protestant missionaries first encountered Mon-Khmer groups in this part of Laos in the 1890s, there is no record of the Tamoy ever having been specifically focused on with the gospel. This is tragic for the Tamoy, as history shows how Mon-Khmer groups often prove highly receptive to Christianity.

What Are Their Needs?

The Tamoy people need to hear and embrace that Jesus Christ has power over the entire spirit world, and he wants what is best for us.

Prayer Points

Pray for loving workers from nearby tribes to go to the Tamoy people.

Pray the Tamoy would put their trust in Christ and be liberated from the fear of spirit worship.

Pray the Holy Spirit would prompt the Tamoy to search for the truth.

Ask the Lord to make the Tamoy known for their Christlikeness and dedication to God.

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