Ta Oi, Lower in Laos

Ta Oi, Lower
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Map Source:  People Group location: SIL / WLMS. Map geography: ESRI / GMI. Map design: Joshua Project.
People Name: Ta Oi, Lower
Country: Laos
10/40 Window: Yes
Population: 23,000
World Population: 23,000
Primary Language: Ta'oih, Lower
Primary Religion: Ethnic Religions
Christian Adherents: 0.10 %
Evangelicals: 0.10 %
Scripture: Unspecified
Online Audio NT: No
Jesus Film: No
Audio Recordings: Yes
People Cluster: Mon-Khmer
Affinity Bloc: Southeast Asian Peoples
Progress Level:

Introduction / History

The Lower Ta Oi are part of the larger Ta Oi people who live in Vietnam and Laos. The larger Ta Oi people are much better known, and much of what is in this profile will reflect things that are likely to also apply to the subgroup in Laos.

Where Are they Located?

The Lower Ta Oi only live in Laos.

What Are Their Lives Like?

The Ta Oi peoples fish and grow rice for their food supply. Some of them weave to produce clothes and other needed items. They love music, and they have many kinds of instruments; gongs, drums, flutes, trumpets, and panpipes.

What Are Their Beliefs?

The primary religion practiced by the Ta Oi is ethnic religion. Ethnic religion is deeply rooted in a people's ethnic identity and conversion essentially equates to cultural assimilation, or worse, betrayal of one's family and people.

What Are Their Needs?

The Lower Ta Oi people need dependable electricity in their villages and the opportunity to earn a better living. Right now they live at the subsistence level.

Prayer Points

Pray for a "Book of Acts" type of movement to Christ among the Lower Ta Oi people in Laos.
Pray for the Lower Ta Oi people to understand and embrace that Jesus wants to bless their families and neighborhoods.
Pray for Holy Spirit anointed believers from the Lower Ta Oi people to change their society from within.
Pray for a movement in which the Holy Spirit leads and empowers disciples to make more disciples.
Pray for a movement of Jesus to heal and strengthen Lower Ta Oi communities in Laos.

Text Source:   Keith Carey