Tai Laing in Myanmar (Burma)

Tai Laing
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People Name: Tai Laing
Country: Myanmar (Burma)
10/40 Window: Yes
Population: 116,000
World Population: 116,000
Primary Language: Tai Laing
Primary Religion: Buddhism
Christian Adherents: 0.03 %
Evangelicals: 0.03 %
Scripture: Translation Needed
Online Audio NT: No
Jesus Film: No
Audio Recordings: No
People Cluster: Tai
Affinity Bloc: Southeast Asian Peoples
Progress Level:

Introduction / History

Tai Laing is more of a language than a people group. This language is spoken by more than 100,000 people in Myanmar.

Where Are they Located?

The Tai Laing people live only in Myanmar.

What Are Their Lives Like?

Like other people groups in this region, Tai Laing speakers earn a meager living by farming rice and vegetables. Their meat supply comes from their livestock and by fishing.

What Are Their Beliefs?

The Tai Laing speakers are mostly Buddhist. They go to Buddhist temples and make offerings to gain spiritual merit. Like the other peoples in this region, they also serve various spirits that demand offerings and sacrifices.

What Are Their Needs?

The Tai Laing speakers need to replace their unhealthy fear of wicked spirits with a healthy fear of the God who created them.

Prayer Points

Pray for spiritual openness among the Tai Laing people of Myanmar.
Pray for dreams and visions for Tai Laing leaders that will give them the willingness to encourage believers to reach their tribe.
Pray for the Tai Laing people to have the chance to hear the gospel in a culturally appropriate way.
Pray for a disciple making movement among this people group to transform their communities in Myanmar.

Text Source:   Keith Carey