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Alu in Vietnam

Alu

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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
3,800 Nisu, Eastern Ethnic Religions 0.19 % 0.00 % Not available Not available   

Alu in Vietnam

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Introduction / History
Because of their extreme geographic isolation, the Alu are not well known. They have little contact with the outside world. During China's Tang and Song dynasties (581-1276), the various Yi groups in southern China were known by the Chinese as the "Seven tribes of Wuman." They were part of a much larger Tibeto-Burman group. According to Chinese records, the Wuman started to migrate southward into Yunnan during the second century BC and gradually splintered into the numerous different tribes and clans that make up the Yi nationality today. One of these tribes is the Alu. Some fanned out into various parts of Southeast Asia including Vietnam.

Where are they located?
The Alu people live in China, Laos and Vietnam.

What are their lives like?
Most Alu families live in packed-dirt homes with flat roofs. They use the flat roofs as a place to dry grain. Alu homes usually have three large rooms. The central room is used as a living room, dining room, and an animistic worship center. The other two rooms serve as a kitchen and a bedroom. In some areas, the Alu slap water buffalo manure on the sides of their homes and leave it to dry in the sun. The dried manure is later used for fuel and also for insulation from the weather in the winter.

Among other things, the Alu are known for their homebrewed whiskey. During special occasions and festivals it is common to see the entire Alu community, including small children, completely drunk. Alcoholism has a strong hold on the Alu and contributes to a short life expectancy among them.

What are their beliefs?
The Alu are animists and polytheists and, as a result, feel the need to appease many gods and ward off many forms of evil. On the first day of the year they sacrifice two chickens at every path of entrance into a village. They pray to a dragon spirit, asking it to not allow demons to enter the village in the coming year. The Alu are a totally unreached people group.

What are their needs?
The JESUS Film is still not available to this people group that needs to hear about the ways of Jesus in their own language.

Prayer Points
* Pray for the JESUS Film to soon be dubbed into the language of the Alu people, and distributed to them wherever they live.
* Pray for the Alu people to have open hearts to the Risen Savior.
* Pray for a disciple making movement to spread to all Alu communities in Vietnam, China, Laos, and Myanmar.
* Pray for translation of the Bible to begin in this people group's primary language.
* Pray for the availability of the Jesus Film in the primary language of this people.

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Country: Vietnam
Continent: Asia
Region: Southeast Asia
Persecution Rank:17 (Only top 50 ranked, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
10/40 Window: Yes
   
 
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People Name in Country: Alu
People Name General: Alu
Alternate People Names:
ILô Lô
LoloYi
ROP3 Code: 114830
Joshua Project People ID: 18886
Indigenous: No
Population in Country: 3,800
Population all Countries: 15,000
Least-Reached: Yes
   
 
Affinity Bloc: Tibetan-Himalayan Peoples
People Cluster: Tibeto-Burman, other
People Name General: Alu
Ethnic Code: MSY50i
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Language
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Primary Language: Nisu, Eastern (3,800 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): nos    Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages: 1
   
 
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Ethnic Religions
Major Religions:
Buddhism0.00 % 
Christianity0.19 %(Evangelical: 0.00 %)
Ethnic Religions99.81 % 
Hinduism0.00 % 
Islam0.00 % 
Non-Religious0.00 % 
Other / Small0.00 % 
Unknown0.00 % 
Christianity Segments:
Anglican0.00 %
Independent5.00 %
Protestant15.00 %
Orthodox0.00 %
Other Christian0.00 %
Roman Catholic80.00 %
 
(Evangelicals distributed across Christianity segments)
   
 
Progress Indicators [5]
Progress Scale[6]   Few evangelicals and few who claim to be Christians. Little, if any, history of Christianity.
Least-Reached: Yes
 
 
Bible Translation Status
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Bible Portions: Help start a Bible Translation
New Testament: None Reported
Complete Bible: None Reported
 
 
Ministry Resources [7]
Audio RecordingsMegaVoice Audio Bible and Stories
Audio RecordingsAudio Bible teaching (GRN)
 
 
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Alu in Vietnam

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