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Tai Khun in Laos

Tai Khun

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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
800 Khun Buddhism 4.00 % 2.00 % No No   

Tai Khun in Laos

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Introduction / History
The Khun people themselves are said to have a 'deep and strongly rooted culture of self-determination. Their homeland has been their center of civilization for many centuries.' Kengtung City has been the main center of habitation for the Khun since a son of the Lanna King Mengrai founded the Kingdom of Kengtung in the 12th century. The ancestors of the Khun in Thailand were war captives brought from Myanmar in the early 1800s.

Part of the reason for this confusion is that the Tai-speaking groups in the Kengtung valley area in Myanmar's Shan State—where the Khun live—seem to be ethnically, culturally and linguistically interrelated. It is said that the Khun River, which flows through their homeland, lent its name to the Khun people. They are distinguished from the other Tai groups in Shan State by 'slight differences in dialect, physiognomy and the dresses of their womenfolk. The Khun are taller and fairer, and their noses are not so flat.' The Khun should not be confused with the Khouen, Khuen or Tai Khouen people of Laos and Thailand, who speak a Mon-Khmer language.

Where are they located?
Approximately 120,000 Khun people live in north-east Myanmar and areas of northern Thailand. A smaller number live in Laos.

What are their lives like?
Like other tribal peoples in Laos, the Tai Khun do not have access to things that people in cities take for granted like reliable electricity and clean water. They spend much of their time trying to make sure they have enough food.

What are their beliefs?
Although the large majority of Tai Khun people are Theravada Buddhists, their religious worldview includes strong elements of spirit and ancestor worship. The most important spirit is the spirit of the land, which has to be propitiated daily with food and beverage, at the spirit house found in almost every Khun compound. The Khun honor ancestral spirits. On the full moon in June, Khun villagers worship their ancestors with offerings of boiled pork meat, chicken, fruit, rice and flowers at a special altar inside their houses.

What are their needs?
Their most critical need is to understand the truth of the loving God who has made provision for them to be His children and has paid the full payment of the penalty for their sins. Who will pay the price to tell them?

Prayer Points
* Pray for his kingdom to come and his will to be done among the Tai Khun people.
* Pray for a movement of Tai Khun households to study the Bible and accept the blessings of Christ.
* Pray for a spiritual hunger that will drive the Tai Khun 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 Khun people.
* Pray for completion of Bible translation in this people group's primary language.
* Pray for the availability of the Jesus Film in the primary language of this people.

References
https://joshuaproject.net/people_groups/12111/TH
https://joshuaproject.net/people_groups/12111/BM
http://www.globalprayerdigest.org/issue/day/2012/06/06
http://www.globalprayerdigest.org/issue/day/2008/06/02

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Country: Laos
Continent: Asia
Region: Asia, Southeast
Persecution Rank:20 (Only top 50 ranked, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
10/40 Window: Yes
Location in Country:Louangphabang province: sacred temple area.
(Source: Ethnologue 2018)
   
 
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  Peoples [3]
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People Name in Country: Tai Khun
People Name General: Tai Khun
Alternate People Names:
Gon ShanHkun
KhoenKhouen
KhuenKhun Shan
KweenTai Khoen
ROP3 Code: 103841
Joshua Project People ID: 12111
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 800
Population all Countries: 138,000
Least-Reached: Yes
   
 
Affinity Bloc: Southeast Asian Peoples
People Cluster: Tai
People Name General: Tai Khun
Ethnic Code: MSY49z
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Language
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Primary Language: Khun (800 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): kkh    Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages: 1
   
 
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Buddhism
Major Religions:
Buddhism96.00 % 
Christianity4.00 %(Evangelical: 2.00 %)
Ethnic Religions0.00 % 
Hinduism0.00 % 
Islam0.00 % 
Non-Religious0.00 % 
Other / Small0.00 % 
Unknown0.00 % 
Christianity Segments:
Anglican0.00 %
Independent0.00 %
Protestant0.00 %
Orthodox0.00 %
Other Christian0.00 %
Roman Catholic0.00 %
 
(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: 1938
New Testament: None Reported
Complete Bible: None Reported
Possible Bible Sources: Forum of Bible Agencies
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 World Christian Resource Directory
 Gospel Go
 
 
Ministry Resources [7]
Audio RecordingsMegaVoice Audio Bible and Stories
Audio RecordingsAudio Bible teaching (GRN)
 
 
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Tai Khun in Laos

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