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Katu, Eastern in Vietnam

Katu, Eastern

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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
75,000 Katu, Eastern Ethnic Religions 1.00 % 0.59 % No No   

Katu, Eastern in Vietnam

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Introduction / History
More than 17,000 Katu people inhabit 40 villages in Laos along the Upper Xekong River and along the watershed of the Songboung River basin near the Vietnam border. In Laos the Katu inhabit areas within Xekong, Saravan, and Champasak provinces. It is very difficult to access many Katu villages because of the lack of roads in the area. The Katu live in long rectangular houses in the forests. Each Katu home contains between two to eight families. Their villages are often shared with the Alak, Ngae, Ta Oi and Talieng. About 30,000 Katu live in Vietnam, where they are officially part of the Bru-Van Kieu minority group.

The Katu in Laos are often mistaken with the Kantu and Kado people groups, who are sometimes also referred to as Katu. All three groups are distinct ethno-linguistic identities.

Katu women traditionally tattooed their faces, but this custom has been dying out in recent decades. The Katu tend towards monogamous families, but rich men and village leaders are allowed to have two or more wives.

The Katu are known throughout Laos for their annual buffalo-sacrifice ceremony. Buffaloes are killed as an offering to the spirits, and to call on them to protect and bless their communities. One visitor recounted the sacrificial ceremony: "During the ceremony, the men of the village don wooden masks, hoist spears and wooden shields, and dance around the buffaloes in the center of the circle formed by their houses. After a prescribed period of dancing, the men converge on the buffaloes and spear them to death. The meat is divided among the villagers and each household places a piece in a basket on a pole in front of their house as a spirit offering."

Shamans (spirit priests) are also active among the Katu. They must be paid with chickens or silver for their services. Weddings are very costly for the groom and his family. They are required to pay a dowry worth the equivalent of 15 buffaloes. If they are unable to pay, the groom must live with his wife's family after marriage and work the debt off.

Although the New Testament has been translated for the Katu in Vietnam, where there is a larger number of believers, only a handful of Katu in Laos are known to profess Christianity.

Prayer Points
Pray for a clear presentation of the gospel message.
Ask God to send Katu believers in Vietnam to their lost relatives in Laos.
Pray a strong evangelizing church would soon emerge among the demon-fearing Katu of Laos.
* Pray for the availability of the Jesus Film in the primary language of this people.

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Country: Vietnam
Continent: Asia
Region: Asia, Southeast
Persecution Rank:25 (Only top 50 ranked, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
10/40 Window: Yes
Location in Country:Quang Nam, Thua Thien-Hue, and Da Nang provinces.
(Source: Ethnologue 2016)
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People Name in Country: Katu, Eastern
People Name General: Katu, Eastern
Alternate People Names:
AttouatCa Tu
Co TuCo-Tu
Ta RiverTeu
ThapVan Kieu
ROP3 Code: 104746
Joshua Project People ID: 12573
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 75,000
Population all Countries: 75,000
Least-Reached: Yes
Affinity Bloc: Southeast Asian Peoples
People Cluster: Mon-Khmer
People Name General: Katu, Eastern
Ethnic Code: AUG03z
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
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Primary Language: Katu, Eastern
Language Code (ISO): ktv    Ethnologue Listing
Secondary Languages:
Phuong (Unknown)
Total Languages: 2
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Ethnic Religions
Major Religions:
Buddhism0.00 % 
Christianity1.00 %(Evangelical: 0.59 %)
Ethnic Religions99.00 % 
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
GSEC Status:Level 1   Less than 2% Evangelical. Some evangelical resources available, but no active church planting within past 2 years
Bible Translation Status
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Bible Portions: 1969
New Testament:
Complete Bible: None Reported
Possible Bible Sources: Forum of Bible Agencies
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Audio RecordingsMegaVoice Audio Bible and Stories
Audio RecordingsAudio Bible teaching
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Katu, Eastern in Vietnam

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