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Giay in Laos


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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
7,500 Bouyei Ethnic Religions 0.00 % 0.00 %   

Giay in Laos

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Introduction / History
More than 5,000 Giay (pronounced 'Zay') live in 17 villages of northern Laos. There is a great deal of confusion regarding the existence of the Giay in Laos. Some sources do not list the Giay, while others list the Nung, who are a large group in northern Vietnam. The Nung are not in Laos. The confusion is probably due to the fact that the Giay are commonly called Nhang in Vietnam, where they number more than 40,000. The majority of Giay live in southern China, where approximately 300,000 make up one of the subgroups of China's massive Zhuang nationality. A few Giay are known to have migrated to France and southern California as refugees.

In northern Laos the Giay are scattered throughout three provinces. Nine Giay villages are located in Phongsali Province, six in Oudomxai and two in Luang Namtha Province. In many places the Giay live alongside the Lu, Tai Deng and Tai Dam. Because of contact with these groups many Giay also have some understanding of their languages.

The Giay have reportedly lived in Laos about 200 years. They migrated from China, fleeing into Southeast Asia to escape persecution and harassment.

Giay wives must obey their husbands, unmarried women must obey their fathers, and widows must obey their sons. Giay women prefer to give birth in a squatting position in a room where an altar has been erected to ensure the spirits oversee a favorable birth. The placenta is later buried beneath the woman's bed.

Each Giay village has a 'forbidden forest' where the biggest tree is considered sacred. Twice a year worship of the spirit of the village is celebrated at the foot of the tree. The Giay believe the universe is comprised of three separate levels. The upper level is the abode of spirits and the souls of the deceased. The middle strata contains humans, animals and this world, while the lowest level is situated under the earth.

Few Giay have heard that Jesus Christ died for them. They are trapped in superstition and fear of evil spirits. There are no strong Christian communities near the Giay in Laos.

Prayer Points
Pray for a spiritual breakthrough to occur soon among the forgotten Giay people of Laos.
Ask God to raise up intercessors and churches focused on the Giay.
Pray the Holy Spirit would direct Christians in Laos to focus on the Giay and plant churches in their midst.
* Pray for completion of Bible translation in this people group's primary language.

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Country: Laos
Continent: Asia
Region: Asia, Southeast
Persecution Rank:26 (Only top 50 ranked, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
10/40 Window: Yes
Location in Country:Phongsali, Oudomxai, and Luang Namtha provinces. 17 villages.
(Source: Faces of the Unreached in Laos, 1999)
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Linguistic Map:Ethnologue language map
  Peoples [3]
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People Name in Country: Giay
People Name General: Giay
Alternate People Names:
Chi ChuChungcha
Pau ThinPu Nam
Sa NhanXa Chung Cha
ROP3 Code: 107305
Joshua Project People ID: 13385
Indigenous: No
Population in Country: 7,500
Population all Countries: 76,000
Least-Reached: Yes
Engagement Status:Unengaged (per Finishing the Task)
Affinity Bloc: Southeast Asian Peoples
People Cluster: Bouyei
People Name General: Giay
Ethnic Code: MSY49z
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
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Primary Language: Bouyei (7,500 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): pcc    Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages: 1
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Ethnic Religions
Major Religions:
Buddhism0.00 % 
Christianity0.00 %(Evangelical: 0.00 %)
Ethnic Religions100.00 % 
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
Engagement Status:Unengaged (per Finishing the Task)
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: 1904-2021
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
Audio RecordingsOnline New Testament
Audio RecordingsStory of Jesus audio
Film / VideoJesus Film: view in Bouyei
Film / VideoLUMO film of Gospels
Film / VideoMy Last Day video, anime
Film / VideoThe Story of Xiao Nong
Film / VideoThe Story of Xiao Nong
GeneralBible for Children
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Text / Printed MatterBible: Bouyei
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Giay in Laos

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    Bouyei     Asia, Southeast    
      Giay Laos    
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