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So Tri in Laos

So Tri

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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
11,000 Bru, Eastern Ethnic Religions 0.10 % 0.05 %   

So Tri in Laos

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Introduction / History
The 1995 Lao census listed a population of 20,906 Tri people in Laos. The So Tri language is very closely related to So and Bru, so close, in fact, that many linguistic lists do not mention this group.

From an ethnological point of view, however, the So Tri possess a distinct self-identity and ethnicity from the So and the Bru. The fact that the Lao government listed the So Tri separately in the census is significant, as the authorities only acknowledge approximately 60 minority groups throughout the entire nation.

The So Tri live in the south-central part of Khammouan Province in central Laos. They are geographically in the center of the So and Bru people. There seems little doubt that all three groups were once part of the same tribe. Over the centuries, as they split and migrated to different locations, each group developed its own identity, customs and dialect.

Only about one-quarter of So Tri are literate. Most people have never attended school, even at primary level.

Most So Tri are rice farmers. They have borrowed their agricultural techniques from the Lao. Others, living in the mountains, continue to be "slash and burn" communities. They clear land in the forests by burning it off and clearing boulders and trees, and live there for several years. When the nutrients in the soil have been used up, they abandon their village and move to another location, where the same process is repeated again. This custom leaves the ground barren and provides poor harvests.

The So Tri do not wear any traditional clothing any more. In the past So Tri women wore colorful scarves and distinctive dresses, but today they wear the same clothing as the Lao. Other customs such as their long-houses, festivals and religious ceremonies are also in the process of being lost.

Most So Tri are animists, but Theravada Buddhism is growing in prominence because of influence from the Lao and Phutai.

Little is known of the state of Christianity among this group. There may be a few believers, but the majority of So Tri are Unevangelized and have no contact with Christians.

Prayer Points
* There are no known Christians among the So Tri. Pray a strong church would soon emerge in their midst.
* Pray for believers to come into contact with the So Tri.
* Interceed for the unreached So Tri. Ask God to make them a jewel in His crown.

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Country: Laos
Continent: Asia
Region: Asia, Southeast
Persecution Rank:19 (Only top 50 ranked, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
10/40 Window: Yes
Location in Country:Khammouan province, Xaibouathong district
(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: So Tri
People Name General: So Tri
Alternate People Names:
So TriiTri
ROP3 Code: 109366
Joshua Project People ID: 14967
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 11,000
Population all Countries: 11,000
Least-Reached: Yes
Affinity Bloc: Southeast Asian Peoples
People Cluster: Mon-Khmer
People Name General: So Tri
Ethnic Code: AUG03z
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
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Primary Language: Bru, Eastern (11,000 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): bru    Ethnologue Listing
Primary Dialect:Tri
Dialect Code:8378
Total Languages: 1
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Ethnic Religions
Major Religions:
Buddhism0.00 % 
Christianity0.10 %(Evangelical: 0.05 %)
Ethnic Religions99.90 % 
Hinduism0.00 % 
Islam0.00 % 
Non-Religious0.00 % 
Other / Small0.00 % 
Unknown0.00 % 
Christianity Segments:
Anglican0.00 %
Independent10.00 %
Protestant50.00 %
Orthodox0.00 %
Other Christian0.00 %
Roman Catholic40.00 %
(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: 1968
New Testament:
Complete Bible: 2014
Possible Bible Sources: Forum of Bible Agencies
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Ministry Resources [7]
Audio RecordingsMegaVoice Audio Bible and Stories
Audio RecordingsAudio Bible teaching (GRN)
Audio RecordingsOnline New Testament (FCBH)
Film / VideoJesus Film: view in Bru, Eastern
Text / Printed MatterBible: Bru Bible (Eastern)
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So Tri in Laos

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People Cluster
    Mon-Khmer     Asia, Southeast    
      So Tri Laos    
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      Ethnic Religions     Bru, Eastern  
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