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Tai He in Laos

Tai He

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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
4,100 Language unknown Buddhism 0.00 % 0.00 % No No   

Tai He in Laos

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Introduction / History
Approximately 9,000 Tai He live in Borikhamxai Province in central Laos. They are concentrated in the Viangthong and Khamkeut districts, while smaller numbers of Tai He inhabit the Pakkading and Pakxan districts.

Despite the fact the Tai He view themselves as a distinct people group, they have never appeared before in most mission or ethno-linguistic lists from Laos. Laurent Chazee, the French ethnographer, did list them as one of his 119 ethnic groups in Laos.

The Tai He practice a mixture of Buddhism and animism. Since 1975, the Communist authorities have slowly attempted to control Buddhist monks and exert authority over radical elements. Some Buddhist spokesmen have been favored because of their support for the government.

In 1975, outspoken Buddhist monk Maha Khamtan Thepbouali said, "We hold that the country and Buddhism cannot be separated.. Therefore, since Lao society is changing favorably, it is certain that Buddhist monks and novices will undergo changes.. We will try our utmost to stamp out the vestiges of the old society and build a new, pure and bright one. In the religious sphere it is necessary to correct many mistakes such as Buddhist textbooks which do not conform with the principles of Buddhism-textbooks compiled by capitalism and feudalism to hoodwink the people."

Later, Thepbouali wrote, "I wish to clarify to all whether Buddhism and revolution are in contradiction to one another? There are some people who have always said that it is not right for the Sangha to engage in revolutionary activities because the Sangha does not engage in politics. These people have not read their history of Buddhism! And also they do not understand what the Sangha is, or for that matter, revolution. The truth is that the Sangha and revolution are not in contradiction, even though they do not separate basic assumptions.. Revolution does not only mean the use of weapons. Struggle over ways of thinking is also revolution, struggle inside oneself over the right way of thinking and the wrong way is also a revolution."

There are no churches or known Christians among the unreached Tai He.

Prayer Points
* Pray they will look to Christ rather than following after Buddhism and worshiping spirits.
* Ask God to open the hearts of the Tai He to the Gospel.
* Pray the Tai He would soon receive an opportunity to meet Jesus Christ and decide if they will follow Him.
* 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.
* Pray for Gospel messages to become available in audio format for this people group.

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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:They live in Borikhamxai Province in central Laos. They are concentrated in the Viangthong and Khamkeut districts, while smaller numbers inhabit the Pakkading and Pakxan districts.
(Source: Peoples of the Buddhist World, 2004)
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People Name in Country: Tai He
People Name General: Tai He
Alternate People Names:
Tai E
ROP3 Code: 109712
Joshua Project People ID: 15189
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 4,100
Population all Countries: 4,100
Least-Reached: Yes
Affinity Bloc: Southeast Asian Peoples
People Cluster: Tai
People Name General: Tai He
Ethnic Code: MSY49z
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
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Primary Language: Language unknown (4,100 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): Unknown     
Total Languages: 1
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Buddhism
Major Religions:
Buddhism60.00 % 
Christianity0.00 %(Evangelical: 0.00 %)
Ethnic Religions40.00 % 
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 0   No evangelical Christians or churches. No access to major evangelical print, audio, visual, or human resources
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]
None Reported
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Tai He in Laos

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    Tai     Asia, Southeast    
      Tai He Laos    
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