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Tai Nua, Chinese Shan in Laos

Tai Nua, Chinese Shan

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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
15,000 Tai Nua Buddhism 0.00 % 0.00 % No No   

Tai Nua, Chinese Shan in Laos

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Introduction / History
The Tai Nua in Laos migrated from China about 200 years ago. At that time they were assimilated with the Lao and Lu peoples. Today, their culture is only distinct in Phongali Province in Laos. They seem to be blending in with similar people groups elsewhere. To make matters more confusing, there is a larger people group by the same name in China, Vietnam and Thailand.

Where are they located?
This people group lives mainly in the Phongali Province of Laos. They might also live in four other provinces as well.

What are their lives like?
Each Tai Nua clan has their own totem which gives them a separate identity. These totems are based on a different sacred bird. Everyone must marry outside their clan, and even their village. Today some of them can marry people from similar people groups. Those with wealth and prestige could marry more than one wife, but this practice was banned by the Laotian government in 1985.

What are their beliefs?
Although they are nominally Theravada Buddhists, the Tai Nua have many aspects of animism and polytheism mixed into their beliefs. They worship a number of protective spirits both on an individual and a family basis.

What are their needs?
The Tai Nua people need to come in contact with people who live out the victorious Christian life and show others how to do the same.

Prayer Points
Pray for His kingdom to come and His will to be done among the Tai Nua people in Laos.
Pray for a movement of Tai Nua households to study the Bible and accept the blessings of Christ.
Pray for a spiritual hunger that will drive the Tai Nua 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 Nua 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.

"Faces of the Unreached in Laos" by Paul Hattaway

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Country: Laos
Continent: Asia
Region: Asia, Southeast
Persecution Rank:31 (Only top 50 ranked, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
10/40 Window: Yes
Location in Country:Bolikhamxai, Houaphan, Viangchan, Xaisomboun, and Xiangkhoang provinces.
(Source: Ethnologue 2016)
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  Peoples [3]
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People Name in Country: Tai Nua, Chinese Shan
People Name General: Tai Nua, Chinese Shan
Alternate People Names:
Chinese ShanDai
Dai KongDai Le
Dai LoeDai Mao
Dai MoDai Na
Dai NueDai Nuea
Eastern ShanHakka
Han ChineseHan-Paiyi
ROP3 Code: 109720
Joshua Project People ID: 15193
Indigenous: No
Population in Country: 15,000
Population all Countries: 716,000
Least-Reached: Yes
Affinity Bloc: Southeast Asian Peoples
People Cluster: Tai
People Name General: Tai Nua, Chinese Shan
Ethnic Code: MSY49a
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
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Primary Language: Tai Nua (15,000 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): tdd    Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages: 1
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Buddhism
Major Religions:
Buddhism85.00 % 
Christianity0.00 %(Evangelical: 0.00 %)
Ethnic Religions15.00 % 
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: 1931-1948
New Testament: None Reported
Complete Bible: None Reported
Possible Bible Sources: Forum of Bible Agencies
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Tai Nua, Chinese Shan in Laos

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