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Laoseng in Laos


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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
11,000 Tareng Ethnic Religions 1.00 % 0.80 % No No   

Laoseng in Laos

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Introduction / History
More than 6,000 Laoseng people live in the northernmost province in Laos, Phongsali. They inhabit villages within the Samphan, Phongsali and Mai districts, near the Chinese border.

The Laoseng are also known as the Tareng, or Tariang. They are not related, however, to the Talieng people of southern Laos.

The Laoseng are a Mon-Khmer speaking group. Many Mon-Khmer groups in northern Laos have round drums with pictures of three frogs on the top. Usually pictures or carvings of two large elephants and one small elephant are on the side. What makes the Laoseng unique in northern Laos is that their language is from the Katuic branch of Mon-Khmer. The other Katuic groups are in southern and central Laos. It is possible the Laoseng were a group from southern Laos who were forcibly relocated to the north some time ago.

The Mon-Khmer groups in Laos, including the Laoseng, are recognized as the original inhabitants of the country by the Lao. This fact is confirmed by the inclusion of a Mon-Khmer leader in the pre-1975 New Year rituals performed in the royal capital, Luang Prabang.

In the annual ceremony, the King of Laos was approached by a Mon-Khmer leader (usually a Khmu from the local area). The King, "taking him by the hand.conducts him to his golden throne covered by its nine-tiered white umbrella. Thus are the rites carried out. It is the ancient possessors of the soil themselves who place the Chao Sivit, master of their existence, on the throne. Not only do they enthrone the successor of those who invaded their territory, but they must also rid him of all evil. The King takes a bowl of sticky rice similar to that used for warding off [spirits] and throws it over the chief of the Khas who then runs out of the room. He is followed by the other members of the tribe, he runs out of the palace, then out of the town and only stops when he is far away, in the mountains where he will have taken with him all the calamities which have menaced the King."

Thousands of years after the unique Laoseng people arrived in Laos, most have yet to hear the Gospel for the first time.

Prayer Points
* Pray the little-known Laoseng people would soon have the chance to accept or reject Christ as Lord of their lives.
* Pray Khmu believers would travel to the Laoseng and witness to them.
* Ask God to raise up linguists to produce evangelistic material in the Laoseng language.
* 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:Phongsali province, Samphan, Phongsali, Mai, and Boun-Tai districts
(Source: Faces of the Unreached in Laos, 1999)
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Linguistic Map:Ethnologue language map
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People Name in Country: Laoseng
People Name General: Laoseng
Alternate People Names:
ROP3 Code: 109856
Joshua Project People ID: 15272
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: Laoseng
Ethnic Code: AUG03z
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
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Primary Language: Tareng (11,000 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): tgr    Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages: 1
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Ethnic Religions
Major Religions:
Buddhism0.00 % 
Christianity1.00 %(Evangelical: 0.80 %)
Ethnic Religions99.00 % 
Hinduism0.00 % 
Islam0.00 % 
Non-Religious0.00 % 
Other / Small0.00 % 
Unknown0.00 % 
Christianity Segments:
Anglican0.00 %
Independent0.00 %
Protestant75.00 %
Orthodox0.00 %
Other Christian0.00 %
Roman Catholic25.00 %
(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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Laoseng in Laos

Global                 Global
  Affinity Bloc             Global  
People Cluster
    Mon-Khmer     Asia, Southeast    
      Laoseng Laos    
            People-by-Country (Profile)          
            Laoseng in Laos          
      Religion Language  
      Ethnic Religions     Tareng  
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