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Tay Tac in Vietnam

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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
Unknown Tay Tac Ethnic Religions 4.00 % 1.00 % No No   

Tay Tac in Vietnam

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Introduction / History
There are well over a million Tay people, but they are split up into subgroups such as the Tac Tay people. We do not know how many are among the Tac Tay subgroup. The ancestors of the Tay peoples migrated south from China to escape the clutches of advancing Mongol armies in the 1200s. From their homes, which were in today's Vietnam, the Tay people were unwilling to submit to a Hmong king. For 12 years the Hmong attacked and burned Tay villages. Many fled to escape the reach of the Hmongs.

In the past all Tay subgroups have been noted for their skills as hunters. They used cages, traps and arrows to catch their prey. Only those in very remote areas today still hunt since hunting is unsustainable in their environment.

Where are they located?
The Tac Tay people live in northern Vietnam.

What are their lives like?
Though they were once skilled hunters, most Sa Pa Tay people are now farmers. Because of the horrible carnage on their villages in the past, some Sa Pa villages use hedges and ditches to keep outsiders out.

What are their beliefs?
Ancestor worship is the primary religion of the Tac Tay people. They keep ancestral altars inside their homes. Guests cannot sit in front of these altars, and women who have recently given birth are not allowed to look at them, because this would disgrace the ancestors.

What are their needs?
The Tac Tay people need to look to Christ for their security.

Prayer Points
There are no believers among the Tac Tay people. Pray this will soon change.
Pray for the Holy Spirit to move in their communities in such a way that there is spiritual openness to Jesus Christ.
Pray for a fellowship of believers to emerge which will include this people group.
Pray for a disciple making movement.
* 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: Vietnam
Continent: Asia
Region: Asia, Southeast
Persecution Rank:25 (Only top 50 ranked, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
10/40 Window: Yes
Location in Country:Son La province: Muong Tâc district.
(Source: Ethnologue 2016)
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  Peoples [3]
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People Name in Country: Tay Tac
People Name General: Tay Tac
Alternate People Names:
ROP3 Code: 109908
Joshua Project People ID: 15308
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: Unknown
Population all Countries: Unknown
Least-Reached: Yes
Affinity Bloc: Southeast Asian Peoples
People Cluster: Kadai
People Name General: Tay Tac
Ethnic Code: MSY49z
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
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Primary Language: Tay Tac
Language Code (ISO): tyt    Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages: 1
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Ethnic Religions
Major Religions:
Christianity4.00 %(Evangelical: 1.00 %)
Ethnic ReligionsUnknown 
Other / SmallUnknown 
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
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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Tay Tac in Vietnam

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