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Tayten in Laos


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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
400 Lao Ethnic Religions 0.00 % 0.00 %   

Tayten in Laos

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Introduction / History
A mere 300 Tayten people live in Laos. They inhabit two villages (Ban Phia and Ban Thenngiou) in the Pakxeng District of Luang Prabang Province.

One writer, who has visited the Tayten, note that the Tayten are considered a mysterious group to their neighbors, the Khmu Ou, who call the Tayten Kha Sam Lien ('People who speak three languages'): Lao, Khmu and Tayten.

The Tayten speak a language from the Tai linguistic family, but is is far removed from other Tai varieties surrounding them. There is a Kam-Sui speaking group in southern Guizhou Province of China who call themselves Ten. The Chinese call them Yang-huang. There is a possibility this small group in Laos are related to the Ten of China, but no evidence has been cited to confirm this as fact. The name Tayten probably just means 'Ten people'.

Speculation is fueled by the fact that a number of Dong (Kam), Shui, Bouyei and Giay people migrated into Vietnam about 200 years ago to escape terrible persecution by the Chinese, who burnt thousands of minority people at the stake.

The Tayten are animists. They also worship their ancestors, especially those they consider 'close' ancestors (the last three generations). Once a year they have a ceremony where 'distant' ancestors are worshipped.

Although Christianity has been strongly opposed by the Communist authorities in Laos since 1975, occasionally glimpses of encouragement are offered to Christians that they may be able to worship freely one day. In 1982, a leading Buddhist monk even appeared to encourage people in Laos to believe in Christianity! Khamtan Thepabouali stated, "Under this [Communist] regime, everybody has a right to his own religion. But be careful. Don't believe just anything. Choose a belief that has some foundation and logic. Christianity is a good example. It has a set of Scriptures which you can study and understand."

At the present time there is no trace of Christianity among the Tayten. There are Khmu believers all around them, however, giving hope that the Tayten may find true peace in the Person of Jesus Christ.

Prayer Points
* Pray Khmu believers will not see the Tayten as so 'mysterious' that they neglect to share Christ with them.
* Ask God to raise up laborers to plant churches among the Tayten.
* Pray for the advancement of God's Kingdom in Laos.

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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:Luang Prabang province, Pakxeng district.
(Source: Faces of the Unreached in Laos, 1999)
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  Peoples [3]
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People Name in Country: Tayten
People Name General: Tayten
ROP3 Code: 111249
Joshua Project People ID: 16149
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 400
Population all Countries: 400
Least-Reached: Yes
Affinity Bloc: Southeast Asian Peoples
People Cluster: Tai
People Name General: Tayten
Ethnic Code: MSY49z
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
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Primary Language: Lao
Language Code (ISO): lao    Ethnologue Listing
Secondary Languages:
Khmu (Unknown)
Total Languages: 2
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Ethnic Religions
Major Religions:
Buddhism0.00 % 
Christianity0.00 %(Evangelical: 0.00 %)
Ethnic Religions100.00 % 
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: 1906-1967
New Testament:
Complete Bible: 1932-2012
Possible Bible Sources: Forum of Bible Agencies
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 World Christian Resource Directory
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Ministry Resources [7]
Audio RecordingsMegaVoice Audio Bible and Stories
Audio RecordingsAudio Bible teaching (GRN)
Audio RecordingsOnline New Testament (FCBH)
Audio RecordingsStory of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project ...
Film / VideoGod's Story Video
Film / VideoJesus Film: view in Lao
Film / VideoMagdalena (Jesus Film Project)
Film / VideoMy Last Day (Jesus Film Project Anime)
Film / VideoStory of Jesus for Children (JF Project)
GeneralBible Visuals
GeneralFour Spiritual Laws
GeneralGot Questions Ministry
Text / Printed MatterBible: ລາວ - Lao
Text / Printed MatterWorld Missionary Press Booklets
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Tayten in Laos

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      Tayten Laos    
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