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Akeu in Laos


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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
3,200 Akeu Ethnic Religions 0.72 % 0.72 %   

Akeu in Laos

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Introduction / History
Approximately 2,000 Akeu people live in two areas of the Gnot-Ou District within Phongsali Province of northern Laos.

The Akeu also live in four villages within Menghai and Jinghong counties in southern China (not far from Laos), and in northern Myanmar. A few also live in northern Thailand.

The Akeu view themselves as a completely separate ethnic group from the Akha, even though research has shown they are historically related. Indeed, the genealogy of the Akeu is identical to that of the Akha. In China, the Akeu despise being called Akha, and claim they have nothing in common with them. It appears the Akeu may have suffered some great torment or discrimination at the hands of the Akha in the past, resulting in their present separation. The Akeu language is part of the Bi-Ka branch of Tibeto-Burman, related to Kado, Enu and Biyo in China. David Bradley says, "Their speech is quite distinct from other varieties of Akha, but nearly all also speak Akha as a second dialect."

The Akeu have practiced slash-and-burn agriculture for countless gener-ations. Because of this, they are semi-nomadic, usually living in one place no more than four years before they pack up their belongings and look for new land.

The Akeu live in a very isolated world. Until recently they kept records and reminders by carving notches on wood, tying knots on rope, or by counting beans. Weddings are only permitted to take place among the Akeu between January and April each year.

The main religion of the Akeu could best be described an ancestor worship. They believe by honoring and worshiping their dead forefathers, that they can secure both a better existence for them in the next life, and ensure that their own children will help them after they have died. As most ancestral rites are conducted by the oldest son, it is vital for a Akeu to have male children. If a woman is barren, or only has girls, a Akeu man is allowed a second wife.

Phongsali Province is one of the most Gospel-neglected parts of Laos. Few people have ever heard the Name of Jesus Christ. There are no known Christians among the Akeu.

Prayer Points
Pray God would say of the Akeu, 'They will be mine on the day I make up my treasured possession'. (Mal.3:17)
Ask God to glorify His Name among the Akeu people.
Pray when they hear the Gospel, the Akeu will be able to break free from their slavery to ancestor worship.

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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:Phongsali province: Gnot Ou district.
(Source: Ethnologue 2016)
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People Name in Country: Akeu
People Name General: Akeu
ROP3 Code: 114852
Joshua Project People ID: 18899
Indigenous: No
Population in Country: 3,200
Population all Countries: 16,000
Least-Reached: Yes
Affinity Bloc: Tibetan-Himalayan Peoples
People Cluster: Tibeto-Burman, other
People Name General: Akeu
Ethnic Code: MSY50z
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
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Primary Language: Akeu (3,200 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): aeu    Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages: 1
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Ethnic Religions
Major Religions:
Buddhism0.00 % 
Christianity0.72 %(Evangelical: 0.72 %)
Ethnic Religions99.28 % 
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: 2006–2012
New Testament:
Complete Bible: None Reported
Possible Bible Sources: Forum of Bible Agencies
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Ministry Resources [7]
Audio RecordingsMegaVoice Audio Bible and Stories
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Audio RecordingsOnline New Testament
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Text / Printed MatterBible: Akeu
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Akeu in Laos

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