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Tho in Vietnam


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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
92,000 Tho Ethnic Religions 2.00 % 0.04 % No No   

Tho in Vietnam

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Introduction / History
The Tho of Vietnam are from migrant groups of that country. They speak a Viet-Muong language but they usually can speak Vietnamese. They use modern day writing. The Tho work in agriculture and fish and hunt to get a living. They eat rice.

The Tho live mainly in large villages in the west parts of Nghe An Province. Their houses are built on stilts though many are now having their houses on the ground. They carry small items in baskets while oxen carry larger objects.

The Tho have a village chief who looks after community matters and tax collection. They marry mainly among themselves rather than between their community and other communities. Upon the birth of a baby, the midwife gives the baby a name. No stranger is allowed in the home until a month after the birth. They worship those among them who have just died as well as their ancestors, spirits and Buddha.

The Tho like to dance and play chess. The Chinese New Year is the main holiday among them. They have used the lunar calendar though the Western one is now being used.

Where are they located?
They live mainly in villages at Nghe An and definitely in two districts : Tan Ky and Nghia Dan.

What are their lives like?
They are subsistence farmers who raise sugarcane, rabbits, bulls and fruit trees. Family life is very important to them. Sometimes the family of children live with the parents in one house.

What are their beliefs?
Many people worship local idols and deceased relatives.

What are their needs?
They need jobs and better financial situations, but mainly they need contact with christians and help with prosecutions. Christians are persecuted by authorities because of their faith. Some of them depart the faith because of fear of the persecution.

Prayer Points
Pray that the village chiefs will come to Salvation and lead others of the Tho to Jesus Christ,
Pray for complete freedom for the gospel message to be given in Vietnam.
* 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.


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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:North Nghe An province, highland areas, Cuoi Cham dialect in Tan Ky district, Tan Hop commune; also in Thanh Hoa province.
(Source: Ethnologue 2016)
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Linguistic Map:Ethnologue language map
  Peoples [3]
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People Name in Country: Tho
People Name General: Tho
Alternate People Names:
ROP3 Code: 110020
Joshua Project People ID: 19528
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 92,000
Population all Countries: 92,000
Least-Reached: Yes
Affinity Bloc: Southeast Asian Peoples
People Cluster: Mon-Khmer
People Name General: Tho
Ethnic Code: AUG03z
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
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Primary Language: Tho (92,000 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): tou    Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages: 1
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Ethnic Religions
Major Religions:
Buddhism0.00 % 
Christianity2.00 %(Evangelical: 0.04 %)
Ethnic Religions98.00 % 
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: Help start a Bible Translation
New Testament: None Reported
Complete Bible: None Reported
Ministry Resources [7]
Audio RecordingsMegaVoice Audio Bible and Stories
Audio RecordingsAudio Bible teaching
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Tho in Vietnam

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