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Tai Laing in Myanmar (Burma)

Tai Laing

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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
114,000 Tai Laing Buddhism 1.00 % 0.30 % No No   

Tai Laing in Myanmar (Burma)

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Introduction / History
Tai Laing is more of a language than a people group. This language is spoken by more than 100,000 people in Myanmar.

Where are they located?
The Tai Laing people live only in Myanmar.

What are their lives like?
Like other people groups in this region, Tai Laing speakers earn a meager living by farming rice and vegetables. Their meat supply comes from their livestock and by fishing.

What are their beliefs?
The Tai Laing speakers are mostly Buddhist. They go to Buddhist temples and make offerings to gain spiritual merit. Like the other peoples in this region, they also serve various spirits that demand offerings and sacrifices.

What are their needs?
The Tai Laing speakers need to replace their unhealthy fear of wicked spirits with a healthy fear of the God who created them.

Prayer Points
* Pray for spiritual openness among the Tai Laing people of Myanmar.
* Pray for dreams and visions for Tai Laing leaders that will give them the willingness to encourage believers to reach their tribe.
* Pray for the Tai Laing people to have the chance to hear the gospel in a culturally appropriate way.
* Pray for a disciple making movement among this people group to transform their communities in Myanmar.
* 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: Myanmar (Burma)
Continent: Asia
Region: Asia, Southeast
Persecution Rank:19 (Only top 50 ranked, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
10/40 Window: Yes
Location in Country:Kachin State: from Myitkyina to Bamaw township; Sagaing Region: Homalin township, along the Irrawaddy, Chindwin, and Uru rivers.
(Source: Ethnologue 2016)
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Ethnolinguistic Map:University of Texas or other map
  Peoples [3]
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People Name in Country: Tai Laing
People Name General: Tai Laing
ROP3 Code: 116915
Joshua Project People ID: 20584
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 114,000
Population all Countries: 114,000
Least-Reached: Yes
Affinity Bloc: Southeast Asian Peoples
People Cluster: Tai
People Name General: Tai Laing
Ethnic Code: MSY49z
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
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Primary Language: Tai Laing (114,000 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): tjl    Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages: 1
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Buddhism
Major Religions:
Buddhism85.00 % 
Christianity1.00 %(Evangelical: 0.30 %)
Ethnic Religions14.00 % 
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
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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Tai Laing in Myanmar (Burma)

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People Cluster
    Tai     Asia, Southeast    
      Tai Laing Myanmar (Burma)    
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            Tai Laing in Myanmar (Burma)          
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