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Lanten in Laos

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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
6,600 Language unknown Ethnic Religions 0.00 % 0.00 % No No   

Lanten in Laos

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Introduction / History
For much of their early history, the Lantens were oppressed by Chinese landlords. The Lanten entered Laos over the past century in search for independence and a land of their own.

The name Lanten comes from a Chinese word meaning 'those who make dye', a name associated with their characteristic, black hand-dyed cotton clothes. The Lantens are related to the Kim Mun people of neighboring provinces, but today they differ by name, style of dress, and dialect.

Where are they located?
The Lanten live mostly in the eight villages of the Gnot-Ou District of Phongsali Province in northern Laos, bordering China and Myanmar.

What are their lives like?
The Lanten are famous for a wonderful cultural history that includes the tradition of making their own paper from roots and leaves. They also have developed a writing system inspired by ancient Chinese characters and is used to document religious texts and stories. The Lanten are artisans and produce cotton cloth, wooden masks, and silver jewelry. The Lanten dwell alongside rivers and are also known as Lao Houay, which means "stream Lao."

What are their beliefs?
The Lanten worship their ancestors and believe that the quality of the afterlife depends on how much care the eldest son gives to the spirits of his deceased parents. Therefore, sons are highly valued, and to not have one would mean hopeless wandering in the afterlife. The Lanten believe that evil people go to a version of hell, a thick forest without villages or clearings. Their beliefs are a mixture of Taoism and spirit worship. There are no known followers of Christ among the Lanten people.

What are their needs?
The Lanten do not have access to the Scripture, gospel recordings or the JESUS Film in their own language. They believe in an afterlife, but are bound by ancestor worship and the fear of hell.

Prayer Points
* Pray for the Lanten people to have ready access to Christian materials.
* Pray that they would find spiritual rest in Jesus.
* Pray for a blessing of their creative and vocational expression through handicrafts, literature, and traditional art.
* Pray for a powerful church planting movement among the Lanten people.
* 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: Laos
Continent: Asia
Region: Asia, Southeast
Persecution Rank:20 (Only top 50 ranked, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
10/40 Window: Yes
Location in Country:Phongsali: Gnot-Ou District
(Source: Faces of the Unreached in Laos)
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People Name in Country: Lanten
People Name General: Lanten
ROP3 Code: 111240
Joshua Project People ID: 20632
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 6,600
Population all Countries: 6,600
Least-Reached: Yes
Affinity Bloc: Southeast Asian Peoples
People Cluster: Yao-Mien
People Name General: Lanten
Ethnic Code: MSY47b
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
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Primary Language: Language unknown (6,600 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): Unknown     
Total Languages: 1
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Ethnic Religions
Religion Sub-division:Daoism
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
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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Lanten in Laos

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      Lanten Laos    
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