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Lahu Nyi in Thailand

Lahu Nyi

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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
3,200 Lahu Ethnic Religions 0.20 % 0.10 %   

Lahu Nyi in Thailand

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Introduction / History
The Nyi Lahu are also known as the Red Tai people in Thailand. They have always been known as expert hunters and trappers.

Where are they located?
Lahu peoples live in five countries including China, Myanmar, Vietnam, Laos, and Thailand.

What are their lives like?
The Nyi Lahu spend a full five days celebrating the new year known as Kho Cha Lor. This celebration happens between January and March.

They are good hunters, but they also grow herbs for medicinal purposes. Their women are expert weavers who are known for their embroidery. Nyi Lahu men are craftsmen who make crossbows and musical instruments.

They Nyi Lahu practice slash and burn agriculture. They grow rice, corn, fruits, and vegetables. Some grow opium as a cash crop. They raise pigs, chickens, and horses primarily for ceremonial sacrifices.

What are their beliefs?
There are Lahu subgroups who have had a people movement to Christ, while others have gravitated to Buddhism. Among the Nyi Lahu, however, people stay with their traditional animistic beliefs which they blend with ancestor worship. This people group is the only Lahu group that builds temples for their animistic gods.

What are their needs?
The Nyi Lahu tribe needs the opportunity to move beyond subsistence farming. Perhaps believers with the right backgrounds can teach them marketable skills that will help them prosper in Thailand's changing economy.

Prayer Points
* Pray for the Lord to send dreams and visions to Nyi Lahu elders to show them the way to the cross.
* Pray for a spiritual hunger to come to this people group.
* Pray for a strong Nyi Lahu church to emerge which is defined by discipleship and obedience to the ways of Jesus Christ.


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Country: Thailand
Continent: Asia
Region: Asia, Southeast
10/40 Window: Yes
Location in Country:Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai, Kamphaeng Phet, Mae Hong Son, Yala provinces: 119 known villages.
(Source: Ethnologue 2016)
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People Name in Country: Lahu Nyi
People Name General: Lahu Nyi
ROP3 Code: 105577
Joshua Project People ID: 20733
Indigenous: No
Population in Country: 3,200
Population all Countries: 3,200
Least-Reached: Yes
Affinity Bloc: Tibetan-Himalayan Peoples
People Cluster: Tibeto-Burman, other
People Name General: Lahu Nyi
Ethnic Code: MSY50i
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
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Primary Language: Lahu (3,200 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): lhu    Ethnologue Listing
Primary Dialect:Nyi
Dialect Code:566
Total Languages: 1
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Ethnic Religions
Major Religions:
Buddhism0.00 % 
Christianity0.20 %(Evangelical: 0.10 %)
Ethnic Religions75.00 % 
Hinduism0.00 % 
Islam0.00 % 
Non-Religious0.00 % 
Other / Small0.00 % 
Unknown24.80 % 
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: 1924-1962
New Testament:
Complete Bible: 1989
Possible Bible Sources: Forum of Bible Agencies
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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 Lahu
Text / Printed MatterBible: Lahu Bible
Text / Printed MatterWorld Missionary Press Booklets
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Lahu Nyi in Thailand

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      Lahu Nyi Thailand    
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