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Lao in Myanmar (Burma)

Lao

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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
25,000 Lao Buddhism 3.00 % 0.90 %   

Lao in Myanmar (Burma)

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Introduction / History
Centuries ago, the Lao lived in China. However, relentless pressure by the Chinese gradually forced them southward, and many settled along the Mekong River in the eighth or ninth century. When the Lao Kingdom was replaced by a communist administration during World War II, many Lao fled to Burma, Thailand, and Laos.

For years, Laos was the battlefield for the conflicts of other nations, as well as the object of political competition between Russia, China and Vietnam. After years of invasions, a series of bloody land wars, and possession by French colonialists, Laos entered into good relations with its neighbors.

Where are they located?
Most Lao people live in Laos, but some have migrated to other parts of Southeast Asia including Myanmar.

What are their lives like?
Most of the Lao are wet-rice farmers. They also raise cotton, mulberry bushes (for silk worms), coco palms, and various fruits. Cultivation is done with wooden equipment drawn by buffalo. Some of the farmers are also blacksmiths, carpenters or miners. Certain villages specialize in crafts such as pottery, or in the production of goods such as tobacco or charcoal. A number of the Lao are also fishermen.

Lao houses in Myanmar are typically made of wood or bamboo, and are built high on stilts. Family livestock, which includes poultry, pigs, and goats, are allowed to run freely underneath the houses. Nearly every family raises cattle and buffaloes in order to trade the leather and hides.

The Buddhist Wat, or temple, is the center of Lao village life. Village leadership is usually divided; the chief has authority in secular matters, while the Buddhist monk has authority in religious issues. Lao society no longer has rigid social classes. Consequently, there is no longer a hereditary elite class. Their social structure is based on family units, with no widespread lineages or clans. Sexual promiscuity before marriage is relatively common.

The Lao have a variety of folk arts, which include weaving, basket making, wood and ivory carving, and working with silver and gold. They have a variety of musical instruments, of which a bamboo wind instrument called the khene is the most widely known.

What are their beliefs?
More than half of the Lao are Buddhists. Traditionally, young men enter village monasteries for about three months to study Buddhism. Lao Buddhists believe that right thinking, ritual sacrifices, and self-denial will enable the soul to reach nirvana (a state of eternal bliss) at death. They live in fear of their gods and constantly strive to appease them with religious chants, rituals, and sacrifices. They also believe that existence is a continuing cycle of death and rebirth, a process known as reincarnation.

One third of the Lao are ethnic religionists, combining folk animism (belief that non-living objects have spirits) with Buddhism. They seek help through various supernatural beings and objects. Of major importance to them are the "territorial deities."

What are their needs?
The Lao people in Myanmar need to be freed from the fear of "territorial deities," and other spirits that control their lives.

Prayer Points
* Pray that the Lord will give mission agencies new opportunities for entering Myanmar, a closed country.
* Ask God to use Lao believers to share the love of Jesus with their own people.
* Ask the Holy Spirit to soften the hearts of the Lao towards believers so that they will be receptive to the gospel.
* Pray that God will open the hearts of governmental leaders in Myanmar to the gospel.
* Ask the Lord to raise up a disciple making movement among the Lao in Laos and in Myanmar.

References
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lao_people
http://laoinburma.blogspot.com/

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Country: Myanmar (Burma)
Continent: Asia
Region: Asia, Southeast
Persecution Rank:18 (Only top 50 ranked, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
10/40 Window: Yes
   
 
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Ethnolinguistic Map:University of Texas or other map
 
  Peoples [3]
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People Name in Country: Lao
People Name General: Lao
Alternate People Names:
Eastern ThaiLào
Lao BocLao Noi
Lao WiangLao-Lu
Lao-NoiLaotian Tai
Laotian ThaiLum Lao
Phou LaoRong Kong
Tai LaoTs'un Lao
ROP3 Code: 105643
Joshua Project People ID: 12989
Indigenous: No
Population in Country: 25,000
Population all Countries: 3,569,000
Least-Reached: Yes
   
 
Affinity Bloc: Southeast Asian Peoples
People Cluster: Lao
People Name General: Lao
Ethnic Code: MSY49b
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
   
 
Language
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Primary Language: Lao (25,000 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): lao    Ethnologue Listing
Primary Dialect:Vientiane
Dialect Code:12765
Total Languages: 1
   
 
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Buddhism
Religion Sub-division:Theravada
Major Religions:
Buddhism93.00 % 
Christianity3.00 %(Evangelical: 0.90 %)
Ethnic Religions2.00 % 
Hinduism0.00 % 
Islam0.00 % 
Non-Religious2.00 % 
Other / Small0.00 % 
Unknown0.00 % 
Christianity Segments:
Anglican0.00 %
Independent15.00 %
Protestant35.00 %
Orthodox0.00 %
Other Christian0.00 %
Roman Catholic50.00 %
 
(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 4   Greater than or equal to 2% Evangelical
 
 
Bible Translation Status
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Bible Portions: 1906-1967
New Testament:
1926-1973Audio
Complete Bible: 1932
Possible Bible Sources: Forum of Bible Agencies
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 World Christian Resource Directory
 Gospel Go
 
 
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 Lao
Film / VideoMagdalena (Jesus Film Project)
Film / VideoMy Last Day (Jesus Film Project Anime)
Film / VideoStory of Jesus for Children (JF Project)
GeneralBible Visuals
GeneralFour Spiritual Laws
GeneralGot Questions Ministry
Text / Printed MatterBible: ລາວ - Lao
Text / Printed MatterWorld Missionary Press Booklets
 
 
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Lao in Myanmar (Burma)

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      Lao Myanmar (Burma)    
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