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Lahu Shi in China

Lahu Shi

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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
128,000 Lahu Shi Buddhism 10.00 % 2.00 % No No   

Lahu Shi in China

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Introduction / History
More than 3,000 Yellow Lahu inhabit at least 16 villages of northern Laos. They are dispersed in the Long, Viangphouka and Luang Namtha districts of Luang Namtha Province, and the Meung and Tonpheung districts of Bokeo Province.

In addition, there are many Yellow Lahu in China and about 30,000 Kucong in China who are related distantly to the Yellow Lahu. Also 10,000 Yellow Lahu in northern Myanmar, others in Thailand, Vietnam, and Visalia, California.

The Yellow Lahu language is very different from standard Black Lahu, or Lahu Na, and also is distinct from Lahu Aga.

Between the 14th and 19th centuries the Lahu in China had strong leadership in their wars of resistance against Han and Tai rulers. Not until an irretrievable defeat in 1799 did they begin to collapse. This defeat caused the Lahu to flee into the mountains and they fragmented as a people from that point on. The Lahu Na claim to be "pure Lahu" and express contempt for the Yellow Lahu for having surrendered to the Qing army in the combat of the last century.

The Yellow Lahu along with Lahu Aga and White Lahu survive by hunting, and foraging for food in the forests.

There are a small number of believers among the Yellow Lahu in Laos.

Prayer Points
Pray God would reveal Himself as a loving Father to the downtrodden and depressed Yellow Lahu.
Ask God to send Lahu Christians to plant healthy churches among the Yellow Lahu not dependent upon salaries from abroad.
Pray the Yellow Lahu of Laos would soon worship the Living God in great numbers.
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 the availability of the Jesus Film in the primary language of this people.

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Country: China
Continent: Asia
Region: Asia, Northeast
Persecution Rank:16 (Only top 50 ranked, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
10/40 Window: Yes
Location in Country:Yunnan province: Xishuangbanna Dai autonomous prefecture, Menghai county, Menghai district, Menghai township; Simao prefecture, Lancang Lahu autonomous county, Nuofu district, other areas.
(Source: Ethnologue 2016)
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Linguistic Map:Ethnologue language map
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People Name in Country: Lahu Shi
People Name General: Lahu Shi
Alternate People Names:
Kahu XiKhutsho
Kui SongKur
La HủLa Hu Si
Lahu Shi BakeoLahu Xi
Laju Adaw-agaMousseur Luang
Musseh KwiNe Thu
ROP3 Code: 111024
Joshua Project People ID: 16018
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 128,000
Population all Countries: 215,000
Least-Reached: No
Affinity Bloc: Tibetan-Himalayan Peoples
People Cluster: Tibeto-Burman, other
People Name General: Lahu Shi
Ethnic Code: MSY50i
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
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Primary Language: Lahu Shi (128,000 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): lhi    Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages: 1
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Buddhism
Major Religions:
Buddhism90.00 % 
Christianity10.00 %(Evangelical: 2.00 %)
Ethnic ReligionsUnknown 
Other / SmallUnknown 
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]   Evangelicals have only a very small representation among all who claim to be Christians.
Least-Reached: No
Bible Translation Status
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Bible Portions: 2009
New Testament:
Complete Bible: None Reported
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Audio RecordingsMegaVoice Audio Bible and Stories
Audio RecordingsAudio Bible teaching
Film / VideoGod's Story video
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Text / Printed MatterBible: Lahu Shi
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Lahu Shi in China

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