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Tay in France


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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
1,900 Tay Ethnic Religions 3.00 % 0.20 % No   

Tay in France

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Introduction / History
When Vietnam was in chaos at the end of the 1700s, several ethnic groups united with groups of Thai speaking peoples. These people became known as the Tho. Today, they are regarded as an official minority in Vietnam. They prefer to be known as "Tay," since the term "Tho" is now considered derogatory.

Through the decades, a small number of the Tay people have moved to France. The largest number emigrated when Vietnam became fully communist in 1975, and the last of the Tay people arrived in the 1990s. That leaves them plenty of time to become somewhat assimilated.

Where are they located?
The vast majority of them still live in Vietnam where they are a prominent minority group in the northern regions. The Tay people in France are most likely to be found in Paris, Marseilles, Lyon, or Toulouse.

What are their lives like?
Unlike many other immigrant groups, the Tay people and their cousins, the Vietnamese, have been in France so long that they are largely assimilated. They have ties to family members and friends in Vietnam.

What are their beliefs?
The Tay worship a multitude of gods. They practice ancestor worship (praying to deceased ancestors for protection and guidance). The Tay are also animistic (believe that non-living objects have spirits). Traditionally, most Tay villages had temples where they worshipped a multitude of gods associated with earth, water, fire, and important ancestors. Many of them have also adopted Buddhism, because of the influence of the people around them in Vietnam. Those who live in France probably are more secular than those who live in Vietnam.

What are their needs?
It has been decades since the Tay people migrated to France, so the window of opportunity to reach them when they are spiritually open is closed. Those who remain are largely Buddhist or hold to traditional religion. Some are secular. There is not a strong Christian witness in France, so it will take a deliberate effort to reach them for Christ.

Prayer Points
* Ask the Lord to call people who are willing to share Christ with the Tay people, both in Vietnam and France.
* Ask the Holy Spirit to soften the hearts of the Tay toward believers so that they will be receptive to the gospel.
* Ask the Lord to raise up strong local churches among the Tay.
* Pray for a disciple making movement to emerge among the Tay people, both in France and in Vietnam.
* Pray for the availability of the Jesus Film in the primary language of this people.


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Country: France
Continent: Europe
Region: Europe, Western
10/40 Window: No
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  Peoples [3]
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People Name in Country: Tay
People Name General: Tay
Alternate People Names:
Kha PhongMoung
Nha LangPhen
T'oTai Tho
ROP3 Code: 109909
Joshua Project People ID: 15309
Indigenous: No
Population in Country: 1,900
Population all Countries: 1,997,000
Least-Reached: Yes
Affinity Bloc: Southeast Asian Peoples
People Cluster: Zhuang
People Name General: Tay
Ethnic Code: MSY49a
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Primary Language: Tay (1,900 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): tyz    Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages: 1
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Ethnic Religions
Major Religions:
Buddhism15.00 % 
Christianity3.00 %(Evangelical: 0.20 %)
Ethnic Religions80.00 % 
Hinduism0.00 % 
Islam0.00 % 
Non-Religious2.00 % 
Other / Small0.00 % 
Unknown0.00 % 
Christianity Segments:
Anglican0.00 %
Independent0.00 %
Protestant20.00 %
Orthodox0.00 %
Other Christian0.00 %
Roman Catholic80.00 %
(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: 1938–1979
New Testament:
Complete Bible: None Reported
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Ministry Resources [7]
Audio RecordingsMegaVoice Audio Bible and Stories
Audio RecordingsAudio Bible teaching (GRN)
Audio RecordingsOnline New Testament (FCBH)
Film / Video / Animation
Film / VideoThe Story of Dong
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Tay in France

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    Zhuang     Europe, Western    
      Tay France    
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            Tay in France          
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      Ethnic Religions     Tay  
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