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Jeng in Laos


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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
9,200 Oy Ethnic Religions 5.00 % 2.00 % No No   

Jeng in Laos

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Introduction / History
The 1995 Lao national census counted 6,511 Jeng people living in six villages in southern Laos. The Jeng (also spelt Chieng) live in one small area in the districts of Samakkhixai and Sanamxai in Attapu Province. The Jeng live along the main roads near the Lao, Oy and Brau. Their houses are dispersed randomly among the rice fields, unlike many other Mon-Khmer groups who place their homes in a circle around a communal house.

The Jeng are linguistically and historically related to the Oy and Brau people, but they possess certain customs that define their separate ethnicity.

In the past the Jeng lived in the mountains inside Vietnam, but they migrated en masse to the plains of southern Laos in 1936. Their culture and worldview has been greatly influenced by the Lao since then, although they have firmly resisted Buddhism.

Today only a few old women still wear traditional Jeng dress for festivals only; although in recent years there has been a strong desire to preserve Jeng culture, now that much of it has already been lost.

Some aspects of Jeng culture has survived well. Jeng men and women are easily distinguishable for wearing large cylinders in their earlobes. The Jeng own large jars and ancient brass gongs, which were used as currency in the past, probably while they were still in Vietnam.

The Jeng are traditionally animists, although many of their animistic ceremonies have now been abandoned. Their continuing fear of spirits can clearly be seen in their custom of building a miniature model village just for the spirits. Within these villages, which may measure up to 100 meters in length, each particular spirit has its own house. The spirit village is usually built a few hundred meters away from the nearest house in the community. It is the place where people come to make offerings and sacrifices.

The extent that Christianity has affected the Jeng is uncertain. Some may have heard the Gospel from the small number of Brau and Oy Christians nearby.

Prayer Points
Pray the Jeng people would be known as temples of the Holy Spirit, and not as communities for housing demons.
Ask God to send evangelists to the unreached Jeng as soon as possible.
Pray the Jeng would be saved, as a testimony of God's grace and a witness to Christ's power over sin.
* 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.

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Country: Laos
Continent: Asia
Region: Asia, Southeast
Persecution Rank:31 (Only top 50 ranked, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
10/40 Window: Yes
Location in Country:Attapu province, Samakkhixai and Sanamxai districts
(Source: Faces of the Unreached in Laos, 1999)
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  Peoples [3]
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People Name in Country: Jeng
People Name General: Jeng
Alternate People Names:
ROP3 Code: 104229
Joshua Project People ID: 12341
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 9,200
Population all Countries: 9,200
Least-Reached: Yes
Affinity Bloc: Southeast Asian Peoples
People Cluster: Mon-Khmer
People Name General: Jeng
Ethnic Code: AUG03z
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
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Primary Language: Oy (9,200 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): oyb    Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages: 1
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Ethnic Religions
Major Religions:
Buddhism0.00 % 
Christianity5.00 %(Evangelical: 2.00 %)
Ethnic Religions95.00 % 
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
GSEC Status:Level 1   Less than 2% Evangelical. Some evangelical resources available, but no active church planting within past 2 years
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]
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Jeng in Laos

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    Mon-Khmer     Asia, Southeast    
      Jeng Laos    
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      Ethnic Religions     Oy  
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