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Nguon in Laos

Nguon

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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
800 Nguon Ethnic Religions 0.00 % 0.00 % No No   

Nguon in Laos

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Introduction / History
The 1995 national census of Laos listed a population of 1,344 Nguon people. The precise location of the Nguon is uncertain. According to the Language Atlas of the Pacific Area, they live directly on the Laos-Vietnam border in the Nakay District of Khammouan Province. The same book lists a total population of 2,000 Nguon in both Laos and Vietnam. The Ethnologue states the Nguon live in "west-central Laos, south of Bai Dinh."

The Nguon language is believed to be closely related to the large Muong language of Vietnam. The Muong, numbering 914,596 people in the 1989 Vietnam census, are the third largest ethnic minority in Vietnam. The majority of Muong in Vietnam live further north of the location given for the Nguon in Laos, however. The Nguon may have originally been a group of Muong who split off and migrated to a different area. Nguon is possibly a transliteration of Muong.

The Muong are believed to have come from the same historical roots as the Vietnamese people. Today the Muong language and Vietnamese are still closely related. "It is believed when the Chinese invaded Vietnam at around the start of the Christian era, the Vietnamese migrated southward into the plains. They expanded to fill all the country, while the Muong stayed in the mountains and developed as a separate ethnic group."

Nguon villages are called quei. Large rocks or markers are placed along the borders of the village to clearly define borders between families and clans.

In the past the Nguon faced constant threat from tigers and bears, but today few of these beasts remain. The Nguon even allow their livestock to roam about freely in the woods without fear of them being slaughtered. Village leaders, called lang cun, control Nguon villages. No major decision is made by the community without the agreement of the lang cun.

The majority of Nguon are animists. They worship a host of gods, deities and spirits, who they believe can bless and protect their communities. There are a few Catholics among the Muong in Vietnam, but there are no known Christians among the Nguon.

Prayer Points
* Little is known about the location and identity of the Nguon. Pray that more information would soon come to light.
* Pray there would soon be a strong church among the Nguon of Laos.
* Pray that Christians of other ethnic backgrounds would have a burden to take the Gospel to the Nguon.
* 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:19 (Only top 50 ranked, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
10/40 Window: Yes
Total Provinces on file:1
Location in Country:Khammouan province, Nakay district
(Source: Faces of the Unreached in Laos, 1999)
   
 
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People Name in Country: Nguon
People Name General: Nguon
Alternate People Names:
MườngNguane
ROP3 Code: 107292
Joshua Project People ID: 13375
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 800
Population all Countries: 3,100
Least-Reached: Yes
   
 
Affinity Bloc: Southeast Asian Peoples
People Cluster: Mon-Khmer
People Name General: Nguon
Ethnic Code: AUG03b
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
   
 
Language
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Primary Language: Nguon
Language Code (ISO): nuo    Ethnologue Listing
Secondary Languages:
Muong (Unknown)
Total Languages: 2
   
 
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Ethnic Religions
Major Religions:
Buddhism0.00 % 
Christianity0.00 %(Evangelical: 0.00 %)
Ethnic Religions100.00 % 
Hinduism0.00 % 
Islam0.00 % 
Non-Religious0.00 % 
Other / Small0.00 % 
Unknown0.00 % 
Christianity Segments:
Anglican0.00 %
Independent0.00 %
Protestant30.00 %
Orthodox0.00 %
Other Christian0.00 %
Roman Catholic70.00 %
 
(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]
Audio RecordingsMegaVoice Audio Bible and Stories
Audio RecordingsAudio Bible teaching (GRN)
 
 
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