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Oy in Laos


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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
24,000 Oy Buddhism 1.00 % 0.80 % No No   

Oy in Laos

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Introduction / History
Some of the Oy live in 21 villages on the fertile Boloven Plateau region of southern Laos and others live at the foot of the plateau. Many of the Mon Khmer groups in the south are grouped together so that the Oy live intermingled with Brau and Ngae peoples. In some ways the Oy are adopting the culture of their neighbors they still cling to ancestor worship rather than accepting Buddhism. Except for the more isolated communities, they do not practice animistic ceremonies except in times of crisis. Then the rituals resume.

There are more than 200 believers today meeting in several churches. The Laos government has persecuted the believers greatly including imprisonment for their pastors.

The Oy say they originated in China and have lived in their present location for 150 years. Their principle farm crop is rice.
The Overseas Christian Fellowship were the first mission to minister to the Oy. Part of their work was a leprosy clinic for 700 lepers in the area. The first believer was a Shaman. After converting to Christ he was murdered by his own people. They gouged out his eyes and dumped his body in the forest.

information taken from Asia Harvest profile, by permission

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Country: Laos
Continent: Asia
Region: Asia, Southeast
Persecution Rank:20 (Only top 50 ranked, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
10/40 Window: Yes
Location in Country:Attapu and Champasak provinces. 21 villages. Samakkhixai, Sanamxai, and Pakxong districts.
(Source: Faces of the Unreached in Laos, 1999)
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People Name in Country: Oy
People Name General: Oy
Alternate People Names:
HueiInn Tea
ROP3 Code: 107716
Joshua Project People ID: 14238
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 24,000
Population all Countries: 24,000
Least-Reached: Yes
Affinity Bloc: Southeast Asian Peoples
People Cluster: Mon-Khmer
People Name General: Oy
Ethnic Code: AUG03z
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
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Primary Language: Oy (24,000 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): oyb    Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages: 1
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Buddhism
Major Religions:
Buddhism60.00 % 
Christianity1.00 %(Evangelical: 0.80 %)
Ethnic Religions39.00 % 
Hinduism0.00 % 
Islam0.00 % 
Non-Religious0.00 % 
Other / Small0.00 % 
Unknown0.00 % 
Christianity Segments:
Anglican0.00 %
Independent0.00 %
Protestant65.00 %
Orthodox0.00 %
Other Christian0.00 %
Roman Catholic35.00 %
(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
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New Testament: None Reported
Complete Bible: None Reported
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Audio RecordingsAudio Bible teaching (GRN)
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Oy in Laos

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    Mon-Khmer     Asia, Southeast    
      Oy Laos    
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