People-in-Country Profile

People Selector:
Print version:
Step 1 - Select a Country:   Send us your updates!
Step 2 - Select a People:  

Talieng in Laos


Send us a photo of this people.  [1]

Talieng in Laos map
Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
37,000 Talieng Ethnic Religions 0.20 % 0.12 % No No   

Talieng in Laos

Profile Text
Submit Profile Text:

Introduction / History
The 1995 Laos census reported more than 23,000 Talieng people living in southeastern Laos. They are concentrated in remote mountainous areas of Xekong and Attapu provinces, near the border with Vietnam. In Laos the Talieng often live in mixed villages with the Ngae, Alak and Katu ethnic groups. In the past, the Talieng lived entirely in the Dakchung District on the Vietnam border, but since 1984 they have gradually migrated further westward in search for new land. The construction of the Dakchung Highway in 1990 has further opened up the Talieng to the rest of Laos.

Many Talieng, however, remain in extremely isolated communities at least 1,500m (4,920 feet) above sea-level. They have little or no interaction with other groups. Because of this, the Talieng are one of the few remaining groups in southern Laos who still have their own customs and traditional dress.

The Talieng are one of the subgroups that make up the official Gie Trieng minority group in Vietnam, who numbered more than 30,000 in 1998.192 Talieng means 'headhunters'.

In the past, polygamy was common among the ruling class, but now most families are monogamous. Tobacco and alcohol is consumed in massive quantities by the Talieng. During festivals Talieng people of all ages are seen laying around the village in a completely drunken state. Talieng from different clans are strictly forbidden from living in the same house.

The youngest child of each Talieng family is responsible for taking care of his or her parents and for worshiping the ancestors. In the 3rd lunar month of every year the Talieng hold a 7-day ceremony where prayer is held for all Talieng ancestors. Buffaloes are sacrificed in front of the communal village house.

The Talieng construct houses for the spirits and deities they believe can protect and bless them. Few have ever heard of the God who conquered demons and hell forever.

There are a number of Talieng Christians in Vietnam, but the massive mountains and political restrictions between Vietnam and Laos have prevented the Gospel from spreading across the border.

Prayer Points
* Pray the Talieng Christians in Vietnam would find a way to take the Gospel to their relatives in Laos.
* Pray there would soon be a strong church among the Talieng of Laos.
* Wrestle in prayer against the powerful spirits and witchcraft that keep the Talieng in spiritual chains.
* 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.

View Talieng in all countries.

Prayer Links
  Submit Update:
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:Xekong and Attapu provinces, Dakchung, Lamam, and Sanxai districts.
(Source: Faces of the Unreached in Laos, 1999)
Submit Map:
Country Map:Political map
Ethnolinguistic Map:University of Texas or other map
Linguistic Map:Ethnologue language map
  Peoples [3]
Submit Update:
People Name in Country: Talieng
People Name General: Talieng
Alternate People Names:
ROP3 Code: 109758
Joshua Project People ID: 15216
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 37,000
Population all Countries: 37,000
Least-Reached: Yes
Affinity Bloc: Southeast Asian Peoples
People Cluster: Mon-Khmer
People Name General: Talieng
Ethnic Code: AUg03z
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
Submit Update:
Primary Language: Talieng (37,000 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): tdf    Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages: 1
Religion [4]
Submit Update:
Primary Religion: Ethnic Religions
Major Religions:
Buddhism0.00 % 
Christianity0.20 %(Evangelical: 0.12 %)
Ethnic Religions99.80 % 
Hinduism0.00 % 
Islam0.00 % 
Non-Religious0.00 % 
Other / Small0.00 % 
Unknown0.00 % 
Christianity Segments:
Anglican0.00 %
Independent5.00 %
Protestant75.00 %
Orthodox0.00 %
Other Christian0.00 %
Roman Catholic20.00 %
(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
Submit Update:
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)
Ministry Activity
Register Ministry Activity:
Networking: Visit for networking possibilities.
Description: Register your ministry activity among this people group. Contact the Adopt-A-People Clearinghouse and Unleashed for the Unreached to learn about others that might be focused on this people group.
Data Notes
Data Sources

Talieng in Laos

Global                 Global
  Affinity Bloc             Global  
People Cluster
    Mon-Khmer     Asia, Southeast    
      Talieng Laos    
            People-by-Country (Profile)          
            Talieng in Laos          
      Religion Language  
      Ethnic Religions     Talieng  
    All Religions                              

Direct link: