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Phu Thai in United States

Phu Thai

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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
56,000 Phu Thai Buddhism 1.00 % 0.10 % No No   

Phu Thai in United States

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Introduction / History
Phutai simply means 'Tai people'. The Phutai are distributed between Thailand, Vietnam and Laos. In Laos, they are heavily concentrated in the bottom half of Khammouan Province. Others spill southward into Savannakhet, Saravan and Champasak provinces, while small Diaspora Phutai communities are found in Oudomxai and Luang Prabang in the north. Since the Vietnam War, a Phutai refugee community has been allowed to move into the Los Angeles area in the United States.

The Phutai language is part of the Southwestern Tai branch. It is closest to Tai Kao and Tai Dam. Unlike most Tai-speaking groups, who have converted to Buddhism, the Phutai remain animists, with little Buddhist influence. They worship 25 different spirits. Every year during the third lunar month the Phutai gather for the Pi Tian ('Spirit of Heaven') festival. People relax and unwind by riding horses, elephants, and shooting arrows, etc. The focal point of the festival is a ritual when the whole community gathers and offers sacrifices and prayers to the spirit they believe resides in paradise above. After waiting for some time, the Phutai believe there is a moment when the spirit actually comes down from heaven. The normally-reserved Phutai dance and jump for joy, and often miracles such as healing takes place.

Despite this remarkable ceremony, there are few Phutai who have ever accepted Jesus Christ, who is the Holy Spirit who gives lasting joy. There are approximately 150 known Phutai believers in Laos today, although there may be significantly more. They do not have their own churches, but meet in mixed Protestant and Catholic congregations with the Lao.

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Global Prayer Digest: 2011-05-02
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Country: United States
Continent: North America
Region: America, North and Caribbean
10/40 Window: No
Location in Country:Los Angeles CA
(Source: Ethnologue 2010)
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People Name in Country: Phu Thai
People Name General: Phu Thai
Alternate People Names:
Phu TaiPoutai
ROP3 Code: 108016
Joshua Project People ID: 14383
Indigenous: No
Population in Country: 56,000
Population all Countries: 1,020,000
Least-Reached: Yes
Affinity Bloc: Southeast Asian Peoples
People Cluster: Tai
People Name General: Phu Thai
Ethnic Code: MSY49z
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Primary Language: Phu Thai (56,000 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): pht    Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages: 1
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Buddhism
Major Religions:
Buddhism89.00 % 
Christianity1.00 %(Evangelical: 0.10 %)
Ethnic Religions10.00 % 
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 Catholic100.00 %
(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
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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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Phu Thai in United States

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People Cluster
    Tai     America, North and Caribbean    
      Phu Thai United States    
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