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Lahu in Vietnam


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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
12,000 Lahu Ethnic Religions 5.00 % 0.04 %   

Lahu in Vietnam

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Introduction / History
The Lahu are a Vietnamese people group. They speak in a Tibetan-Burmese language.

The Lahu work in cultivation and recently have been doing wet rice cultivation. They also do bamboo and metal work. They also fish and hunt as a means of income. Rice is a regular food for them and they eat fish and meat.

Lahu women give birth at home with the help of female relatives. The baby is named when it is born. There are many details to be observed in a Lahu marriage. Usually the bride lives with the family of her husband. With death, the family of the bereaved fire shots to tell others close to them what has happened and they believe it gets rid of ghosts. Sons and daughters are in mourning for three years for their bereaved parents.

The Lahu worship ancestors but believe a deity is in control. They believe there are two places in heaven: one is a "dead house" where the person dies and that is the end. The other is a "sick house" where a worship ritual enables them to live longer. They go to fortune tellers to ask them about their situation.

The Lahu use the Vietnamese language. They use herbal medicines alongside rituals. They like to play the flute and drums.

Prayer Points
Pray that Vietnamese Christians will go to the Lahu and give them the gospel message.
Pray that the Lahu belief in God will lead them to Jesus Christ.


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Country: Vietnam
Continent: Asia
Region: Asia, Southeast
Persecution Rank:25 (Only top 50 ranked, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
10/40 Window: Yes
Location in Country:Northwest border with Laos, Lai Chau province; Black Lahu north of Muong Te City near China border, at Ban Kiem Tra, Phu Nam Ma, Phu Nam Cau, and Phu Nam Ha; White Lahu in Muong Te, east of Nha Ca, 1 village.
(Source: Ethnologue 2016)
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People Name in Country: Lahu
People Name General: Lahu
Alternate People Names:
Black LahuKaixien
La HuLahuna
NamenRed Lahu
ROP3 Code: 105576
Joshua Project People ID: 12949
Indigenous: No
Population in Country: 12,000
Population all Countries: 586,000
Least-Reached: Yes
Affinity Bloc: Tibetan-Himalayan Peoples
People Cluster: Tibeto-Burman, other
People Name General: Lahu
Ethnic Code: MSY50i
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
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Primary Language: Lahu (12,000 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): lhu    Ethnologue Listing
Primary Dialect:Nyi
Dialect Code:566
Total Languages: 1
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Ethnic Religions
Major Religions:
Buddhism10.00 % 
Christianity5.00 %(Evangelical: 0.04 %)
Ethnic Religions85.00 % 
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 5   Greater than or equal to 5% Evangelical
Bible Translation Status
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Bible Portions: 1924-1962
New Testament:
Complete Bible: 1989-2014
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Audio RecordingsAudio Bible teaching
Audio RecordingsOnline New Testament
Audio RecordingsStory of Jesus audio
Film / VideoGod's Story video
Film / VideoJesus Film: view in Lahu
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Text / Printed MatterBible: Lahu
Text / Printed MatterLiteracy primer for Lahu
Text / Printed MatterThe Ancient Path
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Lahu in Vietnam

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    Tibeto-Burman, other     Asia, Southeast    
      Lahu Vietnam    
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