Kri in Laos

Joshua Project has identified the Kri only in Laos






Largest Religion

Main Language


Introduction / History

The 1995 national census of Laos listed a population of 739 Kri people, living in the Bouarapha District of Khammouan Province.

Interestingly, the Kri were given status as an officially-recognized ethnic group in Laos, despite the fact they are the third smallest such group acknowledged by the Lao authorities. Just why they include some small groups and exclude others is not known. The ethnographic processes and methodology employed by Lao officials and scholars has never been explained to the public.

Little is known about the Kri, who are also known as Salang. "The [Kri] in eastern Khammouan Province, in the Bouarapha District, are called Toong Luang by the Laos. Almost all were made to live normal sedentary lives in 1993 by local authorities." Previously they lived in trees and caves.

The Kri themselves claim "some families migrated to the Ta-Oy District of Saravan Province. These groups pick fruit and gather food in the forests, and move their camps every 3-5 days in search of food. Typical agriculture doesn't interest them."

The area inhabited by the Kri in Khammouan is extremely remote, and still contains numerous tigers. Whole communities live in daily terror of these ferocious beasts.

One early missionary wrote, "When a tiger becomes a man-eater he usually haunts a certain community, living in the neighboring woods and roaming forth into the villages when hungry. In such communities the pigpens and buffalo stalls are usually built of heavy logs. Cats, dogs, and chickens are brought up into the house at nightfall, and the ladder drawn up after them. During the day no person would dare go alone from village to village, but the inhabitants move about in groups of a dozen or more with their long sabres in hand."

Geographic, cultural and linguistic barriers have separated the Kri from all Gospel influence throughout their history. Not only are there no churches in the region, not even a single Kri is known to have placed their faith in Jesus Christ.

Prayer Points

* Pray God would show Himself stronger than the obstacles preventing the Kri from knowing Him.
* Pray Jesus Christ would be lifted up above the Kri people.
* Intercede that the salvation of the Kri, purchased at Calvary, would be manifested among them soon.

Profile Source:   Peoples of Laos, Paul Hattaway  Copyrighted ©   Used with permission  

People Name General Kri
People Name in Country Kri
Population in Laos 1,200
World Population 1,200
Countries 1
Progress Scale 1.1
Least-Reached Yes
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Kree, Salang Kri, Toong Luang
Affinity Bloc Southeast Asian Peoples
People Cluster Mon-Khmer
People Name General Kri
Ethnic Code AUG03z
People ID 11241
Country Laos
Region Southeast Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 28  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Location in Country Khammouan province, Bouarapha district.   Source:  Faces of the Unreached in Laos, 1999
Languages & Dialects on file:  1  (up to 20 largest shown)
Language Unknown (1,200)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Language Unknown 1,200
For Primary Language: Language Unknown

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Translation Need Questionable
Resource Format
None reported  
Primary Religion: Ethnic Religions

Major Religion Percent
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.00 %
Ethnic Religions
100.00 %
0.00 %
0.00 %
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
0.00 %

Christian Segments Percent
0.0 %
0.0 %
0.0 %
Other Christian
0.0 %
0.0 %
Roman Catholic
0.0 %
Photo Source: Asia Harvest   Copyrighted ©   Used with permission
Map Source: Joshua Project / Global Mapping International  
Profile Source: Peoples of Laos, Paul Hattaway  Copyrighted ©   Used with permission  
Data Sources: Data is compiled from various sources. Read more

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