Hmong Daw in Laos





Largest Religion

Main Language


The Miao

Source:  Asia Harvest      Download

Introduction / History

More than 150,000 Hmong Daw ('White Hmong') live scattered across more than 12 provinces of northern Laos. The Hmong Daw are usually found living at the top of the highest mountains in a particular area. The Hmong Daw have also been dispersed throughout many nations of the world. More than 230,000 live in Vietnam, 220,000 in China, 70,000 in the United States, 60,000 in Thailand, while significant Hmong Daw refugee communities are also found in France, Canada, Australia and French Guiana.

Because the Hmong helped the CIA during the Vietnam War, many refugees were allowed into the United States after 1975.

The Hmong Daw and the Hmong Njua are the only two Hmong groups in Laos. The two often live alongside each other. The Hmong Daw seem to be the dominant culture of the two. Despite their similarities, the Hmong Daw and Hmong Njua speak different dialects and practice different customs. There continues to be a measure of inter-group rivalry and tension between them.

In recent years there has been a tremendous turning to Christ among the Hmong Daw in Vietnam and southern China. Mostly because of Gospel radio broadcasts in the Hmong Daw language, some 100,000 have become Christian. Strangely, however, the revival has not impacted the Hmong Daw in Laos, even though they are able to listen to the same broadcasts. Today there are no more than 1,500 Hmong Daw believers in Laos, out of a total of only 2,500 Hmong Christians.

The recent radio revival is not the first impact this form of media has had among the Hmong Daw. In the mid-1950's whole Hmong Daw villages in Laos accepted Christ after hearing the Gospel on the radio.

Prior to the advent of Communism in 1975, around 10% of Hmong in Laos were Christians, most of whom belonged to churches affiliated with the Christian and Missionary Alliance. Almost all of these believers, fearing for their lives, fled Laos as the Communists took control of the country. Today they are scattered throughout Thailand and Western nations, leaving behind only a small Hmong Daw church in Laos.

Prayer Points

* Pray the revival among the Hmong Daw in Vietnam and China would also impact the Hmong Daw in Laos.
* Ask God to raise up laborers to plant churches among the Hmong Daw.
* Pray that many of the Christians who fled Laos in 1975 would visit their relatives and share Christ with them.

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

Prayer Links
Global Prayer Digest: 2012-05-23
People Name General Hmong Daw (Hmong-Doh)
People Name in Country Hmong Daw
Population in Laos 256,000
World Population 1,472,000
Countries 7
Progress Scale 3.1
Least-Reached No
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Bai Hmong, Bai Miao, Guiyang Southern, Hmong, H'mông (Mèo), Hmong Der, Hmong Qua Mpa, Hmu, Lao-Soung, Man Trang, Meo Do, Meo Kao, Meo Trang/Kao, Miao, Mieu Toc, Mong, Peh Miao, Southern Guiyang, Striped Hmong, Striped Miao, White Hmong, White Lum, White Meo, White Miao
Affinity Bloc Southeast Asian Peoples
People Cluster Miao / Hmong
People Name General Hmong Daw (Hmong-Doh)
Ethnic Code MSY47a
People ID 12112
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 North.   Source:  Ethnologue 2010
Languages & Dialects on file:  1  (up to 20 largest shown)
Hmong Daw (256,000)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Hmong Daw 256,000
For Primary Language: Hmong Daw

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions Yes   (1922-1984)
New Testament Yes   (1975-1984)
Complete Bible Yes   (2000)
Audio Bible Online
Resource Format
Audio Bible teaching (GRN) Audio Recordings
Bible-in-Your-Language Text / Printed Matter
God's Story Video Film / Video
Got Questions Ministry General
Jesus Film: view in Hmong Daw Film / Video
Online New Testament (FCBH) Audio Recordings
Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project) Audio Recordings
Primary Religion: Ethnic Religions

Major Religion Percent
2.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 3.00 %)
4.00 %
Ethnic Religions
90.00 %
0.00 %
0.00 %
4.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
0.00 %

Christian Segments Percent
0.0 %
0.0 %
0.0 %
Other Christian
0.0 %
70.0 %
Roman Catholic
30.0 %
Photo Source: Operation China, Paul Hattaway   Copyrighted ©   Used with permission
Map Source: Anonymous  
Video Source: Asia Harvest
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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