Lahu in Vietnam





Largest Religion

Main Language


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Source:  Asia Harvest      Download

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.


Profile Source:   Anonymous  

People Name General Lahu (La-hoo)
People Name in Country Lahu
Population in Vietnam 11,000
World Population 579,000
Countries 5
Progress Scale 1.2
Least-Reached Yes
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Black Lahu, Kaixien, La Hủ, Lahuna, Laku, Launa, Lohei, Luohei, Mooso, Muhso, Mussar, Musso, Mussuh, Mussur, Namen, Red Lahu, White Lahu
Affinity Bloc Tibetan-Himalayan Peoples
People Cluster Tibeto-Burman, other
People Name General Lahu (La-hoo)
Ethnic Code MSY50i
People ID 12949
Country Vietnam
Region Southeast Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 16  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Location in Country Northwest Region.   Source:  Highland Education Development Organisation

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Enthologue Language Map

Ethnolinguistic map from University of Texas or other map

Languages & Dialects on file:  1  (up to 20 largest shown)
Lahu: Nyi (11,000)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Lahu: Nyi 11,000
For Primary Language: Lahu

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions Yes   (1924-1962)
New Testament Yes   (1932-1962)
Complete Bible Yes   (1989)
Audio Bible Online
Resource Format
Audio Bible teaching (GRN) Audio Recordings
Bible: Lahu Bible Text / Printed Matter
God's Story Video Film / Video
Jesus Film: view in Lahu Film / Video
Online New Testament (FCBH) Audio Recordings
Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project) Audio Recordings
World Missionary Press Booklets Text / Printed Matter
Primary Religion: Ethnic Religions

Major Religion Percent
10.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.30 %)
5.00 %
Ethnic Religions
85.00 %
0.00 %
0.00 %
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
0.00 %

Christian Segments Percent
0.0 %
5.0 %
0.0 %
Other Christian
0.0 %
20.0 %
Roman Catholic
75.0 %
Photo Source: Anonymous  
Video Source: Asia Harvest
Profile Source: Anonymous  
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