Laven, Boloven in United States






Largest Religion

Main Language



The Boloven, or Laven, originate in a fertile plateau area in southwestern Laos. The ancestors of the Boloven were part of the great Khmer empire that flourished from the ninth century to the thirteenth century. The influence of Buddhism is clearly seen in Boloven society, but it serves more as a veneer to their traditional ethnic religions, such as ancestor worship and animism. The Boloven believe that ancestral spirits remain actively involved in their lives and should be cared for and fed. They are also strongly influenced by the belief that objects of nature, such as rivers, forests, mountains, and trees are inhabited by spirits who can directly influence the courses of their lives.

Ministry Obstacles

Scripture is not available in the Laven language, and there are no reports of outreach directed toward the Boloven people in the USA.

Outreach Ideas

Gospel recordings are available in the Laven language. Perhaps someone in a church near the Boloven people in the United States will offer a recording to someone in this people group.

Pray for the Followers of Christ

There are no known followers of Jesus among the Boloven people, in either Laos or the United States.

Pray for the Entire People Group

Pray the Boloven people will be able to learn the English language and be able to integrate into American society. Pray for employment opportunities.

Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

People Name General Laven
People Name in Country Laven, Boloven
Population in United States 35,000
World Population 68,000
Countries 2
Progress Scale 1.1
Least-Reached Yes
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Boloven, Brao, Lave, Laveh, La-Ven, Lawa, Lawae, Laweenjru, Love, Loven
Affinity Bloc Southeast Asian Peoples
People Cluster Mon-Khmer
People Name General Laven
Ethnic Code AUG03z
People ID 13013
Country United States
Region North America and Caribbean
Continent North America
10/40 Window No
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Location in Country Stockton CA.   Source:  Ethnologue 2010

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Enthologue Language Map

Languages & Dialects on file:  2  (up to 20 largest shown)
Lave Laven
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Lave Laven
For Primary Language: Laven

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions No
New Testament No
Complete Bible No
Resource Format
Audio Bible teaching (GRN) Audio Recordings
Primary Religion: Ethnic Religions

Major Religion Percent
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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: Peoples of Laos, Paul Hattaway   Copyrighted ©   Used with permission
Profile Source: Joshua Project  
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