Pouhoy in Laos

Joshua Project has identified the Pouhoy only in Laos






Largest Religion

Main Language


Introduction / History

The Pouhoy ethnic group in 1995 numbered only "35 families," or approximately 200 people, living in the Kang Village of the Namo District of northern Oudomxai Province.

Even though the Pouhoy believe they are a distinct, unique people group, they have never appeared in any mission lists of Laos and are not counted in census figures for Laos. Laurent Chazee laments that small groups like the Pouhoy are "not even mentioned in official literature."

The Pouhoy are situated very near the Kongsat ethnic group, who are even smaller in size.

One scholar has speculated that the Pouhoy may be "the last remaining remnant of a Mon-Khmer group that migrated to southern Laos long ago and became today's Jeng and Oy." This possibility is strengthened by the fact both the Jeng and Oy claim to have originated far north of their present locations.

Until 1975, the Pouhoy lived under authority of the King in Luang Prabang. Over the centuries, Lao kings had the reputation for being somewhat distant from the people, unlike the present King of Thailand. If the Lao King had been closer to his people's hearts, it is possible they would have rallied around him against Commun-ism. One Lao Buddhist monk, who defected to Thailand in 1976, outlined some of the differences he saw between the Lao and Thai monarchies: "The Lao monarchy had existed for more than six hundred years. But the Lao King differed from the Thai King in his general attitude and behavior. The Lao King never made much contact with the people; he did not go out to see the people in times of distress. Mostly he stayed in his court. So the Lao King was not close to the hearts of the people in the way that the Thai King is. I am Lao, but I never once saw the King of Laos. On the other hand, in the ten years that I spent in Thailand I met the King of Thailand several times. I would also like to point out that the King of Thailand is endowed with three important qualities: he is concerned for the people, he is accessible, and he is brave."

The Pouhoy are animists, with no understanding whatsoever of the claims of Christ.

Prayer Points

* Pray the Pouhoy would soon come to know Him who is King of Kings and Lord of Lords.
* Ask God to prepare the hearts of the Pouhoy to follow Him.
* Pray small groups in Laos such as the Pouhoy would not be forgotten as the church reaches the lost.

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

People Name General Pouhoy
People Name in Country Pouhoy
Population in Laos 300
World Population 300
Countries 1
Progress Scale 1.1
Least-Reached Yes
Unengaged Yes (per Finishing the Task)
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names
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 Oudomxai province, Kang village in Namo district.   Source:  Faces of the Unreached in Laos, 1999

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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)
Language Unknown (300)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Language Unknown 300
For Primary Language: Language Unknown

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

Major Religion Percent
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Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
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Ethnic Religions
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Other / Small
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Christian Segments Percent
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Other Christian
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Roman Catholic
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Photo Source: Peoples of Laos, Paul Hattaway   Copyrighted ©   Used with permission
Profile Source: Peoples of Laos, Paul Hattaway  Copyrighted ©   Used with permission  
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