Sedang in Vietnam





Largest Religion

Main Language


Introduction / History

The 1995 national census of Laos listed 786 Sedang people, living in two communities in the Sanxai and Phouvong districts of Attapu Province. The Sedang live in the extreme southeast corner of Laos, near the juncture of Laos, Vietnam and Cambodia.

The great majority of Sedang (more than 100,000) live in Vietnam, primarily in Kon Tum Province. In Laos, the Sedang language is related to Halang and Halang Doan, but each of these three groups has a separate ethnic name and lives in a different area.

A communal house is located in the middle of each Sedang village. All social activities revolve around it. On its roof are two sharp objects that resemble large sails or axe-heads. Animal horns are also placed on the corners of the roofs. The communal houses are built entirely with the wood of trees that grow in the area.

In the past, the Sedang fruquently made human sacrifices to demons. A visitor in the 1890's recorded, "When they build a communal house they place a living slave, usually a prisoner of war, into the hole into which the main column will be driven."

Some of the Sedang claim to have a legend of a great flood long ago that destroyed the earth's inhabitants. Only one brother and sister survived. They say that the Creator God caused the flood because He was upset at the increase of wickedness and debauchery among humans.

Catholic mission work among the Sedang in Vietnam dates back to the 1850's. The godly witness of the Catholic workers won many Sedang to Christ. In 1891, it was written of Father Guerlach, "His face, full of refinement and energy, expresses openness and captivates one at first sight. His manners are those of a true soldier of Christ, tempered by a great gentleness.... One may encounter him, on hills and roads, with a rifle in one hand, the Bible in the other, going to any place where there is a soul to be saved.... When he arrives in a village, the faces of the savages light up, children come running and all happily greet him."

Today the Sedang in Laos do not know this Supreme Being. There are some 5,000 Sedang believers in Vietnam, but none among the Sedang in Laos.

Prayer Points

* Pray the small number of Sedang Christians in Vietnam would find a way to reach their cousins in Laos.
* Ask God to raise up laborers to plant churches among the Sedang.
* Pray many Sedang would listen to the Sedang-language Gospel broadcasts aired by FEBC.

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

People Name General Sedang
People Name in Country Sedang
Population in Vietnam 122,000
World Population 123,000
Countries 2
Progress Scale 2.2
Least-Reached No
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Cadong, Hadang, Hotea, Rotea, Tang, Xo Dang, Xơ-đăng
Affinity Bloc Southeast Asian Peoples
People Cluster Mon-Khmer
People Name General Sedang
Ethnic Code AUG03z
People ID 14810
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 Kon Tum, Quang Nam-Da Nang, Quang Ngai, and Binh Dinh provinces..   Source:  Peoples of Vietnam, 1998

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Enthologue Language Map

Ethnolinguistic map from University of Texas or other map

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

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
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 1.55 %)
15.00 %
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 %
15.0 %
Roman Catholic
80.0 %
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Profile Source: Peoples of Laos, Paul Hattaway  Copyrighted ©   Used with permission  
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