Tai Dam, Black Tai in United States

Population

4,110

Christian

Evangelical

Largest Religion

Main Language

Progress


Profile Source: Copyright © Operation China, Paul Hattaway


Identity

The Tai Dam (Black Tai) are so named because of the predominant color of their traditional clothing, and also because they live along the banks of the Black River. In China, where they have been included in the official Dai nationality, the Tai Dam are also known as the Jinping Tai after the county they inhabit.

The Tai Dam use an ancient Indic script, which seems to have been the forerunner of the current script used by the Thai people in Thailand. Tai Dam has some intelligibility with Tai Kao.


History

The Tai Dam people are believed to have originated in southern China but gradually migrated into Southeast Asia due to oppression by the Chinese. The Tai Dam even had their own government in north Vietnam for a short time in the 1950s. The spread of smallpox, cholera, tuberculosis, and malaria was rampant among the Tai Dam in the past, decimating entire communities.


Customs

It is common for all the elders of a Tai Dam family to be equally responsible for raising children. Each village is under the control of a Chao Muong, or prince.


Religion

The Tai Dam are one of the few members of the great Tai race never to have embraced Buddhism. They are animists. They believe that "non-human objects have spirits, and that people have multiple souls. These spirits must be appeased so that they might avoid curses and receive blessings." The Tai Dam in Vietnam believe in the King of Heaven who founded the city of Dien Bien Phu, formerly called "Heavenly City" by the Tai Dam. They believe there used to be a vine which reached from the earth to heaven. One mother was upset because her son kept climbing the vine to fellowship with God. She cut the vine and ever since then the Tai Dam have been unable to communicate with God.


Christianity

Several years ago a young Tai Dam man was imprisoned in southern Vietnam. He found Christ through the witness of a Vietnamese pastor, who was incarcerated at the same time for his faith. After his release, the young man returned to his village and shared his new faith. Impressed by the dramatic change in the ex-criminal's life, 753 Tai Dam turned to Christ and were baptized. In contrast to the Tai Dam church in Vietnam, which now numbers several thousand,9 few of their counterparts in China have ever heard the gospel. Translation work is currently under way to bring more of God's Word to the Tai Dam people.



Profile Source: Operation China, Paul Hattaway Copyrighted ©: Yes Used with permission

People Name General Tai Dam, Black Tai
People Name in Country Tai Dam, Black Tai
Population in United States 4,110
Progress Scale 1.2
Least-Reached Yes
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Black Tai, Dai, Black, Do, Jinping Dai, Tai Dam, Tai Den, Tai Do, Tai Noir, Thái, Thai Den, Tribal Tai, Ty Dam
Affinity Bloc Southeast Asian Peoples
People Cluster Tai Dam
People Name General Tai Dam, Black Tai
Ethnic Code MSY49z
Country United States
Region North America and Caribbean
Continent North America
10/40 Window No
Location in Country Des Moines, Iowa

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Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Tai Dam (4,100)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Tai Dam 4,100
Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions Yes   (1982-2000)
New Testament Yes   (2013)
Complete Bible No
Category Resource
Audio Recordings Global Recordings
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Tai Dam

Major Religion Percent
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.10 %)
1.00 %
Ethnic Religions
94.00 %
Hinduism
0.00 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
5.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %

Christian Segments Percent
Anglican
0.0 %
Independent
0.0 %
Orthodox
0.0 %
Other Christian
0.0 %
Protestant
100.0 %
Roman Catholic
0.0 %
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