Tai Hang Tong in Vietnam

Joshua Project has identified the Tai Hang Tong only in Vietnam





Largest Religion

Main Language



The Hang Tong Tai people group is one of several subgroups of Thai in Vietnam, each speaking its own language. The Thai groups of Vietnam are only distantly related to the Thai groups of Thailand, and speak different, but somewhat related, languages. Each Thai group has its own customs and histories. They are from the mountainous northern regions of Vietnam. The Hang Tong Tai are not majority Buddhist as are many Thai groups, but instead are animists. They believe that non-human objects have spirits, and believe that people have multiple souls. The spirits must be appeased in order to be blessed and not be cursed.

Ministry Obstacles

No scripture or other Christian resources have been reported in the language of the Tai Hang Tong. There aren't many speakers, and resources may not be available for a long time.

Outreach Ideas

Some have said that Animism is a "pre-Christian" religion, that animistic beliefs can serve as forerunners to Christian beliefs. But Christian workers are needed to help the Thai make this major change in their thinking.

Pray for the Followers of Christ

There are indications there may be a few Christians among the Tai Hang Tong. Please pray the Lord will help them come to a clear understanding of how to know Him and walk with Him, not mixing animistic beliefs with the purity of the Gospel.

Pray for the Entire People Group

Please pray this small Thai group will be set free from living in fear of created beings and imaginary beings, and come to live in confidence with the God who loves them.

Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

People Name General Tai Hang Tong
People Name in Country Tai Hang Tong
Population in Vietnam 12,000
World Population 12,000
Countries 1
Progress Scale 1.2
Least-Reached Yes
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Thái
Affinity Bloc Southeast Asian Peoples
People Cluster Tai
People Name General Tai Hang Tong
Ethnic Code MSY49a
People ID 15188
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 North.   Source:  Ethnologue 2010

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Languages & Dialects on file:  1  (up to 20 largest shown)
Tai Hang Tong (12,000)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Tai Hang Tong 12,000
For Primary Language: Tai Hang Tong

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions No
New Testament No
Complete Bible No
Resource Format
None reported  
Primary Religion: Ethnic Religions

Major Religion Percent
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.10 %)
1.00 %
Ethnic Religions
98.00 %
0.00 %
0.00 %
0.00 %
Other / Small
1.00 %
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: Joshua Project  
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