Thai, Northeastern, Isan in Laos



Population

8,900

Christian

Evangelical

0.00%

Largest Religion

Main Language

Progress


Singkorn's Return

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Introduction / History

More than 7,000 Lao Isan people live inside the nation of Laos. The classification of the Isan inside Laos is problematic, as their language is basically identical to Lao, and culturally and socially they are the same.

Despite these similarities, several ethnographic sources list the Lao Isan people in Laos, including Laurent Chazee in his 1995 book. According to Chazee, the Lao Isan are dispersed in the Vientiane Municipality and neighboring parts of the Thaphabai District in Borikhamxai Province; while there are also Lao Isan in southern Laos, including the whole western part of Champasak Province, and near Savannakhet City. The Lao Isan invariably live near the Thai border.

According to Thai sources, there are about 21 million Isan in Thailand, occupying the whole northeast of the country. About one million Isan live in the city of Bangkok. Despite pressure from the Thai government to make Central (Bangkok) Thai the national standard language, 88% of Isan in Thailand speak Isan in their homes, 1% exclusively use Central Thai, and 11% use both. There are a number of Isan migrant workers presently living in Singapore and various Middle East nations.

Isan is a Sanskrit word. They are named after Phra Isuan, also known as Shiva, the Hindu god of Destruction.

Buddhism was introduced to the region at least 1,000 years ago. One commen-tator has stated, "The rural [Isan] is likely to be staunch Buddhist but he is unlikely to have any real understanding of Buddhist doctrine or to be concerned with the long and difficult task of subduing desire and craving. He sees his religion in a much simpler, pragmatic light. He will wish to keep the Five Precepts- don't kill, steal, lie, drink alcohol, or commit adultery- (almost certainly unsuccessfully); and will believe that he should be tolerant, kindly and generous to others. These attitudes will acquire him a good balance of merit, leading he expects, to a better life."

There are estimated to be about 20,000 Isan Christians in Thailand.


Prayer Points

* The Isan are one of the largest blocks of unreached people in the world. Pray God would woo their hearts.
* Ask God to send Isan believers from Thailand as evangelists into Laos.
* Pray the Isan would be disillusioned with Buddhism and would seek to fill the voids in their hearts with Christ.


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

People Name General Thai, Northeastern, Isan
People Name in Country Thai, Northeastern, Isan
Population in Laos 8,900
World Population 17,892,000
Countries 6
Progress Scale 1.1
Least-Reached Yes
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Esan, Esarn, Isaan, Isan, Issan, Khon Tai, Lao Isan, Northeastern Tai, Northeastern Thai, Siamese, Tai Isan, Thai-Khorat
Country Laos
Region Southeast Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 28  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)

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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)
Thai, Northeastern (8,900)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Thai, Northeastern 8,900
For Primary Language: Thai, Northeastern

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions Yes
New Testament No
Complete Bible No
Resource Format
Audio Bible teaching (GRN) Audio Recordings
General Ministry Resources Film / Video
Isaan Language Film Film / Video
Jesus Film: view in Thai, Northeastern Film / Video
My Last Day (Jesus Film Project Anime) Film / Video
Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project) Audio Recordings
The Hope Video Film / Video
Primary Religion: Buddhism

Major Religion Percent
Buddhism
95.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.00 %
Ethnic Religions
5.00 %
Hinduism
0.00 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %

Christian Segments Percent
Anglican
0.0 %
Independent
0.0 %
Orthodox
0.0 %
Other Christian
0.0 %
Protestant
0.0 %
Roman Catholic
0.0 %
Photo Source: Fritz Frankhauser, OMF Intl   Copyrighted ©   Used with permission
Video Source: Create International
Profile Source: Peoples of Laos, Paul Hattaway  Copyrighted ©   Used with permission  
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