Akha, Luma in Laos

Joshua Project has identified the Akha, Luma only in Laos

Population

77,700

Christian

3.0%

Evangelical

0.80%

Largest Religion

Main Language

Progress


Profile Source: Peoples of Laos, Paul Hattaway


Introduction / History

Numbering about 2,500 people, the Luma Akha inhabit several villages in the Boun-Tai District of Phongsali Province in northern Laos. They live almost directly on the Laos-Myanmar border, near the Eupa Akha. Even though they acknowledge histor-ical kinship with the Eupa Akha, the Luma Akha have little to do with them.

Despite their close proximity to Myanmar, it is believed that almost all of the Akha now living in Laos migrated south from China. Only one or two small groups are believed to have entered Laos from Myanmar. The area inhabited by the Luma Akha is north of the infamous Golden Triangle, where the nations of Laos, Myanmar and Thailand meet. The Golden Triangle has long had a reputation as one of the main drug-producing areas in the world. Today, one in ten Akha are said to be addicted to opium.

In addition to being able to recite their long genealogies, which reach back more than 60 generations, the Akha are also able to remember the migration routes their ancestors took to arrive at their present locations. "The farther back they go with their recitation of the names of forefathers and former dwelling places, the fuzzier the picture becomes. Even so, Akha from China, Burma, Thailand, and Laos, basically agree in their repetition of genealogy and migration routes. This is amazing for people who have no written language, and are spread over so vast an area."

The Luma Akha are animists and ancestor worshippers. One Burmese evangelist, when he visited an Akha village in Myanmar, reported, "As we approached the village, we saw evidence that the battle we would be fighting was spiritual, not physical. Above the entrance way to the village were animal skulls and demonic symbols. There were certain altars around the perimeter of the village still fresh with blood from sacrificed dogs, goats and chickens. Dog intestines had been placed around the village in an attempt to placate the evil spirits."

Many tourists and visitors to the Akha do not realize the deep spiritual bondage to spirits they live under, which explains why thousands of Akha have embraced Christ in Thailand and Myanmar. In Laos, however, most have yet to hear.


Prayer Points

* Pray for open roads for the flow of the gospel.
* Ask God to raise up laborers to plant churches among the Luma Akha.
* Pray that the Kingdom of God would soon come among the Luma Akha, that many would find new life.



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

People Name General Akha, Luma
People Name in Country Akha, Luma
Population in Laos 77,700
Progress Scale 1.2
Least-Reached Yes
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names
Affinity Bloc Tibetan-Himalayan Peoples
People Cluster Hani
People Name General Akha, Luma
Ethnic Code MSY50i
Country Laos
Continent Asia
Region Southeast Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Location in Country Phongsali province, Boun-Tai district
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Akha (78,000)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Akha 78,000
Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions Yes   (1939-1991)
New Testament Yes   (1968-1987)
Complete Bible Yes   (2001)
Audio Bible Online
Category Resource
Audio Recordings Global Recordings
Audio Recordings Online New Testament (FCBH)
Audio Recordings Online scripture (Talking Bibles)
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video God's Story Video
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Akha
Film / Video Story of Jesus for Children (JF Project)
Largest Religion Ethnic Religions
Buddhism
35.00%
Christianity
3.0%    ( Evangelical  0.80% )
Ethnic Religions
62.00%
Hinduism
0.00%
Islam
0.00%
Non-Religious
0.00%
Other / Small
0.00%
Unknown
0.00%
Christian Segments
Anglican
0.00%
Independent
0.00%
Protestant
70.00%
Orthodox
0.00%
Other Christian
0.00%
Roman Catholic
30.00%
Photo Source: Henk Sebregts © Copyrighted Used with permission
Map Source: Joshua Project / Global Mapping International
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