Akha, Tchitcho in Laos

Joshua Project has identified the Akha, Tchitcho only in Laos






Largest Religion

Main Language


Introduction / History

With a population exceeding one thousand people, the Tchitcho Akha live in several communities within the mountains of Luang Namtha Province in northern Laos. They live on the border between the Sing and Long districts in Luang Namtha.

The Tchitcho Akha are considered one of the most distinct of the Akha groups in Laos. Even though the Pouly Akha are near neighbors, one researcher claims "they are different classes of ethnic groups. Pouly and Tchitcho have little in common and no contact or affinity with each other."

An Akha wedding is marked with great festivities, feasting and alcohol consumption. The wedding feast itself lasts for two days. After blessings are pronounced on the new couple, they start their new life together.

Divorce among Akha couples is unfortunately high. If the wife commits adultery, "it is felt that her husband's line has been defiled. For this reason, such conduct almost automatically results in the dissolution of the marriage, with nothing going to the woman except for the clothes she is wearing. The children remain with the father. The man who wronged her is fined, and may be forced to marry her.

If the wife appears to be sterile, the husband may 'send her away' (divorce her). The desire for continuity of the [family] line is so strong that he will soon remarry. If a wife gives birth to only girls, or if all of her children die in infancy, it may be felt that the marriage is not 'correct', and a divorce often ensues. However, a man may take a minor wife instead of resorting to divorce. Divorced people are in a 'taboo relationship'. They must never speak to each other again. In the event of remarriage the estranged husband or wife should have nothing to do with the new partner of the former spouse."

The Tchitcho Akha are another completely unreached group in northern Laos. For generations they have tilled their fields and gone about their daily tasks, completely unaware of the presence of Christianity or the saving grace of Jesus Christ.

The first evangelists to visit the Tchitcho Akha, or most of the other Akha subgroups, will be the first to introduce these precious people to their loving Maker.

Prayer Points

* Pray God would bless and honor the first Christian effort to take the Gospel to the Tchitcho Akha.
* Pray the Name of Jesus Christ would be on the lips of all Akha in Laos.
* Pray the Akha Christians in Myanmar and Thailand would share the Gospel with all Akha in Laos.

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

People Name General Akha, Tchitcho
People Name in Country Akha, Tchitcho
Population in Laos 0
World Population Unknown
Countries 1
Progress Scale 1.1
Least-Reached Yes
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names
Affinity Bloc Tibetan-Himalayan Peoples
People Cluster Hani
People Name General Akha, Tchitcho
Ethnic Code MSY50i
People ID 16137
Country Laos
Region Southeast Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 28  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Location in Country Luang Namtha province, Sing and Long districts.   Source:  Faces of the Unreached in Laos, 1999
Languages & Dialects on file:  1  (up to 20 largest shown)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown

For Main Lanugage: Akha

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions Yes   (1939-1991)
New Testament Yes   (1968-1987)
Complete Bible Yes   (2001)
Audio Bible Online
Resource Format
Audio Bible teaching (GRN) Audio Recordings
God's Story Video Film / Video
Jesus Film: view in Akha Film / Video
Online New Testament (FCBH) Audio Recordings
Online Scripture (Talking Bibles) Audio Recordings
Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project) Audio Recordings
Story of Jesus for Children (JF Project) Film / Video
Primary Religion: Ethnic Religions

Major Religion Percent
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.00 %
Ethnic Religions
100.00 %
0.00 %
0.00 %
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
0.00 %

Christian Segments Percent
0.0 %
0.0 %
0.0 %
Other Christian
0.0 %
0.0 %
Roman Catholic
0.0 %
Photo Source: Henk Sebregts   Copyrighted ©   Used with permission
Map Source: Joshua Project / Global Mapping International  
Profile Source: Peoples of Laos, Paul Hattaway  Copyrighted ©   Used with permission  
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