Khmu, Lu in Laos

Joshua Project has identified the Khmu, Lu only in Laos





Largest Religion

Main Language


Introduction / History

French ethnographer Laurent Chazee listed a 1995 population of 20,000 Khmu Lu people in Laos. They are concentrated in the western part of Oudomxai Province (Xay and Namo districts), and the adjoining eastern part of Luang Namtha Province (Nale District). A small Diaspora community of Khmu Lu live in the Houayxay District of Bokeo Province.

The Khmu Lu prefer to live in forests at the base of mountains. Their homes are constructed near a river or stream so that they can easily access water. Most of their villages are situated 400-800 meters (1,310-2,620 feet) above sea-level.

The homes of the Khmu Lu are rectangular in shape. At the left-center of the entrance to the house is the family's ancestral altar.

The language of the Khmu Lu is part of the Mon-Khmer family. Although the Khmu Lu have different dress, customs and traditions from the Khmu Ou, people from the two groups speak the same language and can communicate without difficulty. The Khmu Lu, however, cannot understand the Khmu Keun, Rok or Me languages.

Animism is the predominant religion among the Khmu Lu. Among a host of different spirits they worship are the spirits of the house, forest, parents, fire and water. Healing ceremonies are held during times of hardship or sickness. Chickens and pigs are sacrificed to placate any angry spirits that may be causing the distress.

The Khmu do not like the spirits, but worship them out of fear. One missionary who visited them in 1902 wrote, "We found that the report had gone throughout all the Kamu country...that some of the Kamu in the region of M. Sai had cast off spirits and accepted Christ, and yet the spirits had not bitten them. Instead of engendering opposition, in the majority of places we visited we found that this report had begotten hope and a desire for the same freedom from the yoke of the spirits. Many heathen Kamu told us that in their opinion the spirits do not benefit them; they only burden them...whole villages told us that if we will come next year early enough in the season to teach them any length of time, they will enter Christianity en masse." Most Khmu Lu are still waiting to be set free.

Prayer Points

* Pray the Khmu Lu would soon be freed from their chains of fear and slavery to demons.
* Ask God to give eternal life to thousands of Khmu Lu.
* Pray the Khmu Lu would soon have the opportunity to embrace Christ. Most have yet to hear the Gospel.

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

People Name General Khmu, Lu (Keh-Mu)
People Name in Country Khmu, Lu
Population in Laos 0
World Population Unknown
Countries 1
Progress Scale 1.2
Least-Reached Yes
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names
Affinity Bloc Southeast Asian Peoples
People Cluster Mon-Khmer
People Name General Khmu, Lu (Keh-Mu)
Ethnic Code AUG03z
People ID 16141
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 Oudomxai, Luang Namtha, and Bokeo provinces.   Source:  Faces of the Unreached in Laos, 1999
Languages & Dialects on file:  1  (up to 20 largest shown)
Khmu: Lyy
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Khmu: Lyy
For Primary Language: Khmu

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions Yes   (1918)
New Testament No
Complete Bible No
Resource Format
Audio Bible teaching (GRN) Audio Recordings
Jesus Film: view in Khmu Film / Video
Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project) Audio Recordings
Primary Religion: Ethnic Religions

Major Religion Percent
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.89 %)
1.00 %
Ethnic Religions
99.00 %
0.00 %
0.00 %
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
0.00 %

Christian Segments Percent
0.0 %
10.0 %
0.0 %
Other Christian
0.0 %
60.0 %
Roman Catholic
30.0 %
Photo Source: Peoples of Laos, Paul Hattaway   Copyrighted ©   Used with permission
Map Source: Joshua Project / Global Mapping International  
Profile Source: Peoples of Laos, Paul Hattaway  Copyrighted ©   Used with permission  
Data Sources: Data is compiled from various sources. Read more

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