Tai Lue in Vietnam


Population
6,000
Christian
Evangelical
Largest Religion
Main Language
Progress
Progress Gauge

Identity

The Tai Lue are part of the official Dai nationality in China. Although the name "Tai" is said with a "t" sound, the Chinese pronounce it as "Dai." One early missionary described them in unflattering terms: "The Lu impressed me as less civilized as any Tai people I had ever met. They are less polite and deferential, more talkative, even rude in their manners. But they are less timid, more sturdy, more hospitable, more receptive."

The Tai Lue possess an ancient script, still used by Buddhists in the region. This profile refers to the Shui (Water) Dai in China who speak a different language from the Han Tai and Huayao Tai.


History

By the ninth century AD, the Tai Lue had a well-developed agricultural system. They used oxen and elephants to till the land and constructed extensive irrigation systems.


Customs

Each year the Tai Lue celebrate the Songkran Festival, when people splash water over each other, symbolizing the cleansing of sin from the previous year and a fresh start for the new year.


Religion

The Tai Lue are Theravada Buddhists. They believe that if they live good lives they will be reborn into a higher social position, but if they are wicked they will come back as degraded animals. At certain times the Tai Lue pay homage to the spirits of those who have contributed greatly to the well-being of their descendants. "Sacrifices are offered to the spirits [and] the village is shut in on itself; all roads and tracks giving access to the community are blocked with barricades of trees and branches the whole village is encircled with ropes made of straw or a line of white cotton thread, to represent symbolically an encircling wall preventing entry or exit. No outsiders of any description, not even monks or members of the elite ruling class, are permitted to attend these rites."


Christianity

Not just physical barriers but also spiritual blockages exist among the Tai Lue. They have proven to be relatively resistant to the gospel. Presbyterian missionary Daniel McGilvary and his coworkers first ventured into Tai Lue territory in 1893 - riding elephants north from their base in Chiang Mai, northern Thailand - and shared the Gospel wherever they went. The first Tai Lue church was formed in the early 1920s. Persecution against the new believers forced them to construct their own village, Bannalee, which remains Christian today. The Tai Lue New Testament was first translated in 1933 and reprinted in 1992 and 1996 for Tai Lue believers in China and Myanmar.


Profile Source:   Operation China, Paul Hattaway  Copyrighted ©   Used with permission  

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Global Prayer Digest: 2006-07-22
People Name General Tai Lue
People Name in Country Tai Lue
Population in Vietnam 6,000
World Population 1,359,000
Total Countries 6
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1.1
Least-Reached Yes
GSEC 1  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Alternate Names Dai Le, Dai Lu, Duon, Kon, Leu, Lự, Lu Ge Zi, Lu Ren, Lue, Lugepo, Nhuon, Pa Hng, Pai-I, Pai-yi, Shui Dai, Sipsongpanna Dai, Washing-Bone Miao, Xishuangbanna, Xishuangbanna Dai, Xishuangbnna Dai
People ID 18566
Country Vietnam
Region Southeast Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 20  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Location in Country North, Lai Chau Province, Binh Lu area.   Source:  Ethnologue 2010
Country Vietnam
Region Southeast Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 20  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Location in Country North, Lai Chau Province, Binh Lu area.   Source:  Ethnologue 2010

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Primary Language: Lu (6,000 speakers)
Language Code: khb   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages: 1
Primary Language: Lu (6,000 speakers)
Language Code: khb   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages: 1
Secondary Languages:
For Primary Language: Lu

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions Yes   (1921-1932)
New Testament Yes   (1933)
Complete Bible No
 
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Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (GRN)
Film / Video God's Story Video
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Lu
Primary Religion: Buddhism

Major Religion Percent
Buddhism
80.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.50 %
Ethnic Religions
19.50 %
Hinduism
0.00 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %

Christian Segments Percent
Anglican
0.0 %
Independent
10.0 %
Orthodox
0.0 %
Other Christian
0.0 %
Protestant
15.0 %
Roman Catholic
75.0 %
Photo Source: Mekong Ministries  
Profile Source: Operation China, Paul Hattaway  Copyrighted ©   Used with permission  
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