Akha in Vietnam


Population
22,000
Main Language
Largest Religion
Christian
Evangelical
Progress
Progress Gauge

Introduction / History

Most scholars agree that the Akha were originally of Tibetan origin. The Akha have a detailed creation epic poem. Long recitations, committed to memory and handed down from parents to children, are essential for continuing the Akha culture. Among the Akha, it is important for a man to be able to memorize his complete genealogy right back to the first man, Sm Mi O. To be unable to do so is considered a disgrace. The Akha genealogy now covers more than 60 generations.


Where Are they Located?

Most of the Akha people live in China, Myanmar, Thailand, Laos, or Vietnam.


What Are Their Lives Like?

The Akha people own livestock, especially pigs and chickens. Many of them get married at age 12-14. Akha men can have more than one wife.


What Are Their Beliefs?

There are strong bodies of Akha believers in Thailand and Myanmar, but not in Vietnam, China, or Laos. In these countries they cling to their traditional animistic religion that keeps them apart from the living God.


What Are Their Needs?

The depravity of man, the culture, and illiteracy cry out for the transforming power of Christ. Please pray for the salvation of the Akhas!


Prayer Points

* Ask for the Lord of the Harvest to send workers into this field to tell the Akha people that they have been specially created for a unique purpose: to know, love and worship Jesus Christ.
* Pray for the Akhas to become a source of life, turning even their persecutors toward the light of the Savior.
* Pray for a strong discipling ministry that will transform Akha communities in Vietnam into His likeness.


References

http://www.peoplegroups.org/Explore/groupdetails.aspx?peid=11106
https://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Akha
https://www.dreamstime.com/stock-video-footage-sapa-vietnam-may-tribal-native-akha-woman-carry-baby-indigenous-vietnamese-hill-village-video44248679
http://www.peoplesoftheworld.org/text?people=Akha
http://factsanddetails.com/asian/cat66/sub417/item2745.html
http://www.akha.org/content/foodandrecipes/akhafood.html
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Akha_people
http://www.motionelements.com/stock-video-4061459-sapa-vietnam-may-2014-native-akha-man-posing
http://www.peoplesoftheworld.org/text?people=Akha


Profile Source:   Keith Carey  

People Name General Akha
People Name in Country Akha
Population in Vietnam 22,000
World Population 557,000
Total Countries 4
Indigenous No
Unreached Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 1 to 2
Progress Scale 1
GSEC 1  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Alternate Names Ada, Ahka, Aini, Aka, Ak'a, Ekaw, Guoke, Hà Nhì, Ikaw, Ikho, Ikor, Jeu-g'oe, Kaw, Khako, Ko, Ko Phen, Lou Ma, Yani
People ID 10223
ROP3 Code 100185
Country Vietnam
Region Southeast Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 17  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Location in Country Dien Bien, Lao Cai, and Lai Chau provinces.   Source:  Ethnologue 2016
Country Vietnam
Region Southeast Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 17  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Location in Country Dien Bien, Lao Cai, and Lai Chau provinces..   Source:  Ethnologue 2016

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Primary Language Akha
Language Code ahk   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Akha
Primary Language Akha
Language Code ahk   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Akha

Primary Language:  Akha

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes   (1939-1991)
Bible-New Testament Yes   (1968-1987)
Bible-Complete Yes   (2001)
Bible-NT Audio Online
Possible Print Bibles
Amazon National Bible Societies
Forum of Bible Agencies World Bible Finder
Gospel Go World Bibles
Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (GRN)
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)
Primary Religion: Ethnic Religions
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
25.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.30 %)
5.00 %
Ethnic Religions
70.00 %
Hinduism
0.00 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
Christian Segments Percent
Anglican
0.0 %
Independent
5.0 %
Orthodox
0.0 %
Other Christian
0.0 %
Protestant
15.0 %
Roman Catholic
80.0 %
Photo Source Frank Starmer  Creative Commons 
Profile Source Keith Carey  
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