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.
Most of the Akha people live in China, Myanmar, Thailand, Laos, or Vietnam.
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.
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.
The depravity of man, the culture, and illiteracy cry out for the transforming power of Christ. Please pray for the salvation of the Akhas!
* 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.
|Profile Source: Keith Carey|
|People Name General||Akha|
|People Name in Country||Akha|
|Population in Vietnam||22,000|
|Pioneer Workers Needed||1|
|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|
|Persecution Rank||18 (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)|
|Location in Country||Dien Bien, Lao Cai, and Lai Chau provinces. Source: Ethnologue 2016|
Primary Language: Akha
|Bible Translation ▲||Status (Years)|
|Bible-New Testament||Yes (1968-1987)|
|Possible Print Bibles|
|Amazon||National Bible Societies|
|Forum of Bible Agencies||World Bible Finder|
|Gospel Go||World Bibles|
|Resource Type ▲||Resource Name||New|
|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)|
|Text / Printed Matter||Bible: Akha||★|
|Primary Religion:||Ethnic Religions|
|Major Religion ▲||Percent *|
|Christianity (Evangelical 0.30 %)||
|Other / Small||
|Christian Segments ▲||Percent|