Bisu in Thailand

The Bisu have only been reported in Thailand
Main Language
Largest Religion
Progress Gauge

Introduction / History

The Bisu share a common history with a larger group of related peoples, including the Mpi, Phunoi, and Pyen in the adjoining areas of Laos and Myanmar. Bisu history has been one of harassment and persecution at the hands of neighboring groups. The Bisu in northern Thailand migrated south along the Mekong River from either Yunnan or Laos earlier this century, encountering hostile peoples wherever they went. Today the Bisu are despised by both the Chinese and Thai majorities who call them a host of derogatory names.

The Bisu firmly hold to their own identity, wear their own distinct dress, and speak their own language. The Bisu in Menghai County are called Laopin or Pin, while those in Lancang and Menglian call themselves Laomian. This suggests possible ethno-linguistic differences between the two areas of Thailand.

What Are Their Lives Like?

Most aspects of Bisu village life revolve around their zealous appeasement of evil spirits. They do all they can to keep peace with the demanding demons. This traps the Bisu in dire poverty, as numerous valuable livestock are wasted in needless sacrifices.

What Are Their Beliefs?

Few groups seem to be so serious in their devotion and so bound in their fear of evil spirits as the Bisu. Every part of the Bisu culture includes spirit appeasement. The Bisu desire to live at peace and believe that ignoring the demons' demands will result in suffering, sickness, and disaster.

What Are Their Needs?

Not many have tried to take the gospel to the Bisu, despite the presence of Lahu and Wa Christians in their part of Thailand. There are a small number of believers in Menglian County, including a few Bisu, but the majority has absolutely no awareness of the gospel. In Thailand the Bisu invited a Christian family to live in their village and to invent a written script for their language. The handful of Bisu who have embraced Christianity have invariably experienced severe persecution from other Bisu in their communities.

Prayer Points

Pray the Bisu would see they do not have to live in slavery to spirits if they put their trust in Jesus Christ.

Pray for the Lord to intervene in their families, calling entire families to his side.

Pray for loving workers.

Pray for their hearts to be drawn to the Lord of lords.

Scripture Prayers for the Bisu in Thailand.


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Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

People Name General Bisu
People Name in Country Bisu
Pronunciation Bee-soo
Population this Country 800
Population all Countries 800
Total Countries 1
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group No
GSEC 1  (per
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
Alternate Names Laomian; Laopin; Mbi; Mbisu; Mibisu; Misu; Pin
People ID 10881
ROP3 Code 101498
Country Thailand
Region Asia, Southeast
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Location in Country Chiang Rai province: Doi Chomphu and Pui Kham villages.   Source:  Ethnologue 2016
Country Thailand
Region Asia, Southeast
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Location in Country Chiang Rai province: Doi Chomphu and Pui Kham villages..   Source:  Ethnologue 2016
Primary Religion: Ethnic Religions
Major Religion Percent
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.80 %
Ethnic Religions
99.20 %
0.00 %
0.00 %
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
0.00 %
Primary Language Bisu (800 speakers)
Language Code bzi   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 1
Primary Language Bisu (800 speakers)
Language Code bzi   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Bisu

Primary Language:  Bisu

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (2015)
Bible-New Testament Yes  (2015-2017)
Bible-Complete No
Bible-NT Audio Online
Bible-NT Text Online
Possible Print Bibles
World Bibles
Forum Bible Agencies
National Bible Societies
World Bible Finder
Virtual Storehouse
Resource Type Resource Name Source
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching Global Recordings Network
Audio Recordings Online New Testament Faith Comes by Hearing
Film / Video God's Story video God's Story
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Bisu Jesus Film Project
Film / Video LUMO film of Gospels Bible Media Group/LUMO
Film / Video Magdalena video Jesus Film Project
General Gospel resources links Scripture Earth
Mobile App Bible app direct APK download SIL
Mobile App Download audio Bible app as APK file Faith Comes by Hearing
Text / Printed Matter Bible: Bisu YouVersion Bibles
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Map Source Joshua Project / Global Mapping International  
Profile Source Joshua Project  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more