Thai, Central in Spain


Population
1,400
Main Language
Largest Religion
Christian
Evangelical
Progress
Progress Gauge

Introduction / History

Centuries ago the Thai lived north of Yangtzekiang in China. Relentless pressure by the Chinese gradually forced them southward. They conquered many peoples and cultures as they sought a new homeland, and by the 10th century they had settled in what is now central Thailand. A bloodless revolution in 1932, led by westernized intellectuals, instituted a democratic constitutional monarchy. The Central Thai speak Thai, the official language of Thailand.

In the 1970s, when many Southeast Asian countries were enduring with Communist revolutions and war, Thailand remained stable. For this reason, there are fewer Thai than Vietnamese or Cambodians who left Southeast Asia for the West. The Thai who have moved to countries like Spain usually have done so for education or business.


Where Are they Located?

Most Central Thai people live in Thailand, or other Southeast Asian countries. Thai restaurants are popular throughout Western nations like Spain. Barcelona is one of the key places where Thai people live in Spain.


What Are Their Lives Like?

Some work in the restaurant industry, serving the popular, spicy Thai food in Spain's urban centers.


What Are Their Beliefs?

Theravada Buddhism was introduced in Thailand in 329 B.C. Almost all of the Thai are followers of Buddha ("the enlightened one") and seek to eliminate suffering and improve their future by gaining merit in pursuit of perfect peace, or nirvana. They commonly believe that to be Thai is to be a Buddhist; there is no other way for them. They blur the distinctions between various religious leaders. Today, Buddhism is the central and unifying force in Thai society and even maintains social control. Though Buddhism is a unifying cultural force for the Thai people in Spain, there are some Christians among this population.


What Are Their Needs?

The Thai do not suffer from the baggage of coming from a war-torn land like many other people groups in Europe. However, they suffer spiritually from not having a loving God who would do anything to help them to flourish.


Prayer Points

* Ask God to raise prayer teams who will begin breaking up the soil through worship and intercession.
* Pray that God will grant wisdom and favor to the mission agencies that are currently ministering to the Thai people in Europe.
* Ask the Lord to raise up strong indigenous churches and a disciple making movement among the Thai people in Spain.


References

https://joshuaproject.net/people_groups/11277/TH
https://joshuaproject.net/people_groups/11277/DA
https://www.tripadvisor.com/ShowUserReviews-g187497-d6959209-r242818855-Banna-Barcelona_Catalonia.html


Profile Source:   Keith Carey  

People Name General Thai, Central
People Name in Country Thai, Central
Population in Spain 1,400
World Population 20,385,600
Total Countries 25
Indigenous No
Unreached Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
Progress Scale 1
Alternate Names Bangkok Thai, Central Tai, Khon Tai, Lao Song, Siamese, Siamese Thai, Tai Noi, Thai Khom, Thai Klang, Thai Song
People ID 11277
ROP3 Code 101940
Country Spain
Region Western Europe
Continent Europe
10/40 Window No
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Country Spain
Region Western Europe
Continent Europe
10/40 Window No
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank Not ranked

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Ethnologue Language Map

Primary Language Thai (1,400 speakers)
Language Code tha   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Thai
Primary Language Thai (1,400 speakers)
Language Code tha   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Thai

Primary Language:  Thai

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes   (1834-1967)
Bible-New Testament Yes   (1843-1977)
Bible-Complete Yes   (1883-2011)
Bible-NT Audio Online
Bible-NT Text 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 Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video Come to Me (Indigitube.tv)
Film / Video Creation to Christ (Indigitube.tv)
Film / Video Father's Love Letter (Indigitube.tv)
Film / Video Fathers Love Letter
Film / Video God's Story Video
Film / Video GodMan in Thai (Indigitube.tv)
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Thai
Film / Video Magdalena (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video My Last Day (Jesus Film Project Anime)
Film / Video Story of Jesus for Children (JF Project)
Film / Video Thai Contextual Gathering (Indigitube.tv)
Film / Video The Hope Video
Film / Video The Prophets Story (Indigitube.tv)
General Bible Visuals
General Four Spiritual Laws
General God's Simple Plan
General Got Questions Ministry
Primary Religion: Buddhism
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
98.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 1.00 %)
2.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
0.00 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
Christian Segments Percent
Anglican
Unknown
Independent
Unknown
Orthodox
Unknown
Other Christian
Unknown
Protestant
Unknown
Roman Catholic
Unknown
Photo Source Copyrighted © 2017  Peoples of Laos, Paul Hattaway  All rights reserved.  Used with permission
Profile Source Keith Carey  
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