Iu Mien in Thailand


Population
Main Language
Largest Religion
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Introduction / History

The Iu Mien have a long history of fleeing oppression. This explains why the Chinese sometimes call them the Guoshan (Crossing the Mountains) Yao. Linguist Herbert Purnell explains, "The Iu Mien have been profoundly influenced by the Chinese over many centuries of contact. Perhaps the most significant development from these contacts has been the evolution and preservation of Taoist rituals written in Chinese characters. The Iu Mien have therefore possessed for several centuries what many other Asian peoples only dream of—an extensive written literature."


Where Are they Located?

The Iu Mien originated in China, but some were hired to help the French and later the Americans, in their efforts to defeat the communists in Laos and Vietnam. After the communists took over Vietnam in 1975, many fled to the Thailand.


What Are Their Lives Like?

The Iu Mien people are very family oriented, so it must be very difficult when some family members live in Thailand while others remained in communist countries.


What Are Their Beliefs?

The Iu Mien are Taoist who also worship their ancestors. They believe Pan created the heavens and the earth. After the death of King Pan the feudal court allowed his descendants to worship and make a picture of him with human features.


What Are Their Needs?

The Iu Mien need an identity. Their culture is largely shattered. Without a firm identity, people tend to wander into destructive behavior.


Prayer Points

Pray for believers to help the Iu Mien to put their identity in Christ, the one who came to give us life to the full.
Pray for the Iu Mien people to re-discover their culture, but allow it to be redeemed by the teachings of Jesus.
Pray for Christian materials that are in the Iu Mien language to be eagerly embraced.
Pray for a disciple making movement among the Iu Mien that will affect their people no matter where they now live.


Scripture Prayers for the Iu Mien in Thailand.


References

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iu_Mien_people
http://www.globalprayerdigest.org/index.php/issue/day/2009/06/04
http://www.globalprayerdigest.org/index.php/issue/day/2008/07/15
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iu_Mien_Americans


Profile Source:   Keith Carey  

People Name General Iu Mien
People Name in Country Iu Mien
Pronunciation yoo mee-EN
Alternate Names Dao; Guangxi-Yunnan; Guoshan; Guoshan Yao; Highland Yao; Man; Mian; Mien; Myen; Pan Yao; Yao; Yiu Mien; Youmian; Yumian
Population this Country 46,000
Population all Countries 1,681,000
Total Countries 7
Indigenous No
Progress Scale 4
Unreached No
Frontier People Group No
GSEC 4  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Pioneer Workers Needed
People ID 12289
ROP3 Code 104117
ROP25 Code 300794
ROP25 Name Yao (Iu Mien)
Country Thailand
Region Asia, Southeast
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Location in Country Chiang Rai, Phayao, Lampang, Kamphaeng Phet, and Nan provinces; possibly in Chiang Mai and Sukhothai provinces. 159 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, Phayao, Lampang, Kamphaeng Phet, and Nan provinces; possibly in Chiang Mai and Sukhothai provinces. 159 villages..   Source:  Ethnologue 2016
Primary Religion: Ethnic Religions
Major Religion Percent
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 4.60 %)
5.00 %
Ethnic Religions
92.00 %
Hinduism
0.00 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
3.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
Primary Language Iu Mien (46,000 speakers)
Language Code ium   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 1
Primary Language Iu Mien (46,000 speakers)
Language Code ium   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Iu Mien
Photo Source Anonymous 
Map Source Joshua Project / Global Mapping International  
Profile Source Keith Carey 
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