Chut in Vietnam


Population
5,700
Christian
Evangelical
Largest Religion
Main Language
Progress
Progress Gauge

Introduction / History

Possibly as many as 700 people of the May ethnic group live in a remote area along the Laos-Vietnam border in the Bouarapha District of Khammouan Province. Wurm and Hattori, in their 1981 Language Atlas of the Pacific Area, listed a total population of 1,500 May in Laos and Vietnam. Their location has been given as "both sides of the Vietnam-Laos border, east of Phuc Trac, southeast of the Arem."

The May are part of a larger group called Chut. These days, most of the different tribes of Chut speak one language, but in the past they spoke different dialects and fought with each other. Still today, however, each group carries its own ethnicity and customs. In Laos, the May were officially counted in the 1995 census under the Xaek (Sach) ethnic group.

The name May means 'beggar' in their own language, which is part of the Viet-Muong branch of Mon-Khmer.

The several different tribes of Chut in Laos are called Kha Tong Luang ('Yellow-Leaf People') by local people because they used to build temporary shelters made of banana leaves, and moved on when the leaves had yellowed and withered. This has led to a great deal confusion among researchers and ethnographers because there are two other groups in Laos who practice the same custom. We have named these other two groups Mlabri and Aheu.

May women are experts at finding edible roots, snails, vegetables and mushrooms on the forest floor. May men hunt small game using traps and crossbows with poisoned arrows. Dogs are also used to track animals during large-scale hunting expeditions.

When a May dies, the corpse is kept inside the house for three days. Mourners present offerings of food to the soul of the deceased. After three days the corpse is placed in a grave, which is filled with soil until a mound of dirt remains above ground.

The various Chut tribes share a common belief in a Creator God. They take great care to recite their legends to future generations in stories and folk-songs called ka-tum and ka-lenh.


Prayer Points

* Pray the May would soon be introduced to their loving Creator, who longs to be in relationship with them.
* Ask God to send His workers to the May in both Laos and Vietnam.
* Pray the May may no longer be known as beggars, but as children of the King and joint-heirs with Christ.


Profile Source:   Peoples of Laos, Paul Hattaway  Copyrighted ©   Used with permission  

People Name General Chut
People Name in Country Chut
Population in Vietnam 5,700
World Population 6,100
Total Countries 2
Indigenous Yes
Unreached Yes
Unengaged Yes (per Finishing the Task)
Progress Scale 1
GSEC 0  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Alternate Names Churi, Chứt, May
People ID 13601
ROP3 Code 106436
Country Vietnam
Region Southeast Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 20  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Location in Country Quang Binh province, Thuong Hoa, Hoa Son, Dan Hoa communes, near Laos border at the same latitude as Mu Gia Pass.   Source:  Ethnologue 2016
Country Vietnam
Region Southeast Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 20  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Location in Country Quang Binh province, Thuong Hoa, Hoa Son, Dan Hoa communes, near Laos border at the same latitude as Mu Gia Pass..   Source:  Ethnologue 2016

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Primary Language: Chut (5,700 speakers)   People group listing
Language Code: scb   Ethnologue Listing
Written: Unknown
Total Languages: 1
Primary Language: Chut (5,700 speakers)   People group listing
Language Code: scb   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages: 1
Primary Language: Chut

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions No
New Testament No
Complete Bible No
Resource Type Resource Name
None reported  
Primary Religion: Ethnic Religions

Major Religion Percent
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.50 %
Ethnic Religions
99.50 %
Hinduism
0.00 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
Christian Segments Percent
Anglican
0.0 %
Independent
15.0 %
Orthodox
0.0 %
Other Christian
0.0 %
Protestant
15.0 %
Roman Catholic
70.0 %
Photo Source: Asia Harvest   Copyrighted ©   Used with permission
Profile Source: Peoples of Laos, Paul Hattaway  Copyrighted ©   Used with permission  
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