Pacoh in Laos


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Main Language
Largest Religion
Christian
Evangelical
Progress
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Introduction / History

Pacoh means, "mountaineers." The Pacoh language is part of the Eastern Mon-Khmer linguistic branch. About 70% of Pacoh are mono-lingual, meaning they cannot speak any other language except their own. Only about 15-25% of Pacoh adults are able to read.


Where Are they Located?

In Laos, the Pacoh inhabit the northern part of Saravan Province (Samouay District) and the southern part of Savannakhet Province (Nong District). These provinces are in an extremely remote mountainous area near the Vietnam border. At least several thousand Pacoh are also located inside Vietnam, where they are part of the official Ta Oi minority.


What Are Their Lives Like?

The Pacoh are slash-and-burn agriculturists. They do not know how to weave, so they buy their clothing from the Kantua and other groups.

The Pacoh live in stilted houses in groups of ten homes, called vel. Each village has a communal house where social activities take place. Men go there to drink, receive guests, and boast about their hunting achievements.

After a long day in the field, the Pacoh love to come together and relax with singing and dancing. Traditional songs, called oat, express their joys and sorrows. They sing of the struggles their forefathers endured and the oppression and hostility they have faced from other ethnic groups who desired to take them as slaves. They have many poems, proverbs and puzzles that tell of the struggle between good and evil, and the true love and dedication between men and women.


What Are Their Beliefs?

The Pacoh are animists. They construct spirit-houses on the outskirts of every village. The Pacoh pray to numerous gods, ghosts and deities for the protection and blessing of their communities, harvests and animals.


What Are Their Needs?

Although there are about 100 Pacoh Christians in Vietnam, none of their counterparts in Laos have believed. The Gospels of Mark and John were translated into Pacoh by missionaries in 1965, but it is not known how many Pacoh in Laos could read it. The Pacoh are people in need of the gospel and a relationship with Jesus Christ.


Prayer Points

Pray for light of the gospel to clearly shine among them, drawing them to truth.
Ask the Lord of Lords to glorify himself among the Pacoh.
Pray for a movement to Christ among the Pacoh people in both Vietnam and Laos.


Scripture Prayers for the Pacoh in Laos.


References

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pacoh_people


Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

People Name General Pacoh
People Name in Country Pacoh
Alternate Names Bo; Bo River Van Kieu; Pako; River Van Kieu; Ta-ôi; Van Kieu
Population this Country 25,000
Population all Countries 45,000
Total Countries 2
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
GSEC 1  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
People ID 14249
ROP3 Code 107730
ROP25 Code 306399
ROP25 Name Pacoh
Country Laos
Region Asia, Southeast
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 21  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Location in Country Saravan and Savannakhet provinces, Samouay and Nong districts.   Source:  Faces of the Unreached in Laos, 1999
Country Laos
Region Asia, Southeast
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 21  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Location in Country Saravan and Savannakhet provinces, Samouay and Nong districts..   Source:  Faces of the Unreached in Laos, 1999
Primary Religion: Ethnic Religions
Major Religion Percent
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.00 %
Ethnic Religions
100.00 %
Hinduism
0.00 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
Primary Language Pacoh (25,000 speakers)
Language Code pac   Ethnologue Listing
Primary Dialect Pahi
Dialect Code 15392   Global Recordings Listing
Language Written Unknown
Total Languages 1
Primary Language Pacoh (25,000 speakers)
Language Code pac   Ethnologue Listing
Primary Dialect Pahi
Dialect Code 15392   Global Recordings Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Pacoh
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