So Tri in Laos

The So Tri have only been reported in Laos
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Introduction / History

The So Tri language is very closely related to So and Bru, so close, in fact, that many linguistic lists do not mention this group.

From an ethnological point of view, however, the So Tri possess a distinct self-identity and ethnicity from the So and the Bru. The fact that the Lao government listed the So Tri separately in the census is significant, as the authorities only acknowledge approximately 60 minority groups throughout the entire nation.

The So Tri live in the south-central part of Khammouan Province in central Laos. They are geographically in the center of the So and Bru people. There seems little doubt that all three groups were once part of the same tribe. Over the centuries, as they split and migrated to different locations, each group developed its own identity, customs and dialect.


What Are Their Lives Like?

Only about one-quarter of So Tri are literate. Most people have never attended school, even at primary level.

Most So Tri are rice farmers. They have borrowed their agricultural techniques from the Lao. Others, living in the mountains, continue to be "slash and burn" communities. They clear land in the forests by burning it off and clearing boulders and trees and live there for several years. When the nutrients in the soil have been used up, they abandon their village and move to another location, where the same process is repeated again. This custom leaves the ground barren and provides poor harvests.

The So Tri do not wear any traditional clothing anymore. In the past So Tri women wore colorful scarves and distinctive dresses, but today they wear the same clothing as the Lao. Other customs such as their long-houses, festivals and religious ceremonies are also in the process of being lost.


What Are Their Beliefs?

Most So Tri are animists, but Theravada Buddhism is growing in prominence because of influence from the Lao and Phutai.

We know very little about the state of Christianity among this group. There may be a few believers, but the majority of So Tri are unevangelized and have no contact with Christians.


What Are Their Needs?

The So Tri people need to put their trust and identity in the hands of the loving God of Creation who sent his son to make it possible for them to enter the Kingdom of God.


Prayer Points

Pray a strong church planting movement would soon emerge in their midst.

Pray for Holy Spirit-anointed believers to come into contact with the So Tri.

Ask God to give the So Tri people an abundant harvest this year as a testimony of his goodness and power.


Scripture Prayers for the So Tri in Laos.


Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

People Name General So Tri
People Name in Country So Tri
Population this Country 12,000
Population all Countries 12,000
Total Countries 1
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
Alternate Names So Trii; Tri
People ID 14967
ROP3 Code 109366
Country Laos
Region Asia, Southeast
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 26  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Location in Country Khammouan province, Xaibouathong district   Source:  Faces of the Unreached in Laos, 1999
Country Laos
Region Asia, Southeast
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 26  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Location in Country Khammouan province, Xaibouathong district.   Source:  Faces of the Unreached in Laos, 1999
Primary Language Bru, Eastern (12,000 speakers)
Language Code bru   Ethnologue Listing
Primary Dialect Tri
Dialect Code 8378   Global Recordings Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 1
Primary Language Bru, Eastern (12,000 speakers)
Language Code bru   Ethnologue Listing
Primary Dialect Tri
Dialect Code 8378   Global Recordings Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Bru, Eastern

Primary Language:  Bru, Eastern

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1968)
Bible-New Testament Yes  (1981-2009)
Bible-Complete Yes  (2014)
Bible-NT Audio Online
Bible-NT Text Online
Possible Print Bibles
Amazon
World Bibles
Forum Bible Agencies
National Bible Societies
World Bible Finder
Virtual Storehouse
Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching
Audio Recordings Online New Testament
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Bru, Eastern
Film / Video LUMO film of Gospels
General Gospel resources links
Mobile App Download audio Bible app as APK file
Mobile App Download audio Bible app as APK file
Mobile App Download audio Bible app from Google Play Store
Text / Printed Matter Bible: Bru, Eastern
Primary Religion: Ethnic Religions
Major Religion Percent
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.05 %)
0.10 %
Ethnic Religions
99.90 %
Hinduism
0.00 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
Christian Segments Percent
Anglican
0.0 %
Independent
10.0 %
Orthodox
0.0 %
Other Christian
0.0 %
Protestant
50.0 %
Roman Catholic
40.0 %
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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