The Tai Nua in Laos migrated from China about 200 years ago. At that time they were assimilated with the Lao and Lu peoples. Today, their culture is only distinct in Phongali Province in Laos. They seem to be blending in with similar people groups elsewhere. To make matters more confusing, there is a larger people group by the same name in China, Vietnam and Thailand.
This people group lives mainly in the Phongali Province of Laos. They might also live in four other provinces as well.
Each Tai Nua clan has their own totem which gives them a separate identity. These totems are based on a different sacred bird. Everyone must marry outside their clan, and even their village. Today some of them can marry people from similar people groups. Those with wealth and prestige could marry more than one wife, but this practice was banned by the Laotian government in 1985.
Although they are nominally Theravada Buddhists, the Tai Nua have many aspects of animism and polytheism mixed into their beliefs. They worship a number of protective spirits both on an individual and a family basis.
The Tai Nua people need to come in contact with people who live out the victorious Christian life and show others how to do the same.
* Scripture Prayers for the Tai Nua, Chinese Shan in Laos.
Pray for His kingdom to come and His will to be done among the Tai Nua people in Laos.
Pray for a movement of Tai Nua households to study the Bible and accept the blessings of Christ.
Pray for a spiritual hunger that will drive the Tai Nua people to the arms of Jesus.
Pray for workers who are filled with the fruit and the power of the Holy Spirit to go to the Tai Nua people.
"Faces of the Unreached in Laos" by Paul Hattaway
|Profile Source: Keith Carey|
|People Name General||Tai Nua, Chinese Shan|
|People Name in Country||Tai Nua, Chinese Shan|
|Natural Name||Tai Nua|
|Population this Country||15,000|
|Population all Countries||723,000|
|Progress Scale||1 ●|
|Frontier People Group||Yes|
|GSEC||1 (per PeopleGroups.org)|
|Pioneer Workers Needed||1|
|Alternate Names||Chinese Shan; Dai; Dai Kong; Dai Le; Dai Loe; Dai Mao; Dai Mo; Dai Na; Dai Nue; Dai Nuea; Dehong; Dungan; Eastern Shan; Hakka; Han Chinese; Han-Paiyi; Kang; Kong; Loe; Mandarin; Mao Shan; Maw; Northern Shan; Nua; Paiyi; Shan Tayok; Tai Che; Tai Khe; Tai Kong; Tai Le; Tai Loe; Tai Neua; Tai Nua; Tai Nue; Tai Nuea; Tai Yai; Yunnanese|
|Persecution Rank||26 (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)|
|Location in Country||Bolikhamxai, Houaphan, Viangchan, Xaisomboun, and Xiangkhoang provinces. Source: Ethnologue 2016|
Primary Language: Tai Nua
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|Audio Recordings||Audio Bible teaching|
|Text / Printed Matter||Topical Scripture booklets and Bible studies|
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