The Tai Nua are historically part of the great Tai race of Asia, which dispersed during the past millennia to now inhabit parts of China, Laos, Vietnam, Myanmar, India, and Thailand.
Although the Tai Nua are part of the official Dai nationality in China, they speak their own distinct language. They should not be confused with the identically named but different Tai Nua of Laos. Linguists have pointed out that Tai Nua is "a name given to at least two quite different southwestern branch groups." The Tai Nua profiled here are members of the Southwestern branch of the Tai language family, while the Tai Mao language spoken throughout Dehong Prefecture is similar to the Shan language of Myanmar.
This Tai Nua group is mostly found in southern China, but also in northern Vietnam and Myanmar.
After a Tai Nua wedding ceremony the bridegroom goes to live with his bride's family. Traditionally he must take with him gifts of tea, rice, meat, bananas, four eggs, and two salted fish for his new in-laws. Upon arrival, the village elder takes the packets of tea and rice out to the road and calls on the spirits of heaven and earth to witness the marriage. He then ties a white thread seven times around the wrist of the bride and once around the wrist of the groom to indicate their unbreakable commitment to each other.
Although they are nominally Theravada Buddhists, the Tai Nua have many aspects of animism and polytheism mixed into their beliefs. The very first Tai god was Shalou, the god of hunting. Before a hunt, they offered sacrifices to Shalou to avert danger and to ensure success in the hunt.
The Tai Nua people need to hear that Jesus Christ offers them so much more than the spirit world ever can offer them.
* Scripture Prayers for the Tai Nua, Chinese Shan in Vietnam.
* Pray for at least 12 pioneer workers to go to the Tai Nua people in Vietnam with the gospel.
* Pray for openness to the gospel among Tai Nua elders and commoners.
* Pray for the Lord to send dreams and visions of the Risen Christ to these people who have very little chance to hear His name.
* Pray for a disciple making movement to transform Tai Nua communities.
|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||109,000|
|Population all Countries||723,000|
|Progress Scale||1 ●|
|Frontier People Group||No|
|Pioneer Workers Needed||2|
|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||19 (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)|
|Location in Country||Son La province: near the Laos border area. Source: Ethnologue 2016|
Primary Language: Tai Nua
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|Text / Printed Matter||World Missionary Press Booklets|
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