The Tamoy speak a Mon-Khmer language. Although it has yet to be studied at depth, it may be related to Khmu and Lamet.
A small number of ethnic Tamoy people live in a few villages within the Viangphoukha District in Laos’ Luang Namtha Province. Most sources have never listed the Tamoy people in Laos, even though they are known as a distinct ethnicity by themselves and their neighbors.
There are very few Tamoy people in Laos today.
The Tamoy, along with almost every other Mon-Khmer group in Laos, are animists. Theravada Buddhism has also influenced them, although you won’t find temples or Buddhist altars in Tamoy villages.
The Tamoy are an unreached people group with no known Christians. Although Protestant missionaries first encountered Mon-Khmer groups in this part of Laos in the 1890s, there is no record of the Tamoy ever having been specifically focused on with the gospel. This is tragic for the Tamoy, as history shows how Mon-Khmer groups often prove highly receptive to Christianity.
The Tamoy people need to hear and embrace that Jesus Christ has power over the entire spirit world, and he wants what is best for us.
* Scripture Prayers for the Tamoy in Laos.
Pray for loving workers from nearby tribes to go to the Tamoy people.
Pray the Tamoy would put their trust in Christ and be liberated from the fear of spirit worship.
Pray the Holy Spirit would prompt the Tamoy to search for the truth.
Ask the Lord to make the Tamoy known for their Christlikeness and dedication to God.
Peoples of Laos, Asia Harvest, Copyrighted © Used with permission
|Profile Source: Joshua Project|
|People Name General||Tamoy|
|People Name in Country||Tamoy|
|Population this Country||700|
|Population all Countries||700|
|Progress Scale||1 ●|
|Frontier People Group||Yes|
|GSEC||1 (per PeopleGroups.org)|
|Pioneer Workers Needed||1|
|Persecution Rank||26 (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)|
|Location in Country||Luang Namtha province, Viangphoukha district. Source: Faces of the Unreached in Laos, 1999|
Primary Language: Khmu
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|Audio Recordings||Audio Bible teaching|
|Audio Recordings||Online New Testament|
|Audio Recordings||Story of Jesus audio|
|Film / Video||Jesus Film: view in Khmu|
|General||Gospel resources links|
|Primary Religion:||Ethnic Religions|
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