Laoseng in Laos

The Laoseng have only been reported in Laos
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Introduction / History

The Laoseng are a Mon-Khmer speaking group. What makes the Laoseng unique in northern Laos is that their language is from the Katuic branch of Mon-Khmer. The other Katuic groups are in southern and central Laos. It is possible the Laoseng were a group from southern Laos who were forcibly relocated to the north some time ago.

The Mon-Khmer groups in Laos, including the Laoseng, are recognized as the original inhabitants of the country by the Lao. This fact is confirmed by the inclusion of a Mon-Khmer leader in the pre-1975 New Year rituals performed in the royal capital, Luang Prabang.

The Laoseng are also known as the Tareng, or Tariang. They are not related, however, to the Talieng people of southern Laos.

The Laoseng people live in the northernmost province in Laos, Phongsali. They inhabit villages within the Samphan, Phongsali and Mai districts, near the Chinese border.


What Are Their Lives Like?

Many Mon-Khmer groups in northern Laos, including the Laoseng, have round drums with pictures of three frogs on the top. Usually, pictures or carvings of two large elephants and one small elephant are on the side. Most of the Laoseng people earn their living as farmers.


What Are Their Beliefs?

Like most animistic peoples, the Laoseng depend on the spirit world for their needs. They do not know about Jehovah Jireh, the Provider.


What Are Their Needs?

Thousands of years after the unique Laoseng people arrived in Laos, most have yet to hear the gospel for the first time.


Prayer Points

Pray the little-known Laoseng people would soon have the chance to accept or reject Christ as Lord of their lives.

Pray Khmu believers would travel to the Laoseng and witness to them.

Ask God to raise up linguists to produce evangelistic material in the Laoseng language.

Pray for spiritual hunger among the Laoseng people that will lead to a movement to Christ.


Scripture Prayers for the Laoseng in Laos.


Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

People Name General Laoseng
People Name in Country Laoseng
Population this Country 12,000
Population all Countries 12,000
Total Countries 1
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group No
GSEC 0  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
Alternate Names Tareng; Tariang
People ID 15272
ROP3 Code 109856
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 Phongsali province, Samphan, Phongsali, Mai, and Boun-Tai districts   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 Phongsali province, Samphan, Phongsali, Mai, and Boun-Tai districts.   Source:  Faces of the Unreached in Laos, 1999
Primary Language Tareng (12,000 speakers)
Language Code tgr   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Unknown
Total Languages 1
Primary Language Tareng (12,000 speakers)
Language Code tgr   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Tareng

Primary Language:  Tareng

Bible Translation Status:  Translation Needed

Resource Type Resource Name
None reported  
Primary Religion: Ethnic Religions
Major Religion Percent
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.50 %)
0.50 %
Ethnic Religions
99.50 %
Hinduism
0.00 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
Christian Segments Percent
Anglican
0.0 %
Independent
0.0 %
Orthodox
0.0 %
Other Christian
0.0 %
Protestant
75.0 %
Roman Catholic
25.0 %
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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