Tay Tac in Vietnam

The Tay Tac have only been reported in Vietnam
This people group’s population is unknown or estimated to be extremely small. This people group may have assimilated into larger surrounding groups and may no longer be recognizable as a distinct group. To ensure every people group is represented, Joshua Project includes unknown and very small population people groups until on-site research determines they do not exist. More info at Small People Group Policy.
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Introduction / History

There are well over a million Tay people, but they are split up into subgroups such as the Tac Tay people. We do not know how many are among the Tac Tay subgroup. The ancestors of the Tay peoples migrated south from China to escape the clutches of advancing Mongol armies in the 1200s. From their homes, which were in today's Vietnam, the Tay people were unwilling to submit to a Hmong king. For 12 years the Hmong attacked and burned Tay villages. Many fled to escape the reach of the Hmongs.

In the past all Tay subgroups have been noted for their skills as hunters. They used cages, traps and arrows to catch their prey. Only those in very remote areas today still hunt since hunting is unsustainable in their environment.

Where Are they Located?

The Tac Tay people live in northern Vietnam.

What Are Their Lives Like?

Though they were once skilled hunters, most Sa Pa Tay people are now farmers. Because of the horrible carnage on their villages in the past, some Sa Pa villages use hedges and ditches to keep outsiders out.

What Are Their Beliefs?

Ancestor worship is the primary religion of the Tac Tay people. They keep ancestral altars inside their homes. Guests cannot sit in front of these altars, and women who have recently given birth are not allowed to look at them, because this would disgrace the ancestors.

What Are Their Needs?

The Tac Tay people need to look to Christ for their security.

Prayer Points

* Scripture Prayers for the Tay Tac in Vietnam.

* There are no believers among the Tac Tay people. Pray this will soon change.
* Pray for the Holy Spirit to move in their communities in such a way that there is spiritual openness to Jesus Christ.
* Pray for a fellowship of believers to emerge which will include this people group.
* Pray for a disciple making movement.



Profile Source:   Keith Carey  

People Name General Tay Tac
People Name in Country Tay Tac
Population this Country Unknown
Population all Countries Unknown
Total Countries 1
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group No
Pioneer Workers Needed
Alternate Names Thái
People ID 15308
ROP3 Code 109908
Country Vietnam
Region Asia, Southeast
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 19  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Location in Country Son La province: Muong Tâc district.   Source:  Ethnologue 2016
Country Vietnam
Region Asia, Southeast
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 19  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Location in Country Son La province: Muong Tâc district..   Source:  Ethnologue 2016

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Primary Language Tay Tac
Language Code tyt   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Unknown
Total Languages 1
Primary Language Tay Tac
Language Code tyt   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Tay Tac

Primary Language:  Tay Tac

Bible Translation Status:  Translation Needed

Resource Type Resource Name
None reported  
Primary Religion: Ethnic Religions
Major Religion Percent
Christianity  (Evangelical 1.00 %)
4.00 %
Ethnic Religions
Other / Small
Christian Segments Percent
Other Christian
Roman Catholic
Profile Source Keith Carey  
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