Yong in Thailand

The Yong have only been reported in Thailand
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Introduction / History

The first Yong arrivals in Thailand settled in the Pasang District of Lamphun Province. They named their village Ban Vieng Vong. This remains an active Yong habitation to this day. At Ban Vieng Vong, “the Yong reinforced ritual power and social stratification. The oldest monastery in Ban Vieng Vong shelters the four guardian spirits of their former Muang Yong in Burma, which they took with them when they were resettled.” The names of these four idols, symbolized as stone white elephants, are suranna, pittiya, lakkhana and thewada. They are considered sacred to the Yong people, who not only worship and appease these spirit beings, but who also see their identity and history as a people intricately bound up with the safe transport of these idols from their original homeland.

Schliesinger states that the Yong “are in fact ethnic Lu people who once lived in Muang Yong of today's Shan State of Burma. As is common practice among Tai peoples, the Tai Yong derived their new group name from their location at Muang Yong.... The King of Siam ordered the Chiang Mai rulers to launch several military raids north and west into the [Shan, Khun and Yong] villages and towns to capture the inhabitants and resettle them as war captives to Chiang Mai, Lamphun and Lampang. The largest influx of Yong occurred in 1805, when 10,000 people were taken from Muang Yong to be resettled in northern Thailand.”

The Yong language is a member of the Southwestern Tai linguistic branch. There are numerous languages in this group, with speakers dispersed over a wide geographical area from India to Laos.

Members of the Yong ethnic group live in scattered parts of northern Thailand. They inhabit villages within three provinces: Lamphun (Muang, Pasang, Ban Hong and Mae Tha districts); Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai.


What Are Their Lives Like?

Although Buddhism is the chosen religion of the Yong people, their beliefs are heavily mixed with animistic ritual and spirit-worship. The Yong “honor the spirit of the land and the ancestral spirits and believe in many other spirits of the surroundings. On full moon in June, the villagers flock to the local spirit shrine to make sacrifices of pig heads, chicken, and nine different kinds of fruit.”


What Are Their Beliefs?

There is now (2019) a report of at least one Christian believer among the Yong. Others are blinded by their deep religious devotion to idols and traditions and in need of much prayer.


What Are Their Needs?

Pray for workers to go to the Yong people, and for their hearts to be ready to receive their Savior.

Pray for families of believers loving and serving others to grow reproducing churches.

Pray for a chain reaction of families reaching families that results in thousands of new believers who share their faith with others.

Pray for grace and truth expanding into their entire society as all believers learn to love others.


Prayer Points

Peoples of the Buddhist World, Asia Harvest, Copyrighted © Used with permission


Scripture Prayers for the Yong in Thailand.


Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

People Name General Yong
People Name in Country Yong
Population this Country 14,000
Population all Countries 14,000
Total Countries 1
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group No
GSEC 1  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
Alternate Names Nyong; Tai Yong
People ID 16053
ROP3 Code 111090
Country Thailand
Region Asia, Southeast
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Location in Country The Yong reside in scattered parts of northern Thailand. They inhabit villages within three provinces, Lamphun, Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai.   Source:  Peoples of the Buddhist World, 2004
Country Thailand
Region Asia, Southeast
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Location in Country The Yong reside in scattered parts of northern Thailand. They inhabit villages within three provinces, Lamphun, Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai..   Source:  Peoples of the Buddhist World, 2004
Map of Yong in Thailand Ethnolinguistic map or other map

Primary Language Yong (14,000 speakers)
Language Code yno   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Unknown
Total Languages 1
Primary Language Yong (14,000 speakers)
Language Code yno   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Yong

Primary Language:  Yong

Bible Translation Status:  Unspecified

Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching
Primary Religion: Buddhism
Major Religion Percent
Buddhism
89.80 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.20 %)
0.20 %
Ethnic Religions
10.00 %
Hinduism
0.00 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
Christian Segments Percent
Anglican
Unknown
Independent
Unknown
Orthodox
Unknown
Other Christian
Unknown
Protestant
Unknown
Roman Catholic
Unknown
Photo Source Anonymous 
Map Source People Group location: SIL / WLMS. Map geography: ESRI / GMI. Map design: Joshua Project.  
Profile Source Joshua Project  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more