Tai Man in Thailand


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Introduction / History

The name Man literally means “a Burmese immigrant.” They are loosely affiliated with the Shan peoples, but they do not consider themselves to be a Shan subgroup. They speak a northern Tai language, which suggests they originated in southern China. The Tai peoples share similar cultures and languages.

The Tai Man lives mainly in Myanmar, but there is also a sizable population in Thailand. A tiny number live either in India or China.


What Are Their Lives Like?

The Tai Man of Thailand are primarily farmers. They cultivate a wide variety of crops, such as rice, fruit, and vegetables, for both consumption and trade. Tai Man villagers frequently meet with the Thai to trade meat and vegetables for necessary items such as clothing and salt. The Tai Man are also good fishermen.

The Tai Man consider the village the most significant political unit of society. A headman leads each village, and a father leads each family. Tai Man villages are located either on raised ground surrounded by rice fields, or on high ground on either side of a road or pathway. Their houses usually have floors made of split bamboo and straw thatched roofs.


What Are Their Beliefs?

The Tai Man practice Theravada Buddhism mixed with animism. Colorful Buddhist temples, often built on stilts, are in the center of Tai Man villages. One can find altars and pictures of Buddha in each home.


What Are Their Needs?

The Tai Man people need to put their trust and identity in the hands of the loving God of Creation who sent his son to make it possible for them to enter the Kingdom of God.


Prayer Points

Pray for the Tai Man people to overcome fear of being punished by the spirit world so that they will be free to embrace the King of kings.

Pray for spiritual hunger that will give the Tai Man people the willingness to give up whatever it takes to enter the Kingdom of God.

Pray for an abundant rice harvest that will help the Tai Man people in Thailand that the Lord is both loving and all-powerful.

Pray for “persons of peace” among Tai Man leaders that will open their communities to those who want to take Christ to them.


Scripture Prayers for the Tai Man, Shan in Thailand.


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Additional Info
Global Prayer Digest: 2014-06-01
People Name General Tai Man, Shan
People Name in Country Tai Man, Shan
Natural Name Tai Man
Pronunciation tie MAHN
Population this Country 102,000
Population all Countries 4,614,000
Total Countries 4
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group No
GSEC 1  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Pioneer Workers Needed 2
Alternate Names Burmese Shan; Cha Shan; Dai; Great Thai; Ngio; Nyaw; Red Shan; Sen; Sha; Sham; Shyam; Tai Jai; Tai Long; Tai Luang; Tai Neua; Tai Yai; Tai Yay; Tairong; Tairung; Thai Yai; Turung; Yunnanese Shan; टाई मान, शान
People ID 18205
ROP3 Code 113721
Country Thailand
Region Asia, Southeast
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Location in Country North, Mae Hong Son, Maehongson, Myuang Haeng, Chiangrai, Chiangmai, Maesai, and Tak provinces, on northwest border.   Source:  Ethnologue 2016
Country Thailand
Region Asia, Southeast
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Location in Country North, Mae Hong Son, Maehongson, Myuang Haeng, Chiangrai, Chiangmai, Maesai, and Tak provinces, on northwest border..   Source:  Ethnologue 2016
Map of Tai Man, Shan in Thailand Ethnolinguistic map or other map

Primary Language Shan (102,000 speakers)
Language Code shn   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 1
Primary Language Shan (102,000 speakers)
Language Code shn   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Shan

Primary Language:  Shan

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1871-1995)
Bible-New Testament Yes  (1882-1995)
Bible-Complete Yes  (1892-2002)
Bible-NT Audio Online
Bible-NT Text Online
Possible Print Bibles
Amazon
World Bibles
Forum Bible Agencies
National Bible Societies
World Bible Finder
Virtual Storehouse
Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching
Audio Recordings Online New Testament
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio
Film / Video God's Story video
Film / Video Indigitube.tv Video / Animation
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Shan
Film / Video Retaliate With Love
Film / Video The Gospel - Shan Animation
Film / Video The Way to Worship in God's House
General Gospel resources links
General Shan Bible App
Mobile App Download audio Bible app as APK file
Text / Printed Matter Bible: Shan
Text / Printed Matter The Ancient Path
Primary Religion: Buddhism
Major Religion Percent
Buddhism
74.64 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.36 %)
0.36 %
Ethnic Religions
25.00 %
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 Copyrighted © 2022  Kerry Olson  All rights reserved.  Used with permission
Map Source People Group location: WLMS. Map geography: ESRI / GMI. Map design: Joshua Project.  
Video Source The Waiting World
Profile Source Joshua Project  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more