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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
|Profile Source: Joshua Project|
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|Global Prayer Digest: 2014-06-01|
|People Name General||Tai Man, Shan|
|People Name in Country||Tai Man, Shan|
|Natural Name||Tai Man|
|Population this Country||102,000|
|Population all Countries||4,614,000|
|Progress Scale||1 ●|
|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|
|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|
Primary Language: Shan
|Bible Translation ▲||Status (Years)|
|Bible-New Testament||Yes (1882-1995)|
|Possible Print Bibles|
|Forum Bible Agencies|
|National Bible Societies|
|World Bible Finder|
|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|
|Major Religion ▲||Percent|
|Christianity (Evangelical 0.36 %)||
|Other / Small||
|Christian Segments ▲||Percent|
|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|