Alu in Laos


Population
7,000
Main Language
Largest Religion
Christian
Evangelical
Progress
Progress Gauge

Introduction / History

Approximately 1,500 people belonging to the Alu ethnic group live in the extreme northern tip of Laos, near the Chinese border.

The Alu were officially counted as "Lolo" in the 1995 Lao census. "Lolo" is a generic term used to describe the various branches of Yi in China, but it is considered derogatory by these tribes today.

The area inhabited by the Alu, the Gnot-Ou District of Phongsali Province, was originally part of China, until it was annexed by the French colonialists in 1895. Chinese presence today in the area is strong, even to the point of building their own roads and businesses in the area without consultation with the Lao government.

David Bradley speculates the Alu may be the same as the Western Yi Laluo in China.34 However, the Alu also live in China and use the same name. There are about 5,500 Alu in China, speaking a language from the Southern Yi group of languages.

A visitor to the Ah-luo Festival in China related his experiences: "After passing through the arch, I saw the sacrificial altar.... A container holding one hectoliter of grain...symbolized the sacrifices to Ah-luo each year for the past twelve years. On the flat roof of the altar sat an oval pebble, a symbol of the reincarnated body of Ah-luo.... The main altar was presided over by an old shaman who was wearing a special sacrificial costume and chanting prayers from the Sutra scripture. Beside the main altar were eleven smaller altars where eleven other shamans led prayers."

There are no Christians among the Alu.


Prayer Points

* Pray they will know Jesus Christ as the only path to God.
* Ask God to bring the pure Light of the Gospel to this part of northern Laos.
* Pray for a great awakening to occur among every tribe and ethnic group living along the Laos-China border.


Profile Source:   Peoples of Laos, Paul Hattaway  Copyrighted ©   Used with permission  

People Name General Alu
People Name in Country Alu
Population in Laos 7,000
World Population 14,700
Total Countries 3
Indigenous Yes
Unreached Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 1 to 2
Unengaged Yes (per Finishing the Task)
Progress Scale 1
GSEC 1  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Alternate Names I, Lô Lô, Lolo, Yi
People ID 18886
ROP3 Code 114830
Country Laos
Region Southeast Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 24  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Location in Country Phongsali province, Gnot-Ou district   Source:  Faces of the Unreached in Laos, 1999
Country Laos
Region Southeast Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 24  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Location in Country Phongsali province, Gnot-Ou district.   Source:  Faces of the Unreached in Laos, 1999

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Primary Language Nisu, Eastern (7,000 speakers)
Language Code nos   Ethnologue Listing
Written Unknown
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Nisu, Eastern
Primary Language Nisu, Eastern (7,000 speakers)
Language Code nos   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Nisu, Eastern

Primary Language:  Nisu, Eastern

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions No
Bible-New Testament No
Bible-Complete No
Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (GRN)
Primary Religion: Ethnic Religions
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
10.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.00 %
Ethnic Religions
90.00 %
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 Operation China, Paul Hattaway   Copyrighted ©   Used with permission
Profile Source Peoples of Laos, Paul Hattaway  Copyrighted ©   Used with permission  
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