Gelao, White in Vietnam

The Gelao, White have only been reported in Vietnam
Population
200
Main Language
Largest Religion
Christian
Evangelical
Progress
Progress Gauge

Introduction / History

Gelao means "human beings" as well as "bamboo." The Gelao are thought to be descended from the ancient Liao race who established the Yelang Kingdom in Guizhou Province about 2,000 years ago. A folk tale tells how the king of Yelang was born from bamboo, so the whole group came to be called "bamboo." In the past, the Gelao practiced initiation rites for their young men, including tooth-breaking and hair-cutting rituals. The Gelao were once head-hunters and cannibals.


Where Are they Located?

The Gelao peoples live either in China's Guizhou Province or northern Vietnam.


What Are Their Lives Like?

The White Gelao grow maize, wheat, potatoes, sorghum, millet, tobacco, and tea.


What Are Their Beliefs?

Like the other two Gelao peoples, the White Gelao worship their ancestors and hold to traditional animistic religion. They worship the spirit of the rice paddies, the spirit of burn over land, and the spirits that protect their livestock. At specific festivals the Gelao peoples make offerings to these spirits.


What Are Their Needs?

It might take bold believers with a special gift of faith to go to the White Gelao people and pray for their needs. This people group will need to see God at work in a powerful way to put their faith in Jesus Christ rather than the spirit world.


Prayer Points

* Ask for the Lord of the Harvest to send workers into this field to tell the White Gelao people that they have been specially created for a unique purpose: to know, love and worship Jesus Christ.
* Pray for the White Gelao people to have a strong spiritual hunger that will lead them to the Savior of all mankind.
* Pray for God to reveal His grace and love to the White Gelao people so that they will want Him as their savior.
* Pray for a strong discipling ministry that will transform Gelao communities in Vietnam into His likeness.


References

https://asiaharvest.org/wp-content/uploads/people-groups/Vietnam/Gelao-PV.pdf
https://www.pinterest.com/AsiaCostumes/as-east-cn-gelao/
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gelao_people


Profile Source:   Keith Carey  

Prayer / Resource Links:
Global Prayer Digest: 2006-07-23
People Name General Gelao, White
People Name in Country Gelao, White
Population in Vietnam 200
World Population 200
Total Countries 1
Indigenous Yes
Unreached Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
Unengaged Yes (per Finishing the Task)
Progress Scale 1
GSEC 0  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Alternate Names Cờ Lao
People ID 19368
ROP3 Code 115109
Country Vietnam
Region Southeast Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 17  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Location in Country Ha Giang province, Yen Minh district, Pho La and Dong Van.   Source:  Ethnologue 2016
Country Vietnam
Region Southeast Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 17  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Location in Country Ha Giang province, Yen Minh district, Pho La and Dong Van..   Source:  Ethnologue 2016

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Primary Language Duoluo (200 speakers)
Language Code giw   Ethnologue Listing
Primary Dialect Gelao, White
Dialect Code 10153   Global Recordings Listing
Language Written Unknown
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Duoluo
Primary Language Duoluo (200 speakers)
Language Code giw   Ethnologue Listing
Primary Dialect Gelao, White
Dialect Code 10153   Global Recordings Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Duoluo

Primary Language:  Duoluo

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Translation Need Questionable
Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (GRN)
Primary Religion: Ethnic Religions
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.00 %
Ethnic Religions
100.00 %
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
Profile Source Keith Carey  
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