Gelao, Green in Vietnam

The Gelao, Green have only been reported in Vietnam
Population
1,900
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 peoples were once head-hunters and cannibals.


Where Are they Located?

The Green Gelao people live in China's Guizhou Province and in northern Vietnam.


What Are Their Lives Like?

The Green Gelao primarily grow maize, wheat, potatoes, sorghum, millet, tobacco, and tea. Their dialect is almost extinct, and it is being replaced by other languages such as Vietnamese and Hmong.


What Are Their Beliefs?

The Green Gelao people are primarily ancestor worshipers who also practice traditional religion. They worship the spirit of the rice paddies, the spirit of burn over land, and the spirits that protect their livestock. At special festivals they make offerings to these spirits for protection.


What Are Their Needs?

It might take bold believers with a special gift of faith to go to the Green 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 Green Gelao people that they have been specially created for a unique purpose: to know, love and worship Jesus Christ.
* Pray for the Green 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 Green 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://www.wycliffe.net/world?continent=ASI&country=VM&code=giq
http://www.endangeredlanguages.com/lang/1510
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gelao_people


Profile Source:   Keith Carey  

People Name General Gelao, Green
People Name in Country Gelao, Green
Population in Vietnam 1,900
World Population 1,900
Total Countries 1
Indigenous Yes
Unreached Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
Progress Scale 1
Alternate Names Cờ Lao
People ID 19527
ROP3 Code 115107
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, Dong Van district, Pho La and Dong Van communes.   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, Dong Van district, Pho La and Dong Van communes..   Source:  Ethnologue 2016

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Primary Language Gelao, Green (1,900 speakers)
Language Code giq   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Unknown
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Gelao, Green
Primary Language Gelao, Green (1,900 speakers)
Language Code giq   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Gelao, Green

Primary Language:  Gelao, Green

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Translation Need Questionable
Resource Type Resource Name
None reported  
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  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more


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