Tay Sa Pa in Vietnam

The Tay Sa Pa have only been reported in Vietnam
Population
400
Main Language
Largest Religion
Christian
Evangelical
Progress
Progress Gauge

Introduction / History

There are well over a million Tay people, but only about 400 of them are from the Sa Pa subgroup. The ancestors of the Tay peoples migrated south from China to escape the clutches of advancing Mongol armies in the 1200s. From their homes, which were in today's Vietnam, the Tay people were unwilling to submit to a Hmong king. For 12 years the Hmong attacked and burned Tay villages. Many fled to escape the reach of the Hmongs.

In the past all Tay subgroups have been noted for their skills as hunters. They used cages, traps and arrows to catch their prey. Only those in very remote areas today still hunt since hunting is unsustainable in their environment.


Where Are they Located?

The Sa Pa Tay people all live in Vietnam.


What Are Their Lives Like?

Though they were once skilled hunters, most Sa Pa Tay people are now farmers. Because of the horrible carnage on their villages in the past, some Sa Pa villages use hedges and ditches to keep outsiders out.


What Are Their Beliefs?

Ancestor worship is the primary religion of the Sa Pa Tay people. They keep ancestral altars inside their homes. Guests cannot sit in front of these altars, and women who have recently given birth are not allowed to look at them, because this would disgrace the ancestors.


What Are Their Needs?

The Sa Pa Tay people need to look to Christ for their security.


Prayer Points

* There are no believers among the Sa Pa Tay people. Pray this will soon change.
* Pray for the Holy Spirit to move in their communities in such a way that there is spiritual openness to Jesus Christ.
* Pray for a fellowship of believers to emerge which will include this people group.
* Pray for a disciple making movement.


References

https://asiaharvest.org/wp-content/uploads/people-groups/Vietnam/Tay.pdf
https://www.tripadvisor.com/LocationPhotoDirectLink-g311304-d2211642-i53168465-Trails_of_Mountain_Travel-Sapa_Lao_Cai_Province.html


Profile Source:   Keith Carey  

People Name General Tay Sa Pa
People Name in Country Tay Sa Pa
Population in Vietnam 400
World Population 400
Total Countries 1
Indigenous Yes
Unreached Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 1 to 2
Progress Scale 1
Alternate Names Thái
People ID 19578
ROP3 Code 115543
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 Lao Cai province, Muong Khuong district.   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 Lao Cai province, Muong Khuong district..   Source:  Ethnologue 2016

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Primary Language Tay Sa Pa (400 speakers)
Language Code tys   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Unknown
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Tay Sa Pa
Primary Language Tay Sa Pa (400 speakers)
Language Code tys   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Tay Sa Pa

Primary Language:  Tay Sa Pa

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions No
Bible-New Testament No
Bible-Complete No
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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