Thu Lao in Vietnam

The Thu Lao have only been reported in Vietnam
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Introduction / History

The Thu Lao (aka, Tulao) people were probably part of the large migration of Tai-speaking peoples who moved into southern Yunnan and Southeast Asia at various stages over the past 1,000 years. The Taiping Rebellion of 1851-1864 caused tens of thousands of people to flee the carnage that was taking place as the Taiping troops marched throughout southern China. The leader of the Taiping armies, Hong Xiuquan, believed he was the brother of Jesus Christ and that he was called by God to set up an earthly kingdom in China. The Tulao may well have migrated to their present location at that time, but this cannot be proven as the Tulao have no written account of their past.


Where Are they Located?

The Thu Lao (pronounced "Too-laow") people straddle the Chinese-Vietnamese border.


What Are Their Lives Like?

The Tulao have their own festivals, customs, and marriage and funeral practices.
The Tulao in Vietnam cross the border into China for weddings, funerals, and other festival occasions.


What Are Their Beliefs?

Animism rules the thinking and actions of the Tulao people in China and Vietnam. Perhaps because of Han Chinese influence, there is also a degree of ancestor worship and Taoism. They are not Buddhists.


What Are Their Needs?

There has been no evangelical activity among the Tulao people for many years. They have not been reached by the gospel at all.


Prayer Points

* Scripture Prayers for the Thu Lao in Vietnam.

* Pray for an effort to reach the Tulao before they become completely indistinguishable from the peoples around them.
* Pray for spiritual freedom from the longstanding traditions that hold them in bondage.
* Pray for the Tulao people to have a spiritual hunger that will lead them to Christ.
* Pray for the Holy Spirit to spark a disciple making movement among the Tulao people that will transform their communities in China and Vietnam.


References

https://asiaharvest.org/wp-content/uploads/people-groups/Vietnam/Tulao.pdf
http://www.globalprayerdigest.org/index.php/issue/day/2014/07/28
https://www.ethnologue.com/language/tyl
https://www.pinterest.se/pin/287174913708868445/


Profile Source:   Keith Carey  

People Name General Thu Lao
People Name in Country Thu Lao
World Population 200
Total Countries 1
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
Alternate Names Tày
People ID 19581
ROP3 Code 115545
Country Vietnam
Region Asia, Southeast
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 20  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Location in Country Far north, near China border, Lao Cai Province; possibly in Laos.   Source:  Ethnologue 2016
Country Vietnam
Region Asia, Southeast
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 20  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Location in Country Far north, near China border, Lao Cai Province; possibly in Laos..   Source:  Ethnologue 2016

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Primary Language Thu Lao (200 speakers)
Language Code tyl   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Unknown
Total Languages 1
Primary Language Thu Lao (200 speakers)
Language Code tyl   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Thu Lao

Primary Language:  Thu Lao

Bible Translation Status:  Translation Needed

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