Labo Phowa in China

The Labo Phowa have only been reported in China
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Introduction / History

The Phula live in Vietnam and in China. They speak a Tibeto Burmese language, but in China they often speak Mandarin.


What Are Their Lives Like?

In Vietnam the Phula hunt and weave cloth. They also do basket work. They eat rice in their main meals, usually twice a day.
Some of them live in stilt houses and some in houses on the ground. Neighbors help each other when it is time for the harvest.
The Phula are allowed to have pre-marital relations. They have engagement and wedding ceremonies and marriage customs. Women give birth while seated and sleep on a straw mat. The Phula have name giving ceremonies and rituals for funerals. They have their own festivals.


What Are Their Beliefs?

The Phula pray to male ancestors for good health and to female ancestors for abundant crop yields. Those people who specialize in rituals play an important part in their lives.
The Phula like folk literature and dancing. They like to play the trumpet and the drums. This may be an opportunity for them to be befriended by musically minded Christians.


What Are Their Needs?

The Phula people need to seek and find the only one who can give them life to the full.


Prayer Points

Pray that the Phula will come to Jesus Christ.
Pray that Vietnamese and Chinese Christians will give the Phula the gospel message leading them to salvation in both countries.


Scripture Prayers for the Phowa, Labo in China.


Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

People Name General Phowa, Labo
People Name in Country Phowa, Labo
Natural Name Labo Phowa
Alternate Names Asaheipho; Asahopho; Ekhepho; Labopho; Pho; Phula; White Phu; Zemapho
Population this Country 22,000
Population all Countries 22,000
Total Countries 1
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group No
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
People ID 20609
ROP3 Code 116903
ROP25 Code 306689
ROP25 Name Phowa
Country China
Region Asia, Northeast
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 19  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Location in Country Yunnan province: central, north-central and southeast Kaiyuan county, west Beige township; Laozhai, Lebaidao, Mazheshao, Yanggai, and Zhongheying townships.   Source:  Ethnologue 2016
Country China
Region Asia, Northeast
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 19  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Location in Country Yunnan province: central, north-central and southeast Kaiyuan county, west Beige township; Laozhai, Lebaidao, Mazheshao, Yanggai, and Zhongheying townships..   Source:  Ethnologue 2016

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Primary Religion: Ethnic Religions
Major Religion Percent
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.20 %)
0.40 %
Ethnic Religions
99.60 %
Hinduism
0.00 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
Primary Language Phowa, Labo (22,000 speakers)
Language Code ypb   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Unknown
Total Languages 1
Primary Language Phowa, Labo (22,000 speakers)
Language Code ypb   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Phowa, Labo

Primary Language:  Phowa, Labo

Bible Translation Status:  Translation Needed

Resource Type Resource Name Source
None reported  
Profile Source Joshua Project 
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