Lanten in Laos

Joshua Project has identified the Lanten only in Laos
Population
6,400
Main Language
Largest Religion
Christian
Evangelical
Progress
Progress Gauge

Introduction / History

For much of their early history, the Lantens were oppressed by Chinese landlords. The Lanten entered Laos over the past century in search for independence and a land of their own.

The name Lanten comes from a Chinese word meaning 'those who make dye', a name associated with their characteristic, black hand-dyed cotton clothes. The Lantens are related to the Kim Mun people of neighboring provinces, but today they differ by name, style of dress, and dialect.


Where Are they Located?

The Lanten live mostly in the eight villages of the Gnot-Ou District of Phongsali Province in northern Laos, bordering China and Myanmar.


What Are Their Lives Like?

The Lanten are famous for a wonderful cultural history that includes the tradition of making their own paper from roots and leaves. They also have developed a writing system inspired by ancient Chinese characters and is used to document religious texts and stories. The Lanten are artisans and produce cotton cloth, wooden masks, and silver jewelry. The Lanten dwell alongside rivers and are also known as Lao Houay, which means "stream Lao."


What Are Their Beliefs?

The Lanten worship their ancestors and believe that the quality of the afterlife depends on how much care the eldest son gives to the spirits of his deceased parents. Therefore, sons are highly valued, and to not have one would mean hopeless wandering in the afterlife. The Lanten believe that evil people go to a version of hell, a thick forest without villages or clearings. Their beliefs are a mixture of Taoism and spirit worship. There are no known followers of Christ among the Lanten people.


What Are Their Needs?

The Lanten do not have access to the Scripture, gospel recordings or the JESUS Film in their own language. They believe in an afterlife, but are bound by ancestor worship and the fear of hell.


Prayer Points

* Pray for the Lanten people to have ready access to Christian materials.
* Pray that they would find spiritual rest in Jesus.
* Pray for a blessing of their creative and vocational expression through handicrafts, literature, and traditional art.
* Pray for a powerful church planting movement among the Lanten people.


References

Profiles by Eugena Chou of Global Prayer Digest
http://asiaharvest.org/wp-content/uploads/people-groups/Laos/Lanten.jpg
http://www.mickshippen.com/2010/11/lanten/
http://phouiu-ecotourism-laos.com/lnt_info/ethnic_in_lnt/Lanten.html
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5EoLurl_aP8
https://www.tripadvisor.com/LocationPhotoDirectLink-g3650259-i97299325-Luang_Namtha_Province.html


Profile Source:   Keith Carey  

People Name General Lanten
People Name in Country Lanten
Population in Laos 6,400
World Population 6,400
Total Countries 1
Indigenous Yes
Unreached Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 1 to 2
Progress Scale 1
Alternate Names
People ID 20632
ROP3 Code 111240
Country Laos
Region Southeast Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 24  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Location in Country Phongsali: Gnot-Ou District   Source:  Faces of the Unreached in Laos
Country Laos
Region Southeast Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 24  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Location in Country Phongsali: Gnot-Ou District.   Source:  Faces of the Unreached in Laos

No people group map currently available. Use the above button to submit a map.


Ethnologue Language Map
Ethnolinguistic map or other map

Primary Language Language unknown (6,400 speakers)
Language Code xxx   Ethnologue Listing
Written Unknown
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Language unknown
Primary Language Language unknown (6,400 speakers)
Language Code xxx   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Language unknown

Primary Language:  Language unknown

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Translation Need Unknown
Resource Type Resource Name
None reported  
Primary Religion: Ethnic Religions
Religion Subdivision: Daoism
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


Copyright © 2017 Joshua Project.  A ministry of Frontier Ventures.