The Nyi Lahu are also known as the Red Tai people in Thailand. They have always been known as expert hunters and trappers.
Lahu peoples live in five countries including China, Myanmar, Vietnam, Laos, and Thailand.
The Nyi Lahu spend a full five days celebrating the new year known as Kho Cha Lor. This celebration happens between January and March.
They are good hunters, but they also grow herbs for medicinal purposes. Their women are expert weavers who are known for their embroidery. Nyi Lahu men are craftsmen who make crossbows and musical instruments.
They Nyi Lahu practice slash and burn agriculture. They grow rice, corn, fruits, and vegetables. Some grow opium as a cash crop. They raise pigs, chickens, and horses primarily for ceremonial sacrifices.
There are Lahu subgroups who have had a people movement to Christ, while others have gravitated to Buddhism. Among the Nyi Lahu, however, people stay with their traditional animistic beliefs which they blend with ancestor worship. This people group is the only Lahu group that builds temples for their animistic gods.
The Nyi Lahu tribe needs the opportunity to move beyond subsistence farming. Perhaps believers with the right backgrounds can teach them marketable skills that will help them prosper in Thailand's changing economy.
* Pray for the Lord to send dreams and visions to Nyi Lahu elders to show them the way to the cross.
* Pray for a spiritual hunger to come to this people group.
* Pray for a strong Nyi Lahu church to emerge which is defined by discipleship and obedience to the ways of Jesus Christ.
|Profile Source: Keith Carey|
|Persecution Rank||Not ranked|
|Location in Country||Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai, Kamphaeng Phet, Mae Hong Son, Yala provinces: 119 known villages. Source: Ethnologue 2016|
|Primary Language||Lahu (3,200 speakers)|
|Language Code||lhu Ethnologue Listing|
|Dialect Code||566 Global Recordings Listing|
|Language Written||Yes ScriptSource Listing|
|People Groups||Speaking Lahu|
Primary Language: Lahu
|Bible Translation ▲||Status (Years)|
|Bible-New Testament||Yes (1932-1962)|
|Possible Print Bibles|
|Forum of Bible Agencies|
|World Bible Finder|
|Resource Type ▲||Resource Name|
|Audio Recordings||Audio Bible teaching (GRN)|
|Audio Recordings||Online New Testament (FCBH)|
|Audio Recordings||Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project)|
|Film / Video||God's Story Video|
|Film / Video||Jesus Film: view in Lahu|
|Text / Printed Matter||Bible: Lahu Bible|
|Text / Printed Matter||World Missionary Press Booklets|
|Primary Religion:||Ethnic Religions|
|Major Religion ▲||Percent *|
|Christianity (Evangelical 0.10 %)||
|Other / Small||
|Christian Segments ▲||Percent|