Tai Pao in Laos

Tai Pao
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People Name: Tai Pao
Country: Laos
10/40 Window: Yes
Population: 1,900
World Population: 11,900
Primary Language: Tai Pao
Primary Religion: Ethnic Religions
Christian Adherents: 0.00 %
Evangelicals: 0.00 %
Scripture: Translation Started
Online Audio NT: No
Jesus Film: No
Audio Recordings: No
People Cluster: Kadai
Affinity Bloc: Southeast Asian Peoples
Progress Level:

Introduction / History

The Tai Pao language, which has yet to be studied in any detail, remains an undetermined member of the Tai linguistic family. In Laos, Tai can mean "people" and does not necessarily refer to the Tai or Thai people groups. Therefore, Tai Pao can simply mean "Pao people."
The Tai Pao live in central Laos. Their villages are in the Viangthong, Khamkeut and Pakkading districts of Borikhamxai Province. The Tai Pao live at the juncture of these three districts. The Tai Pao live near the Tai He and may be ethno-linguistically related to them.

What Are Their Lives Like?

Like most people in this part of the world, the Tai Pao make their living as subsistence farmers. They also raise livestock.

What Are Their Beliefs?

The Tai Pao practice a mixture of animism and Theravada Buddhism. Such a religious intertwining has existed in Laos since Buddhism was introduced. Even stories of the introduction of Buddhism to Laos have evolved into animistic myth.
For the Tai Pao, maintaining their culture is equally as important as their religious beliefs. Accordingly, the few Tai Pao who have been exposed to the gospel have not seriously considered it, believing that to become a Christian would be a disgrace against their culture and heritage as a Tai Pao. The majority of Tai Pao, however, are not familiar with the name of Jesus.

What Are Their Needs?

The Tai Pao need the chance to choose to follow Jesus Christ. As it stands, they have few chances to hear of his saving grace.

Prayer Points

Ask God to raise up Tai Pao who are more desirous to know the truth than to stay on the broad road to death.
Ask God to send loving, committed workers to the Tai Pao in the near future.
Pray the Tai Pao would no longer be hidden away from the influence of Christ.

Text Source:   Joshua Project