Kuan in Laos

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People Name: Kuan
Country: Laos
10/40 Window: Yes
Population: 900
World Population: 900
Primary Language: Kuan
Primary Religion: Ethnic Religions
Christian Adherents: 0.76 %
Evangelicals: 0.76 %
Scripture: Translation Needed
Online Audio NT: No
Jesus Film: No
Audio Recordings: No
People Cluster: Mon-Khmer
Affinity Bloc: Southeast Asian Peoples
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Introduction / History

The Kuan, who are a Tai-speaking group, should not be mistaken for the Khuen-a Mon-Khmer speaking group in northern Laos. The Kuan see themselves as distinct from all other people groups in Laos.

The Kuan people (also known as Tai Kouane) live in the Viangthong District of Borikhamxai Province in central Laos. They live near the banks of the Mouan River.

What Are Their Lives Like?

The Kuan people are defined by their language. Their lives are very similar to the people groups around them.

What Are Their Beliefs?

Although traditionally the Kuan were animists, there is a growing Buddhist influence being put on them by the Lao and other Buddhist communities in the area. The Kuan have absorbed many Buddhist rituals into their religious ceremonies, while keeping their ancient animism intact.

It could be noted that Buddhism was never able to fully replace animism in Laos, but rather has been absorbed into animistic practices that go back to the beginning of history in Laos.

What Are Their Needs?

Reports indicate there are no known Christians among the Kuan in Laos.

Prayer Points

Pray for the Lord to thrust out workers to the Kuan harvest field.

Pray the Kingdom of God would triumph over both animism and Buddhism among the Kuan people.

Ask God to burden the hearts of the Kuan to know the one who is the truth.

Pray the Kuan would soon believe in him who said, "I am the Way, the Truth and the Life."

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