Tai Long in Laos

Tai Long
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Map Source:  People Group location: SIL / WLMS. Map geography: ESRI / GMI. Map design: Joshua Project.
People Name: Tai Long
Country: Laos
10/40 Window: Yes
Population: 2,200
World Population: 2,200
Primary Language: Tai Long
Primary Religion: Ethnic Religions
Christian Adherents: 0.00 %
Evangelicals: 0.00 %
Scripture: Translation Needed
Online Audio NT: No
Jesus Film: No
Audio Recordings: No
People Cluster: Tai
Affinity Bloc: Southeast Asian Peoples
Progress Level:

Introduction / History

The Tai Long people observe many of the same customs as the other Tai groups in Myanmar, Thailand, and Laos. There are slight dialect differences due to living in different locales. They are a small subgroup of the Tai peoples.

Where Are they Located?

The Tai Long people live only in northern Laos.

What Are Their Lives Like?

Like other tribal peoples in Laos, the Tai Long do not have access to things that people in cities take for granted like reliable electricity and clean water. They spend much of their time trying to make sure they have enough food.

What Are Their Beliefs?

Like other Tai groups, the Tai Long claim adherence to Buddhism and mix that with spirit worship and shamanism. They might call upon a shaman to bless a new house and keep the occupants safe from wicked spirits.

What Are Their Needs?

Believers who want to be a blessing to the physical needs of the Tai Long people could help them with modern amenities.

Prayer Points

Pray for gospel workers to catch a vision for reaching the Tai Long people of Laos through Jesus and that in God's sovereign timing their hearts would be open and ready to follow Him.
Pray for Jesus movements to bless extended Tai Long families so the gospel will spread rapidly among this people group.
Pray for the spiritual lives of the Tai Long people to become fruitful as they follow Christ.
Pray for the lives and culture of the Tai Long people to evidence the rule and reign of the Kingdom of God as they open to the gospel, and for the beauty of Jesus to be seen in them.

Text Source:   Keith Carey