Phowa, Labo in China

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People Name: Phowa, Labo
Country: China
10/40 Window: Yes
Population: 22,000
World Population: 22,000
Primary Language: Phowa, Labo
Primary Religion: Ethnic Religions
Christian Adherents: 0.40 %
Evangelicals: 0.00 %
Scripture: Translation Needed
Online Audio NT: No
Jesus Film: No
Audio Recordings: No
People Cluster: Tibeto-Burman, other
Affinity Bloc: Tibetan-Himalayan Peoples
Progress Level:

Introduction / History

The Phula live in Vietnam and in China. They speak a Tibeto Burmese language.

In Vietnam the Phula hunt and weave cloth. They also do basket work. They eat rice in their main meals, usually twice a day.

The Phula live in Ha Giang and other provinces of Vietnam. Some of them live in stilt houses and some in houses on the ground. Neighbors help each other when it is time for the harvest.

The Phula are allowed to have pre-marital relations. They have engagement and wedding ceremonies and marriage customs. Women give birth while seated and sleep on a straw mat. The Phula have name giving ceremonies and rituals for funerals. They have festivals.

The Phula pray to male ancestors for good health and to female ancestors for abundant crop yields. Those people who specialize in rituals play an important part with the Phula in their lives. The Han language is used also by some of the Phula groups.

The Phula like folk literature and dancing. They like to play the trumpet and the drums. This may be an opportunity for them to be befriended by musically minded Christians here.

Prayer Points

* Pray that the Phula instead of ancestor worship will come to Jesus Christ.
* Pray that Vietnamese and Chinese Christians will give the Phula the gospel message leading them to Salvation in these two countries.

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