Lahu Nyi in Thailand

Map Source:  People Group location: SIL / WLMS. Map geography: ESRI / GMI. Map design: Joshua Project.
People Name: Lahu Nyi
Country: Thailand
10/40 Window: Yes
Population: 3,300
World Population: 3,300
Primary Language: Lahu
Primary Religion: Ethnic Religions
Christian Adherents: 0.20 %
Evangelicals: 0.10 %
Scripture: Complete Bible
Online Audio NT: No
Jesus Film: Yes
Audio Recordings: Yes
People Cluster: Tibeto-Burman, other
Affinity Bloc: Tibetan-Himalayan Peoples
Progress Level:

Introduction / History

The Nyi Lahu are also known as the Red Tai people in Thailand. They have always been known as expert hunters and trappers.

Where Are they Located?

Lahu peoples live in five countries including China, Myanmar, Vietnam, Laos, and Thailand.

What Are Their Lives Like?

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.

What Are Their Beliefs?

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.

What Are Their Needs?

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.

Prayer Points

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.

Text Source:   Keith Carey