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Vietnam and Laos
The Hani originated in Tibet
and moved down to southern China
centuries ago. It is
important among the Hani to be able to trace their genealogy
back to the progenitor of their race, Sm Mi O.
They have a legend that they
once had a book that was written (on buffalo skin) in their own
script by the Creator God, but they ate it during a long journey
because they were hungry. So they lost the book.
Most of the Hani live in
small plaster houses.
Their villages have about 50-60
They live in the mountains and farm in
rice terraces on the slopes.
They use simple farm implements and water buffalo in
Most of the Hani are
patilineal – the line of descent is through the father.
The father is the head and he makes all of the decisions.
Young Hani men and women are allowed to choose their
marriage partner, but with parental consent. Wedding rituals
vary from district to district. However, it is customary for the
husband to live in the wife's home for three to four years.
1,600, Vietnam — 20,000
Laos – near the Laotian border with China.
Vietnam – near the northern border of Vietnam near China
They have three religious clergymen; one who directs all
religious activities, one who performs magic rites and
exorcisms’, and one who makes predictions and administers
Laos – 0.0 % adherent and 0.0 %
Vietnam – 0.5 % adherent and 0.01 % evangelical
Bible translation, no scripture portions, no Jesus film, no
Christian radio broadcasts.
Some agencies have targeted the Hani in Vietnam and Laos for
are hoping to send workers as soon as possible.
that the Lord of the harvest will send out laborers into his
fields in Vietnam and
that the Hani will receive the Good News and accept Christ as
that the Bible will be translated into their own language so
they can again possess the Word of the Creator God.
that those few Hani believers will be shining lights to show
their kinsmen the way to Jesus.
that a way will open for missionaries to go to these people in
Laos and Vietnam.
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