Akha in Vietnam

Main Language
Largest Religion
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Introduction / History

Most scholars agree that the Akha were originally of Tibetan origin. The Akha have a detailed creation epic poem. Long recitations, committed to memory and handed down from parents to children, are essential for continuing the Akha culture. Among the Akha, it is important for a man to be able to memorize his complete genealogy right back to the first man, Sm Mi O. To be unable to do so is considered a disgrace. The Akha genealogy now covers more than 60 generations.

Where Are they Located?

Most of the Akha people live in China, Myanmar, Thailand, Laos, or Vietnam.

What Are Their Lives Like?

The Akha people own livestock, especially pigs and chickens. Many of them get married at age 12-14. Akha men can have more than one wife.

What Are Their Beliefs?

There are strong bodies of Akha believers in Thailand and Myanmar, but not in Vietnam, China, or Laos. In these countries they cling to their traditional animistic religion that keeps them apart from the living God.

What Are Their Needs?

The depravity of man, the culture, and illiteracy cry out for the transforming power of Christ. Please pray for the salvation of the Akhas!

Prayer Points

Ask for the Lord of the Harvest to send workers into this field to tell the Akha people that they have been specially created for a unique purpose: to know, love and worship Jesus Christ.
Pray for the Akhas to become a source of life, turning even their persecutors toward the light of the Savior.
Pray for a strong discipling ministry that will transform Akha communities in Vietnam into His likeness.

Scripture Prayers for the Akha in Vietnam.



Profile Source:   Keith Carey  

People Name General Akha
People Name in Country Akha
Pronunciation AH-kah
Population this Country 23,000
Population all Countries 687,000
Total Countries 5
Indigenous No
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group No
GSEC 1  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
Alternate Names Ada; Ahka; Aini; Aka; Ak'a; Ekaw; Guoke; Hà Nhì; Ikaw; Ikho; Ikor; Jeu-g'oe; Kaw; Khako; Ko; Ko Phen; Lou Ma; Yani
People ID 10223
ROP3 Code 100185
Country Vietnam
Region Asia, Southeast
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 19  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Location in Country Dien Bien, Lao Cai, and Lai Chau provinces.   Source:  Ethnologue 2016
Country Vietnam
Region Asia, Southeast
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 19  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Location in Country Dien Bien, Lao Cai, and Lai Chau provinces..   Source:  Ethnologue 2016
Map of Akha in Vietnam Ethnolinguistic map or other map

Primary Language Akha
Language Code ahk   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 1
Primary Language Akha
Language Code ahk   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Akha

Primary Language:  Akha

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1939-1991)
Bible-New Testament Yes  (1968-1987)
Bible-Complete Yes  (2001-2002)
Bible-NT Audio Online
Bible-NT Text Online
Possible Print Bibles
World Bibles
Forum Bible Agencies
National Bible Societies
World Bible Finder
Virtual Storehouse
Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching
Audio Recordings Online New Testament
Audio Recordings Online New Testament
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio
Film / Video God's Story video
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Akha
Film / Video LUMO film of Gospels
Film / Video Story of Jesus for Children
General Gospel resources links
Mobile App Download audio Bible app as APK file
Text / Printed Matter Bible: Akha
Primary Religion: Ethnic Religions
Major Religion Percent
25.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.30 %)
5.00 %
Ethnic Religions
70.00 %
0.00 %
0.00 %
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
0.00 %
Christian Segments Percent
0.0 %
5.0 %
0.0 %
Other Christian
0.0 %
15.0 %
Roman Catholic
80.0 %
Photo Source Frank Starmer - Flickr  Creative Commons 
Map Source People Group location: IMB. Map geography: ESRI / GMI. Map design: Joshua Project.  
Profile Source Keith Carey  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more