Chut in Vietnam


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Introduction / History

The name May means “beggar” in their own language, which is part of the Viet-Muong branch of Mon-Khmer. The May are part of a larger group called Chut. These days, most of the different tribes of Chut speak one language, but in the past, they spoke different dialects and fought with each other. Still today, however, each group carries its own ethnicity and customs.

The several Chut tribes in Laos are called Kha Tong Luang ('Yellow-Leaf People') by local people because they used to build temporary shelters made of banana leaves and moved on when the leaves had yellowed and withered. This has led to confusion among researchers and ethnographers because there are two other groups in Laos who practice the same custom. We have named these other two groups Mlabri and Aheu.

The Chut-May ethnic group live in a remote area along the Laos-Vietnam border in the Bouarapha District of Khammouan Province. Their location has been given as "both sides of the Vietnam-Laos border, east of Phuc Trac, southeast of the Arem."


What Are Their Lives Like?

Chut women are experts at finding edible roots, snails, vegetables, and mushrooms on the forest floor. May men hunt small game using traps and crossbows with poisoned arrows. They use dogs to track animals during large-scale hunting expeditions.


What Are Their Beliefs?

When a Chut dies, the corpse is kept inside the house for three days. Mourners present offerings of food to the soul of the deceased. After three days the corpse is placed in a grave, which is filled with soil until a mound of dirt remains above ground.

The various Chut tribes share a common belief in a Creator God. They take great care to recite their legends to future generations in stories and folk-songs called ka-tum and ka-lenh.


What Are Their Needs?

The Chut people need to embrace the God of Creation and make him central to their lives. They need to put their trust and identity in the hands of this loving God of Creation who sent his son to make it possible for them to enter the Kingdom of God.


Prayer Points

Ask God to send loving workers to the Chut in both Laos and Vietnam.
Pray for persons of peace to welcome Christ’s ambassadors.
Pray the Chut may no longer be known as beggars, but as children of the King and joint-heirs with Christ.
Pray for the Lord to reveal himself to Chut people through dreams and visions.


Scripture Prayers for the Chut in Vietnam.


References

Peoples of Laos, Asia Harvest, Copyrighted © Used with permission


Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

People Name General Chut
People Name in Country Chut
Population this Country 7,600
Population all Countries 8,000
Total Countries 2
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
GSEC 0  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
Alternate Names Churi; Chứt; May
People ID 13601
ROP3 Code 106436
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 Quang Binh province, Thuong Hoa, Hoa Son, Dan Hoa communes, near Laos border at the same latitude as Mu Gia Pass.   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 Quang Binh province, Thuong Hoa, Hoa Son, Dan Hoa communes, near Laos border at the same latitude as Mu Gia Pass..   Source:  Ethnologue 2016

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Primary Language Chut (7,600 speakers)
Language Code scb   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Unknown
Total Languages 1
Primary Language Chut (7,600 speakers)
Language Code scb   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Chut

Primary Language:  Chut

Bible Translation Status:  Unspecified

Resource Type Resource Name
None reported  
Primary Religion: Ethnic Religions
Major Religion Percent
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.00 %
Ethnic Religions
100.00 %
Hinduism
0.00 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
Christian Segments Percent
Anglican
0.0 %
Independent
15.0 %
Orthodox
0.0 %
Other Christian
0.0 %
Protestant
15.0 %
Roman Catholic
70.0 %
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