Poumong in Laos

The Poumong have only been reported in Laos
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Introduction / History

Poumong have never appeared in ethno- linguistic lists of Laos before, even though they claim to be a unique people group. Their linguistic affiliation is also yet to be determined, although they may be related to the Pouhoy people in adjacent areas of northern Oudomxai Province.

Before 1975, the Poumong lived under the authority of the Royal palace in Luang Prabang. Before the communists came to power, they had promised to keep the Lao monarchy, but they lied. The abdication came as a shock to many Lao because the Pathet Lao had promised to retain the monarchy.

Some Poumong live in the Boun-Tai and Khoa districts of southern Phongsali Province in Laos.


What Are Their Lives Like?

We know very little about the lifestyle of the Poumong.


What Are Their Beliefs?

The Poumong continue to live their lives under the belief in magic and supernatural forces, that can be manipulated through prayers and offerings. Their animistic rituals include some animal sacrifice and ancestor worship. None of the Poumong have reportedly believed in Jesus Christ, as few have ever heard the gospel.


What Are Their Needs?

Like people everywhere, the Poumong people need to allow the loving Savior to direct their lives. They need his forgiveness for sin.


Prayer Points

Pray God himself would call evangelists and church planters to focus on the Poumong people of Laos.

Ask God to raise up Poumong disciples who will make more disciples.

Pray all Poumong would receive a chance to believe.

Pray for the Lord to show himself faithful and powerful to Poumong elders.


Scripture Prayers for the Poumong in Laos.


Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

People Name General Poumong
People Name in Country Poumong
Population this Country 1,500
Population all Countries 1,500
Total Countries 1
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
GSEC 1  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
Alternate Names
People ID 14456
ROP3 Code 108138
Country Laos
Region Asia, Southeast
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 26  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Location in Country Phongsali province, Boun-Tai and Khoa districts   Source:  Faces of the Unreached in Laos, 1999
Country Laos
Region Asia, Southeast
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 26  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Location in Country Phongsali province, Boun-Tai and Khoa districts.   Source:  Faces of the Unreached in Laos, 1999

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Primary Language Phunoi (1,500 speakers)
Language Code pho   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Unknown
Total Languages 1
Primary Language Phunoi (1,500 speakers)
Language Code pho   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Phunoi

Primary Language:  Phunoi

Bible Translation Status:  Translation Needed

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
Unknown
Independent
Unknown
Orthodox
Unknown
Other Christian
Unknown
Protestant
Unknown
Roman Catholic
Unknown
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Profile Source Joshua Project  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more