Tai Dam in China


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Introduction / History

The Tai Dam (Black Tai) are so named because of the predominant color of their traditional clothing, and also because they live along the banks of the Black River. In China, where they have been included in the official Dai nationality, the Tai Dam are also known as the Jinping Tai after the county they inhabit.

The Tai Dam use an ancient Indic script, which seems to have been the forerunner of the current script used by the Thai people in Thailand. Tai Dam has some intelligibility with Tai Kao.

The Tai Dam people are believed to have originated in southern China but gradually migrated into Southeast Asia due to oppression by the Chinese. The Tai Dam even had their own government in north Vietnam for a short time in the 1950s. The spread of smallpox, cholera, tuberculosis, and malaria was rampant among the Tai Dam in the past, decimating entire communities.


What Are Their Lives Like?

It is common for all the elders of a Tai Dam family to be equally responsible for raising children. Each village is under the control of a Chao Muong, or prince.


What Are Their Beliefs?

The Tai Dam are one of the few members of the great Tai peoples never to have embraced Buddhism. They are animists. They believe that "non-human objects have spirits, and that people have multiple souls. These spirits must be appeased so that they might avoid curses and receive blessings." The Tai Dam in Vietnam believe in the King of Heaven who founded the city of Dien Bien Phu, formerly called "Heavenly City" by the Tai Dam. They believe there used to be a vine which reached from the earth to heaven. One mother was upset because her son kept climbing the vine to fellowship with God. She cut the vine and ever since then the Tai Dam have been unable to communicate with God.

Several years ago a young Tai Dam man was imprisoned in southern Vietnam. He found Christ through the witness of a Vietnamese pastor, who was incarcerated at the same time for his faith. After his release, the young man returned to his village and shared his new faith. Impressed by the dramatic change in the ex-criminal's life, 753 Tai Dam turned to Christ and were baptized. In contrast to the Tai Dam church in Vietnam, which now numbers several thousand, few of their counterparts in China have ever heard the gospel. Translation work is currently under way to bring more of God's Word to the Tai Dam people.


What Are Their Needs?

The Tai Dam people need to put their trust and identity in the hands of the loving God of Creation who sent his son to make it possible for them to enter the Kingdom of God.


Prayer Points

Pray for the spiritual blindness and bondage to the evil one to be removed so they can understand and respond to Christ.

Pray for the Lord to provide for their physical and spiritual needs as a testimony of his power and love.

Pray the Tai Dam people will have a spiritual hunger that will open their hearts to the King of kings.

Pray for an unstoppable movement to Christ among them.


Scripture Prayers for the Tai Dam in China.


References

Operation China, Asia Harvest, Copyrighted © Used with permission


Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

People Name General Tai Dam
People Name in Country Tai Dam
Pronunciation tie DAHM
Population this Country 46,000
Population all Countries 929,000
Total Countries 6
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group No
GSEC 1  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
Alternate Names Black Tai; Dai, Black; Do; Jinping Dai; Tai Den; Tai Do; Tai Noir; Taidam; Thái; Thai Den; Tribal Tai; Ty Dam
People ID 15187
ROP3 Code 109709
Country China
Region Asia, Northeast
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 17  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Location in Country More than 34,000 Tai Dam live in Jinping County in southern China's Yunnan Province. The majority of Tai Dam are found in northern Vietnam where approximately half a million live around the city of Dien Bien Phu. They also extend into nearby areas of Laos and "to the south-west into central Thailand due to conquest and deportation by the (Bangkok) Thai in the early nineteenth century." Most of the 50,000 Tai Dam now living in Laos fled there in the 1950s after the Communist terror in north Vietnam. Refugee communities of Tai Dam are also located in such diverse places as Iowa, USA; Sydney, Australia; and Paris, France.   Source:  Operation China, 2000
Country China
Region Asia, Northeast
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 17  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Location in Country More than 34,000 Tai Dam live in Jinping County in southern China's Yunnan Province. The majority of Tai Dam are found in northern Vietnam where approximately half a million live around the city of Dien Bien Phu. They also extend into nearby areas of Laos and "to the south-west into central Thailand due to conquest and deportation by the (Bangkok) Thai in the early nineteenth century." Most of the 50,000 Tai Dam now living in Laos fled there in the 1950s after the Communist terror in north Vietnam. Refugee communities of Tai Dam are also located in such diverse places as Iowa, USA; Sydney, Australia; and Paris, France..   Source:  Operation China, 2000
Primary Language Tai Dam
Language Code blt   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 1
Primary Language Tai Dam
Language Code blt   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Tai Dam

Primary Language:  Tai Dam

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1982-2000)
Bible-New Testament Yes  (2013-2014)
Bible-Complete No
Bible-NT Audio Online
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Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching
Audio Recordings Online New Testament
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Tai Dam
Film / Video LUMO film of Gospels
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Mobile App Download audio Bible app as APK file
Text / Printed Matter Bible: Tai Dam
Primary Religion: Ethnic Religions
Major Religion Percent
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.14 %)
0.20 %
Ethnic Religions
94.00 %
Hinduism
0.00 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
5.80 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
Christian Segments Percent
Anglican
0.0 %
Independent
70.0 %
Orthodox
0.0 %
Other Christian
0.0 %
Protestant
0.0 %
Roman Catholic
30.0 %
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Map Source Bethany World Prayer Center  
Profile Source Joshua Project  
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