White Gelao in Vietnam

The White Gelao have only been reported in Vietnam
This people group’s population is unknown or estimated to be extremely small. This people group may have assimilated into larger surrounding groups and may no longer be recognizable as a distinct group. To ensure every people group is represented, Joshua Project includes unknown and very small population people groups until on-site research determines they do not exist. More info at Small People Group Policy.
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Introduction / History

Gelao means "human beings" as well as "bamboo." The Gelao are thought to be descended from the ancient Liao race who established the Yelang Kingdom in Guizhou Province about 2,000 years ago. A folk tale tells how the king of Yelang was born from bamboo, so the whole group came to be called "bamboo." In the past, the Gelao practiced initiation rites for their young men, including tooth-breaking and hair-cutting rituals. The Gelao were once head-hunters and cannibals.


Where Are they Located?

The Gelao peoples live either in China's Guizhou Province or northern Vietnam.


What Are Their Lives Like?

The White Gelao grow maize, wheat, potatoes, sorghum, millet, tobacco, and tea.


What Are Their Beliefs?

Like the other two Gelao peoples, the White Gelao worship their ancestors and hold to traditional animistic religion. They worship the spirit of the rice paddies, the spirit of burn over land, and the spirits that protect their livestock. At specific festivals the Gelao peoples make offerings to these spirits.


What Are Their Needs?

It might take bold believers with a special gift of faith to go to the White Gelao people and pray for their needs. This people group will need to see God at work in a powerful way to put their faith in Jesus Christ rather than the spirit world.


Prayer Points

Ask for the Lord of the Harvest to send workers into this field to tell the White Gelao people that they have been specially created for a unique purpose: to know, love and worship Jesus Christ.
Pray for the White Gelao people to have a strong spiritual hunger that will lead them to the Savior of all mankind.
Pray for God to reveal His grace and love to the White Gelao people so that they will want Him as their Savior.
Pray for a strong discipling ministry that will transform Gelao communities in Vietnam into His likeness.


Scripture Prayers for the Gelao, White in Vietnam.


References

https://asiaharvest.org/wp-content/uploads/people-groups/Vietnam/Gelao-PV.pdf
https://www.pinterest.com/AsiaCostumes/as-east-cn-gelao/
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gelao_people


Profile Source:   Keith Carey  

People Name General Gelao, White
People Name in Country Gelao, White
Natural Name White Gelao
Pronunciation Ger-laow
Alternate Names Cờ Lao
Population this Country 200
Population all Countries 200
Total Countries 1
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
GSEC 1  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
People ID 19368
ROP3 Code 115109
ROP25 Code 309145
ROP25 Name Gelao (Vietnam)
Country Vietnam
Region Asia, Southeast
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 35  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Location in Country Ha Giang province, Yen Minh district, Pho La and Dong Van.   Source:  Ethnologue 2016
Country Vietnam
Region Asia, Southeast
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 35  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Location in Country Ha Giang province, Yen Minh district, Pho La and Dong Van..   Source:  Ethnologue 2016

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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 %
Primary Language Duoluo (200 speakers)
Language Code giw   Ethnologue Listing
Primary Dialect Gelao, White
Dialect Code 10153   Global Recordings Listing
Language Written Unknown
Total Languages 1
Primary Language Duoluo (200 speakers)
Language Code giw   Ethnologue Listing
Primary Dialect Gelao, White
Dialect Code 10153   Global Recordings Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Duoluo

Primary Language:  Duoluo

Bible Translation Status:  Unspecified

Resource Type Resource Name Source
None reported  
Profile Source Keith Carey 
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