"Ethnic Akha North Laos" 2003 by
Laos, Vietnam, Myanmar and Thailand.
They come from the Hani People Cluster
in China. As their
land was taken away from them, they moved south into Myanmar,
Thailand, Vietnam and Laos.
Although the Akha and Hani peoples are closely related
they are distinctly separate people groups.
The Akha people are mountain tribes who
live in the highlands of northwest Laos.
They migrated from China and belong to the Tibeto –
Burmese linguistic family.
They are farmers; growing dry rice, cotton, poppies and
opium. They are also
hunter – gatherers and raise small livestock.
They are patrilineal (their ancestry is traced through
the men). The father
– husband has total authority until he dies, then the oldest son
takes his place.
They have no writing
system, but have a lively oral transmission.
They live by a complex system of rules and traditional
religious beliefs manage every aspect of their daily lives.
SEAMIST has targeted 12 Akha people
groups in Laos for prayer.
They are: the Botche Akha, the Chapo Akha, the Eupa Akha,
the Kophe Akha, the Kopien Akha, the Luma Akha, the Lylo Akha,
the Nuqui Akha, the Nuchi Akha, the Oma Akha, the Pouly Akha,
and the Tchitcho Akha.
There are around 150,000 in Laos.
Although the Akha groups in Laos share
the same language and customs, they live in separate villages
and do not associate with each other.
They all came from different locations in China.
Their religion involves ancestral
worship and animism.
They have a complex system of animism based on spirits, souls,
and different beliefs.
Spirits manage every aspect of the Akha’s life.
Gates and boundaries (physical and spiritual) are very
important to them; having to do with humans, souls, spirits and
the outside world.
According to the Akhazan code every offence must be punished to
calm down the angry spirit and the punishment must benefit the
Their concept of God has to do with an ancestral father or
grandfather and also a great power.
Each village has a priest who represents God who leads
the community in all rituals concerning the ancestors.
There is also a village shaman or spirit priest who deals
with spirits. The
principal contacts with God for the Akha are with birth, death
and when there is a crisis.
Less than 5% adherent and
less than 1% Evangelical
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Pray that the ancient gates of the Akha will open so
that the King of Glory can come in.
Pray that the Lord will prepare their hearts to receive
him as Savior.
Pray that they will seek to know the Creator God.
Pray that the village priests will have a revelation of
the One True God.
Pray that God will send messengers with his Good News
and that it will be received and bring forth fruit in an
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