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Akha People Group

Akha Man

"Ethnic Akha North Laos" 2003 by Unknown *

Countries:  Laos, Vietnam, Myanmar and Thailand.

History:  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.

Their Lives:  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 beliefs.  Their religious beliefs manage every aspect of their daily lives.

Location:  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. 

Population:  There are around 150,000 in Laos. 

Language:  Akha. 

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.

Religion:  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 whole community.  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.

Christian %:  Less than 5% adherent and  less than 1% Evangelical

Scriptures:  The Bible, Jesus film and other recourses are available.

Prayer Points:

  • Pray that the ancient gates of the Akha will open so that the King of Glory can come in.  Psalm 24

  • 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 indigenous church.  

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"In a nutshell" as they say, SEAMIST works in South East Asia!  We plant churches in South East Asia.  We try to focus all our efforts and resources on reaching the least reached peoples in South East Asia.

What does "least reached" mean?  It simply means the people groups that have few or no workers reaching out to them, few or no churches or believers in Jesus Christ.  These would be the most needy of all people in the world!

Our workers are trained to use contextual methods to share the good news.  We just want everyone to know about Jesus!  Our goal is always to leave behind a New Testament church. 

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