Originally from China, the Tai Daeng (or Red Tai) followed the Red River to Vietnam in order to escape pressure from the Chinese. The Tai Daeng are closely related to the White Tai and the Black Tai. Together, they are part of a larger people group cluster that includes the Laotians and the Shan. The Tai Daeng live together as families and organize their communities by rank: merchants outrank craftsmen, who outrank farmers. The largest group are rice farmers, and priests are in a class of their own.
The Tai Daeng believe in animism mixed with Buddhist teachings. The people revere "guardian spirits" and "locality spirits" but must be careful not to anger them unwittingly. The people must appease the spirits in order to stave off ill-fortune. There are very few Christian resources available in the Tai Daeng language.
There is a need for more laborers to go to northern Vietnam and minister healing to these people whose heritage has been marked by war and foreign domination.
"Send out your light and your truth; let them guide me. Let them lead me to your holy mountain, to the place where you live." Psalm 43:3
Pray that this people group will respond to the Lord’s light and truth.
May God show the Tai Daeng that He is the same yesterday, today and tomorrow. He is not fickle, and we do not have to appease Him but instead we need to be devoted to Him. Pray that missionaries of Asian descent will bring God's international message of peace to the Tai Daeng, resulting in a Disciple Making Movement.
|People Name||Tai Daeng|
|Primary Religion||Ethnic Religions|
|Online Audio NT||No|
|Christ Followers||Few, less than 2%|