The Tai Dam are an ethnic minority in parts of Peninsular Aisa. They are ethnically similar to Thai, Lao, and Shan people. The name Tai Dam means "Black Tai," attributed to the black clothing worn by women in the group. They grow wet rice in the valleys of this region through terrace planting and irrigation. Their society has a hierarchal structure with the Chao Moung, prince, at the top then below him, the society is organized by age, occupation, wealth, and residence. The majority practice Buddhism and animism. They believe in many spirits; inanimate objects hold spirits, there are local spirits, and guardian spirits which are believed to align with their societal structure. They also worship their ancestors, because of their belief that spirits remain after they die and need to be cared for
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Please spend a few moments in prayer for the following:
- Pray for open doors for workers to share the gospel with the Tai Dam
- Pray for the hearts of the Tai Dam, may the Holy Spirit reveal himself to them in visions and dreams.
- Pray for those who minister to the Tai Dam, that God would encourage and empower them as they spread His gospel.
- Pray for Tai Dam Christians may they be bold to share the gospel with their families and neighbors.
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