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    Computer class of S'gaw students
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    S'gaw woman at Hin Lad Nai village

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    Little Prince of Tai

    Ordination in Summer of Tai boys


    Boys are ordained as novice monks

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    Be novice monk to learn Buddhism


    Tai-art  mural painting of  Buddha 
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    Maehongson Thailand

    Wat Chong-Kam, Chong Klang

    Hmong childs at Ban Kewkarn
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Subject Tai Ya, Christianity, Chiang Rai, Tai Nam, Tai Lai, Yunnan Province, China, background, culture, tradition, Tai Ya wedding, missionary, migration to Thailand
Author Rujaporn Prachadetsuwat and Ran Runat
Title The influence of Christianity on the Tai Ya ethnic group in Chiang Rai Province
Document Type Research Paper Original Language of Text -
Ethnic Identity Tai Ya, Language and Linguistic Affiliations Tai
Location of
SirindhornAnthropology Center Total Pages - Year 1989
Source Research and Development Institute, Payap University

This report investigated the Tai Ya ethnic group in Chiang Rai Province, covering the ethnic livelihood in China, causes of their migration, and influences of Christianity on the life of the ethnic group. The data were collected from field investigation, interviews, and documentary research. It was found that the ethnic group migrated to Thailand following Thai and American missionaries. When they first settled, they strictly adhered to and followed the teachings of Christianity, applying them to their lives, vocations, and work with others. Their careers and incomes were stable. Nowadays, young generations believe that Christianity is their ancestors’ original religion, without realizing that they were animists before (p. 57).

Text Analyst Phitcha Sriwijitpakorn Date of Report May 18, 2016
TAG Tai Ya, Christianity, Chiang Rai, Tai Nam, Tai Lai, Yunnan Province, China, background, culture, tradition, Tai Ya wedding, missionary, migration to Thailand, Translator -


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