Daily Topic for August 27, 2010

Revelation 22:17
Whoever is thirsty, let him come; and whoever wishes, let him take the free gift of the water of life.

Drink from the water of life! It is free, and it cleanses us from sin! The Tai Phake people of Assam understand the need for cleansing from sin. Water is already a symbol that they associate with spiritual cleansing. Yet they don’t know the One who alone can wash away our sins.

Pray that soon the Tai Phake people will sing praises to the One who alone can wash away their sins. Pray that they will joyously give thanks to the One who cleanses from sin.

Tai-Phake People

by CH

The Tai-Phake people of India’s Assam state come close to celebrating Easter without knowing it! It is the New Year along the south bank of the Buridhing River. About 250 families of the Tai-Phake community prepare to celebrate a major three-day festival called Poi Sangen.

The parallels between Poi Sangen and Easter are unavoidable. The festival is three days long, and Jesus rose on the third day. The festival is called Poi Sangen, and the Latin word for blood is sanguis. At the high point in the Poi Sangen festival, people splash one another with water to wash away sin. In 1 Peter 3:21, the Bible uses water as a symbol of washing away sin. This festival falls on or about April 14, and Easter can fall anywhere between March 22 and April 25. These parallels are even more remarkable because the Tai-Phake have a strong Theravada Buddhist tradition, which they mix with animism.

They are a gentle people who take a vow not to kill animals for food. Their speech is a complex language of rising and falling tones, with complex rules for adding suffixes to base words.

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Pray that God will send workers who will be willing to learn this complex and colorful language and culture, and who will be able to explain the true meaning of their New Year traditions in light of Christ’s resurrection victory.

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