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Karen, Kayah in Myanmar (Burma)

Karen, Kayah

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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
160,000 Kayah, Western Buddhism 28.00 % 20.00 %   

Karen, Kayah in Myanmar (Burma)

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Introduction / History
The Western Kayah people live in 150 villages plus towns in Kayah State, which is located on the eastern border of central Myanmar. Each village has one elementary school. Their population in Myanmar is approximately 150,000 with another 3,000 living in northern Thailand. Most of the people that live in Thailand relocated in order to take advantage of better employment opportunities.

The origin of the Kayah people could possibly be Mongolia. Although the people live mainly on mountain slopes, they are able to grow corn, groundnuts, berries and vegetables. They also raise cattle and do some hunting. The temperature on the mountains can get as low as 10F during the winter whereas the temperature in the summer can be as high as 70F. The New Testament has been available since 2010. One of their interesting celebrations is the Pole Festival. Each year, a pole is placed in the ground and the shopkeepers bring a small portion of their goods and leave it at the pole. Since the poles are left in the ground, the age of the village can be determined by counting the poles.

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Country: Myanmar (Burma)
Continent: Asia
Region: Asia, Southeast
Persecution Rank:19 (Only top 50 ranked, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
10/40 Window: Yes
Location in Country:With a population in excess of a quarter million, the Western Kayah are the largest ethnic group in Kayah State in eastern Myanmar. The main centre for the Kayah people is the town of Loikaw in north-western Kayah State. An additional 20,000 Western Kayah are presently stuck in refugee camps across the border in Thailand.
(Source: Peoples of the Buddhist World, 2004)
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People Name in Country: Karen, Kayah
People Name General: Karen, Kayah
Alternate People Names:
Darieng DaengKarenni
Karieng DaengKarrenyi
KayahKayah Li
Red KarenWestern Karen
Yang Deang
ROP3 Code: 104775
Joshua Project People ID: 12587
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 160,000
Population all Countries: 182,000
Least-Reached: No
Affinity Bloc: Tibetan-Himalayan Peoples
People Cluster: Karen
People Name General: Karen, Kayah
Ethnic Code: MSY50g
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
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Primary Language: Kayah, Western
Language Code (ISO): kyu    Ethnologue Listing
Secondary Languages:
Kayah, Eastern (Unknown)
Total Languages: 2
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Buddhism
Religion Sub-division:Theravada
Major Religions:
Buddhism50.00 % 
Christianity28.00 %(Evangelical: 20.00 %)
Ethnic Religions22.00 % 
Hinduism0.00 % 
Islam0.00 % 
Non-Religious0.00 % 
Other / Small0.00 % 
Unknown0.00 % 
Christianity Segments:
Anglican0.00 %
Independent5.00 %
Protestant80.00 %
Orthodox0.00 %
Other Christian0.00 %
Roman Catholic15.00 %
(Evangelicals distributed across Christianity segments)
Progress Indicators [5]
Progress Scale[6]   Evangelicals have a significant presence.
Least-Reached: No
GSEC Status:Level 1   Less than 2% Evangelical. Some evangelical resources available, but no active church planting within past 2 years
Bible Translation Status
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Bible Portions: 2008
New Testament:
Complete Bible: None Reported
Possible Bible Sources: Forum of Bible Agencies
 World Bible Finder
 World Christian Resource Directory
 Gospel Go
Ministry Resources [7]
Audio RecordingsMegaVoice Audio Bible and Stories
Audio RecordingsAudio Bible teaching (GRN)
Audio RecordingsOnline New Testament (FCBH)
Audio RecordingsStory of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project ...
Film / VideoGod's Story Video
Film / VideoJesus Film: view in Kayah, Western
Text / Printed MatterBible: Lisǎsè̌ Athè̌ - Kayǎ Ngó̤
Text / Printed MatterOnline Bible text (Scripture Earth)
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Karen, Kayah in Myanmar (Burma)

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    Karen     Asia, Southeast    
      Karen, Kayah Myanmar (Burma)    
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