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Moken in Myanmar (Burma)



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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
4,600 Moken Ethnic Religions 0.05 % 0.04 % No   

Moken in Myanmar (Burma)

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Introduction / History
The Moken people are to be found in Southern Burma or Myanmar and in Southern Thailand. They are nomadic on the sea which could make it difficult for the gospel message to be given to them.

The Moken have their own language which is Austronesian, a language used in South East Asia and Oceania. The Moken in Thailand can speak Thai while the Moken in Burma can speak Burmese.

In Thailand the Moken are known as Chao Ley and can be called Selung in Burma. Some of the Moken are Buddhists while others follow traditional religions.

The Moken live off plant life from the sea as they are familiar with the sea. That which they do not eat they exchange for other things at markets. Some Burmese Moken have small wooden boats with a living room, bedroom and kitchen and they move about on the sea in these. Some of their traditional life is lessening though.

The Thai and Burmese governments have tried to get the Moken into the cultures of their countries but it has proved difficult. The Moken live in the Surin Islands and the Phi Phi Islands. With the 2004 tsunami, many of the Moken died but in some regions knowledge of the sea helped the Moken to know the tsunami was arriving and to stay alive.

Prayer Points
* Pray that the Thai and Burmese Christians will give the gospel message to the Moken leading them to Salvation.
* Pray that the nomadic Moken can be found without too much difficulty.

References
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Country: Myanmar (Burma)
Continent: Asia
Region: Southeast Asia
Persecution Rank:18 (Only top 50 ranked, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
10/40 Window: Yes
Total Provinces on file:1
Location in Country:South. Tanintharyi Region, widespread throughout the islands of the Mergui archipelago.
(Source: Ethnologue 2016)
   
 
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  Peoples [3]
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People Name in Country: Moken
People Name General: Moken
Alternate People Names:
SaloneSalong
Sea GypsySelung
ROP3 Code: 106723
Joshua Project People ID: 13769
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 4,600
Population all Countries: 6,700
Least-Reached: Yes
   
 
Affinity Bloc: Malay Peoples
People Cluster: Malay
People Name General: Moken
Ethnic Code: MSY44z
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
   
 
Language
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Primary Language: Moken (4,600 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): mwt    Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages: 1
   
 
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Ethnic Religions
Major Religions:
Buddhism0.00 % 
Christianity0.05 %(Evangelical: 0.04 %)
Ethnic Religions74.95 % 
Hinduism0.00 % 
Islam25.00 % 
Non-Religious0.00 % 
Other / Small0.00 % 
Unknown0.00 % 
Christianity Segments:
Anglican0.00 %
Independent0.00 %
Protestant100.00 %
Orthodox0.00 %
Other Christian0.00 %
Roman Catholic0.00 %
 
(Evangelicals distributed across Christianity segments)
   
 
Progress Indicators [5]
Progress Scale[6]   Few evangelicals and few who claim to be Christians. Little, if any, history of Christianity.
Least-Reached: Yes
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: 1913
New Testament:
2002
Complete Bible: None Reported
Possible Bible Sources: Forum of Bible Agencies
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Ministry Resources [7]
Audio RecordingsMegaVoice Audio Bible and Stories
Audio RecordingsAudio Bible teaching (GRN)
Film / VideoJesus Film: view in Moken
 
 
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