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Mru in Myanmar (Burma)


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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
25,000 Mru Buddhism 4.01 % 0.40 % No   

Mru in Myanmar (Burma)

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Introduction / History
The Mro are also called Mru. They live mostly in Western Burma or Myanmar in the Chin Hill region. There are two main streams in the region and as a result there can be floods when there are monsoons.

The Mro speak Mru which is a Tibeto-Burman language. Latin and the Mru alphabet are used for reading and writing.

The Mro work in cultivation. They believe that a dragon causes earthquakes. When a child is born, bamboos are put on the stream bank and they kill a chicken and put its blood on the bamboo in order to worship the Nats who they believe in.

Regarding marriage among the Mro, the son who wants to be the bridegroom talks with his father about the woman he wants to marry and the father, son and others go to the house of the woman he wants to be his bride. Items are given to the parents of the bride. The father talks to his daughter about her marrying him and if she agrees, a dowry is given. A marriage promise is allowed to be broken as long as one of them says they do not love the other.

For funerals, the Mro cremate the dead and rituals are performed.

What are their beliefs?
The Mro follow Buddhism and animism. Most of them are followers of Theravada Buddhism. There are Christians among them too. In the late 1990s many became Christians due to what happened when Buddhist monks tried to force Christians to become Buddhists. A thunder bolt stopped them first of all. Then lightning destroyed a Buddhist temple. More tried to attack another Christian village and as they went on a raft, fog came. The raft was crashed into by a barge and people on the raft drowned. Many people became Christians as a result. This could help more of the Mro to become Christians when reminded of this.

Prayer Points
* Pray that signs and wonders will bring the Mro to Jesus Christ.
* Pray that the Mro Christians will lead many of their people to Salvation.


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Rakhine State
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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:Rakhine State, Buthidaung, Maungdaw, and Ponnagyun townships.
(Source: Ethnologue 2016)
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Ethnolinguistic Map:University of Texas or other map
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People Name in Country: Mru
People Name General: Mru
Alternate People Names:
ROP3 Code: 106847
Joshua Project People ID: 13849
Indigenous: No
Population in Country: 25,000
Population all Countries: 58,000
Least-Reached: Yes
Affinity Bloc: South Asian Peoples
People Cluster: South Asia Tribal - Other
People Name General: Mru
Ethnic Code: CNN25
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
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Primary Language: Mru (25,000 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): mro    Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages: 1
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Buddhism
Major Religions:
Buddhism95.99 % 
Christianity4.01 %(Evangelical: 0.40 %)
Ethnic Religions0.00 % 
Hinduism0.00 % 
Islam0.00 % 
Non-Religious0.00 % 
Other / Small0.00 % 
Unknown0.00 % 
Christianity Segments:
Anglican0.00 %
Independent0.00 %
Protestant0.00 %
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: 1934
New Testament:
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 Mru
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Mru in Myanmar (Burma)

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