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Pankhu, Panko in Bangladesh

Pankhu, Panko

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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
5,800 Pangkhua Buddhism 3.31 % Unknown No No   

Pankhu, Panko in Bangladesh

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Introduction / History
The Pangkhua are one of the people groups of the Chittagong Hill Tracts of southeast Bangladesh. Most Pangkhua villages are deep in the jungles of Rangamati district, and many must be reached by boat for most of the year.

What are their lives like?
The Pangkhua build their houses on top of hills. Their houses are made of bamboo, wood and tin. Their main profession is jhum (slash-and-burn shifting cultivation) farming, but now a few of them are working in local NGOs. The younger generation are becoming more educated than their parents.

Among themselves the Pangkhua speak their own Pangkhua language. They don't have any written materials in their language. With people from other communities they speak local Chittagonian (known as Pahari Chatgaya Vasha). Many of them can also speak Bawm as a second language. Some of them speak the national language Bangla and also neighboring languages such as Tangchangya, Chakma, and Tripura.

What are their beliefs?
Some of the Pangkhua people are now Christian. Since they don't have any written materials in their language they are using Mizo (Lushai) Christian literature.

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Country: Bangladesh
Continent: Asia
Region: Asia, South
Persecution Rank:30 (Only top 50 ranked, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
10/40 Window: Yes
Population in Country:5,800
Largest Provinces:
Chittagong (5,600)
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People Name in Country: Pankhu, Panko
People Name General: Pankhu
Alternate People Names:
ROP3 Code: 107850
Joshua Project People ID: 14300
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 5,800
Population all Countries: 5,800
Least-Reached: Yes
Affinity Bloc: South Asian Peoples
People Cluster: South Asia Buddhist
People Name General: Pankhu
Ethnic Code: CNN25
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
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Primary Language: Pangkhua (5,700 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): pkh    Ethnologue Listing
Secondary Languages:
Chittagonian (200)
Total Languages: 2
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Buddhism
Major Religions:
Buddhism96.69 % 
Christianity3.31 %(Evangelical: Data not available)
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 6   Greater than or equal to 10% Evangelical
Bible Translation Status
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Bible Portions: Help start a Bible Translation
New Testament: None Reported
Complete Bible: None Reported
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Pankhu, Panko in Bangladesh

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      Pankhu Bangladesh    
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