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Karen, Eastern Kayah in Thailand

Karen, Eastern Kayah

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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
19,000 Kayah, Eastern Buddhism 18.00 % 4.00 % No No   

Karen, Eastern Kayah in Thailand

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Introduction / History
The Eastern Kayah Li are a Karenic ethnic group, most closely related to Western Kayah Li. The majority of Eastern Kayah Li live in eastern Kayah State in Myanmar, while a small population migrated to Mae Hong Son Province in western Thailand about 60 years ago and established permanent villages during the last 20-40 years. The Eastern and Western Kayah Li consider themselves to be ethnically one.

The name "Kayah" is sometimes also used. However, "Kayah" may refer to not only the Kayah Li but also several related language groups that live in the same area of Myanmar. The name "Kayah Li" refers specifically to the Kayah Li, including Eastern, Western and other varieties. The Eastern Kayah Li people in Thailand are rice farmers living in ten mostly homogenous Kayah Li villages in Mae Hong Son Province. While some have adopted Buddhism or Christianity, the majority of the Eastern Kayah Li practice traditional animism.

The current vitality of the Eastern Kayah Li language in Thailand appears to be strong. Eastern Kayah Li is the primary language of the home, and children can speak only Eastern Kayah Li before entering school. While most Eastern Kayah Li adults can also speak Shan, and those who have had education can also speak Central Thai, Eastern Kayah Li people continue to speak Eastern Kayah Li as their first and best language.

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Country: Thailand
Continent: Asia
Region: Asia, Southeast
10/40 Window: Yes
Location in Country:Mae Hong Son province: east of Salween river.
(Source: Ethnologue 2016)
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People Name in Country: Karen, Eastern Kayah
People Name General: Karen, Eastern Kayah
Alternate People Names:
Eastern KayahRed Karen
ROP3 Code: 108337
Joshua Project People ID: 14532
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 19,000
Population all Countries: 28,000
Least-Reached: No
Affinity Bloc: Tibetan-Himalayan Peoples
People Cluster: Karen
People Name General: Karen, Eastern Kayah
Ethnic Code: MSY50g
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Primary Language: Kayah, Eastern (19,000 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): eky    Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages: 1
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Buddhism
Major Religions:
Buddhism60.00 % 
Christianity18.00 %(Evangelical: 4.00 %)
Ethnic Religions22.00 % 
Hinduism0.00 % 
Islam0.00 % 
Non-Religious0.00 % 
Other / Small0.00 % 
Unknown0.00 % 
Christianity Segments:
Anglican0.00 %
Independent0.00 %
Protestant55.00 %
Orthodox0.00 %
Other Christian0.00 %
Roman Catholic45.00 %
(Evangelicals distributed across Christianity segments)
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Progress Scale[6]   Evangelicals have a modest presence.
Least-Reached: No
GSEC Status:Level 6   Greater than or equal to 10% Evangelical
Bible Translation Status
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Bible Portions: Yes
New Testament:
Complete Bible: None Reported
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Karen, Eastern Kayah in Thailand

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    Karen     Asia, Southeast    
      Karen, Eastern Kayah Thailand    
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      Buddhism     Kayah, Eastern  
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