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Chakma, Daingnet in Myanmar (Burma)

Chakma, Daingnet

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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
28,000 Chakma Buddhism 0.00 % 0.00 % No   

Chakma, Daingnet in Myanmar (Burma)

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Introduction / History
The Chakma people of south-west Myanmar are among the least known Buddhist people groups in the world. They live in the mountains of northern Rakhine State and adjacent southern areas of Chin State. Much larger populations are found in Bangladesh and India. The Chakma are known officially as Daingnet, one of the seven official ethnic groups in Rakhine State.

Unlike Tibeto-Burman speaking tribes in Myanmar, who migrated southward from China, the Chakma are believed to have come eastward from today's Bangladesh or India to escape fighting in Bengal to the west during the fifteenth to seventeenth centuries.

Because of pressure from neighboring groups, many Daingnet or Chakma are no longer speaking their language and are switching to speaking Rakhine. Because they look similar to the Rohingya in appearance, they also suffer similar persecution. Please pray that the Daingnet could know God's love and acceptance of them.

The Chakma claim to have converted to Buddhism long before coming to Myanmar and still practice Buddhism to this day, along with many animistic practices. The gospel has been brought into western Myanmar. There has been enormous success among animistic groups such as the various branches of Chin, but those tribes like the Chakma who had already embraced Buddhism have been difficult to reach. Today there are no known Christians among the Chakma in Myanmar.

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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:Chin State: Paletwa township, a few villages; Rakhine State: Buthidaung, Maungdaw, Punnakyun, and Kyauktaw (main concentration) townships.
(Source: Ethnologue 2016)
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Ethnolinguistic Map:University of Texas or other map
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People Name in Country: Chakma, Daingnet
People Name General: Chakma
Alternate People Names:
ROP3 Code: 101976
Joshua Project People ID: 11293
Indigenous: No
Population in Country: 28,000
Population all Countries: 673,000
Least-Reached: Yes
Affinity Bloc: South Asian Peoples
People Cluster: South Asia Tribal - Other
People Name General: Chakma
Ethnic Code: CNN25
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
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Primary Language: Chakma (28,000 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): ccp    Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages: 1
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Buddhism
Religion Sub-division:Theravada
Major Religions:
Buddhism100.00 % 
Christianity0.00 %(Evangelical: 0.00 %)
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
Bible Translation Status
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Bible Portions: 1924-1955
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)
Audio RecordingsStory of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project ...
Film / VideoJesus Film: view in Chakma
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Chakma, Daingnet in Myanmar (Burma)

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