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Karen, Lahta in Myanmar (Burma)

Karen, Lahta

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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
11,000 Zayein Buddhism 18.00 % 9.00 % No No   

Karen, Lahta in Myanmar (Burma)

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Introduction / History
The Lahta people live in a mountainous region. There are about 30 villages, with most in Pekon or Pinlaugn Townships in southern Shan State, with a few in Yeni Township of Mandalay Division. Most Lahta are Buddhist or animist. A few are Roman Catholic. The older people may speak some regional languages in addition to Lahta, though the younger generation speak Lahta and Burmese. Lahta language vitality remains high, with everyone able to speak the language, though in Yeni Township the language is mixed with regional languages in a few villages. Their occupation is farming and they earn their income by farming. Cash is the means of exchange. Lahta gardens can be large and they grow jackfruit, mango, castor and other big trees. Some older people still wear their traditional clothes everyday, but not in every village.

Government primary schools exist in the area. They get electricity from hydro power and they get drinking water from streams. They have shrines in their houses. Dry season access by road is possible to some villages. Most travel by truck, motorcycle, or on foot. The men have short hair and the women have long hair. They sing traditional songs and accompany the songs with flute and drum. All ages of people sing songs.

The Lahta language is distinct and has high vitality.

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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:Shan State: Pekon and Pinlaung townships; Mandalay Region, Pyinnmana township.
(Source: Ethnologue 2016)
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People Name in Country: Karen, Lahta
People Name General: Karen, Lahta
Alternate People Names:
Kayan Lahta
ROP3 Code: 105575
Joshua Project People ID: 12948
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 11,000
Population all Countries: 11,000
Least-Reached: No
Affinity Bloc: Tibetan-Himalayan Peoples
People Cluster: Karen
People Name General: Karen, Lahta
Ethnic Code: MSY50g
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Primary Language: Zayein
Language Code (ISO): kxk    Ethnologue Listing
Secondary Languages:
Lahta: Karen, Lahta (Unknown)
Total Languages: 2
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Buddhism
Major Religions:
Buddhism50.00 % 
Christianity18.00 %(Evangelical: 9.00 %)
Ethnic Religions32.00 % 
Hinduism0.00 % 
Islam0.00 % 
Non-Religious0.00 % 
Other / Small0.00 % 
Unknown0.00 % 
Christianity Segments:
Anglican0.00 %
Independent2.00 %
Protestant83.00 %
Orthodox0.00 %
Other Christian0.00 %
Roman Catholic15.00 %
(Evangelicals distributed across Christianity segments)
Progress Indicators [5]
Progress Scale[6]   Evangelicals have a modest presence.
Least-Reached: No
GSEC Status:Level 5   Greater than or equal to 5% Evangelical
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New Testament: None Reported
Complete Bible: None Reported
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None Reported
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Karen, Lahta in Myanmar (Burma)

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