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Taungyo in Myanmar (Burma)


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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
45,000 Taungyo Buddhism 0.60 % 0.40 % No No   

Taungyo in Myanmar (Burma)

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Introduction / History
The Taungyo people speak a nonstandard variety of Burmese. They live within southern Shan State, Myanmar, in the townships of Kalaw and Pinlon.

What are their lives like?
They are fishermen and agriculturalists. The Taungyo live intermingled with people of other ethnicities but still maintain themselves as a separate group. The men dress in typical Myanmar fashion, but the women have a distinctive dress. They wear lots of silver on their earrings and bracelets and heavy brass rings on their legs. Before they are married they wear them around their ankles and afterwards they wear them just below their knee.

What are their beliefs?
Almost all of the Taungyo people are Buddhists. Some outreach is being done among them by local evangelists and missionaries from other people groups within Myanmar.

What are their needs?
Since the Taungyo people speak a nonstandard variety of Burmese, they may not like seeing their language in print. However, audio and video evangelistic materials in the Taungyo language may be very effective.

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Global Prayer Digest: 2008-06-14
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Shan 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:They are primarily located in mountainous valleys of southwest Shan State and southeast Mandalay Division. The centre of the Taungyo could be said to be the town of Pindaya in Shan State.
(Source: Peoples of the Buddhist World, 2004)
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Ethnolinguistic Map:University of Texas or other map
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People Name in Country: Taungyo
People Name General: Taungyo
Alternate People Names:
ROP3 Code: 109884
Joshua Project People ID: 15290
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 45,000
Population all Countries: 45,000
Least-Reached: Yes
Affinity Bloc: Tibetan-Himalayan Peoples
People Cluster: Burmese
People Name General: Taungyo
Ethnic Code: MSY50b
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
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Primary Language: Taungyo (45,000 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): tco    Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages: 1
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Buddhism
Religion Sub-division:Theravada
Major Religions:
Buddhism98.00 % 
Christianity0.60 %(Evangelical: 0.40 %)
Ethnic Religions1.40 % 
Hinduism0.00 % 
Islam0.00 % 
Non-Religious0.00 % 
Other / Small0.00 % 
Unknown0.00 % 
Christianity Segments:
Anglican0.00 %
Independent5.00 %
Protestant90.00 %
Orthodox0.00 %
Other Christian0.00 %
Roman Catholic5.00 %
(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: Help start a Bible Translation
New Testament: None Reported
Complete Bible: None Reported
Ministry Resources [7]
None Reported
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Taungyo in Myanmar (Burma)

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      Taungyo Myanmar (Burma)    
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