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Karen, Pwo Western in Myanmar (Burma)

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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
207,000 Karen, Pwo Western Christianity 42.00 % 18.00 % No   

Karen, Pwo Western in Myanmar (Burma)

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Introduction / History
The Western Pwo Karen live in Myanmar, in the Irrawaddy Delta region. Mostly they are rural rice farmers. There are many Buddhists as well as Christians. Generally, the Buddhists continue to practice traditional Karen religion, that is, making sacrifices to various spirits.

Burmese culture and language has a significant influence among Western Pwo Karen. Some Western Pwo Karen have even given up their language in favor of Burmese, while maintaining their Karen identity. Many Western Pwo Karen were affected by the devastation of Cyclone Nargis in 2008.

Through Pwo Karen survey work, we found that the Bible we called the "Western" Pwo Karen Bible was actually translated for Eastern and Western, and likely was more suitable to Eastern than Western. This information comes from Womack (2005) and Eastern Pwo Karen interviewees. The reason that this translation is today known as the "Western" Pwo Karen Bible is that the Western Pwo Karen converted in larger numbers and use this Bible more. However, the Eastern Pwo Karen Christians do use this Bible as well and consider it to be their own language. Therefore, we now know that the Eastern Pwo Karen have their "own" Bible.

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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:Ayeyarwady: Einmeh, Maubin, Pathein, Twante, others; Bago: including Kyonpyaw and Hinthada towns; Yangon: Twante.
(Source: Ethnologue 2016)
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Ethnolinguistic Map:University of Texas or other map
  Peoples [3]
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People Name in Country: Karen, Pwo Western
People Name General: Karen, Pwo Western
ROP3 Code: 114923
Joshua Project People ID: 19212
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 207,000
Population all Countries: 207,000
Least-Reached: No
Affinity Bloc: Tibetan-Himalayan Peoples
People Cluster: Karen
People Name General: Karen, Pwo Western
Ethnic Code: MSY50g
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
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Primary Language: Karen, Pwo Western (207,000 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): pwo    Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages: 1
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Christianity
Religion Sub-division:Protestant
Major Religions:
Buddhism38.00 % 
Christianity42.00 %(Evangelical: 18.00 %)
Ethnic Religions20.00 % 
Hinduism0.00 % 
Islam0.00 % 
Non-Religious0.00 % 
Other / Small0.00 % 
Unknown0.00 % 
Christianity Segments:
Anglican0.00 %
Independent8.00 %
Protestant75.00 %
Orthodox0.00 %
Other Christian1.00 %
Roman Catholic16.00 %
(Evangelicals distributed across Christianity segments)
Progress Indicators [5]
Progress Scale[6]   Evangelicals have a significant presence.
Least-Reached: No
GSEC Status:Level 4   Greater than or equal to 2% Evangelical
Bible Translation Status
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Bible Portions: 1845-1867
New Testament:
Complete Bible: 1883-1885
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 Karen, Pwo Western
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