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Kanan in Myanmar (Burma)


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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
10,000 Kanan Buddhism 5.00 % 3.00 % No No   

Kanan in Myanmar (Burma)

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Introduction / History
Kanan language varieties are reported to be similar to one another, with only slight differences in accent or speed. No differences in vocabulary were reported among Kanan varieties. Nanza and Hoyaw varieties were mentioned as Kanan prestige dialects.

There is a high degree of contact among all Kanan, as they frequently travel to other Kanan villages for business and visiting. There is also much intermarriage between geographically close Kanan villages.

The Kanan and Kadu reported that they are similar in many ways, in their language, cultural traditions and everyday life. The only differences they mentioned were about their housing, and in a few animistic beliefs and practices. Even though many subjects acknowledged similarity between Kanan and Kadu, they also expressed a sense of separate ethnolinguistic identity.

What are their lives like?
Most of the Kanan people live in Banmauk Township. The Kanan live along the Mu River, to the southwest of the Kadu area. A few Kanan also live in Pinlebu Township, but this area is not connected to the Kanan ma-jority area. It is not known how many Kanan live in Pinlebu Township or how long they have lived there. Information gathered indicates that there are 1,730 Kanan households.

What are their beliefs?
Local evangelists from other ethnic groups within Myanmar have done outreach and evangelistic activities among the Kanan people.

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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:Sagaing Region: Katha district, Banmauk township, along Mu river, southwest of Kadu [zkd] language area, 24 villages; Homalin, Indaw, and Pinlebu townships, a few villages.
(Source: Ethnologue 2016)
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People Name in Country: Kanan
People Name General: Kanan
Alternate People Names:
ROP3 Code: 116866
Joshua Project People ID: 20535
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 10,000
Population all Countries: 10,000
Least-Reached: No
Affinity Bloc: Tibetan-Himalayan Peoples
People Cluster: Hani
People Name General: Kanan
Ethnic Code: MSY50i
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
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Primary Language: Kanan
Language Code (ISO): zkn    Ethnologue Listing
Secondary Languages:
Shan (Unknown)
Total Languages: 2
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Buddhism
Major Religions:
Buddhism85.00 % 
Christianity5.00 %(Evangelical: 3.00 %)
Ethnic Religions10.00 % 
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]   Evangelicals have a modest presence.
Least-Reached: No
Bible Translation Status
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New Testament: None Reported
Complete Bible: None Reported
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Audio RecordingsAudio Bible teaching (GRN)
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Kanan in Myanmar (Burma)

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      Kanan Myanmar (Burma)    
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