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Chin, Laitu in Myanmar (Burma)

Chin, Laitu

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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
17,000 Chin, Laitu Buddhism 25.00 % 3.00 % No No   

Chin, Laitu in Myanmar (Burma)

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Introduction / History
The Laitu Chin are related to the Sumtu Chin [csv], and they understand each other to some extent when they have had sufficient contact with each other. There is a lot of dialect variation among the Laitu Chin, and the villages located further away from the main area have difficulty understanding the main dialect. Within Laitu, there is some question whether literature can be shared among all of the varieties. Doing intelligibility testing of a central variety among the more distant varieties would be helpful to learn how well these more distant varieties understand and accept the central Laitu variety. The Laitu Chin have begun a literacy program. However, it seems that the Laitu need to do more mobilization in other villages, especially in the Buddhist villages and the villages that speak a little differently. The survey team also recommends that the Laitu Literature Committee work to include all of the Laitu leaders, including political and religious leaders among both Buddhists and Christians, in their literature program.

Farming is the main work of the Laitu. They grow crops such as rice, bananas, and mangos. Fishing, cutting timber, and raising animals are also the main jobs of some of the Laitu people. Many Laitu children go to Sittwe Town for their higher education.

Where are they located?
The Laitu villages are located within three townships within Rakhine State, Myanmar: Myepung, Mrauk-U, and Minpya. Pharpyaw, Pheithapyin, and Nyuan Net Khuasung villages (all in Minpya Town-ship) are the main villages among their tribal group. The landscape of the Laitu area is mountainous and has several rivers. The Laitu subjects estimated that they have 1,745 households in Minpya Township, 600 households in Mrauk-U Township, and 576 households in Myepung Township.

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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:Rakhine State: Sittwe district, Minpya, Mrauk-U, and Myepung townships; Chin State: Paletwa township.
(Source: Ethnologue 2016)
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  Peoples [3]
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People Name in Country: Chin, Laitu
People Name General: Chin, Laitu
ROP3 Code: 116849
Joshua Project People ID: 20558
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 17,000
Population all Countries: 17,000
Least-Reached: No
Affinity Bloc: Tibetan-Himalayan Peoples
People Cluster: Kuki-Chin-Lushai
People Name General: Chin, Laitu
Ethnic Code: MSY50c
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
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Primary Language: Chin, Laitu (17,000 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): clj    Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages: 1
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Buddhism
Major Religions:
Buddhism60.00 % 
Christianity25.00 %(Evangelical: 3.00 %)
Ethnic Religions15.00 % 
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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