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Karen, Pwo Eastern in Thailand

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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
56,000 Karen, Pwo Eastern Buddhism 35.00 % 4.00 % No   

Karen, Pwo Eastern in Thailand

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Introduction / History
The Eastern Pwo Karen live in eastern Myanmar, in Kayin Karen State, Mon State, and Taninthari Tenasserim Division. Most are rural farmers, growing rice and vegetables and sometimes raising livestock. Many have fled their homes and fields due to the military conflict around them; some have moved within Myanmar only, and about 50,000 others have migrated to Thailand.

What are their beliefs?
Most practice Buddhism mixed with traditional Karen religion animism. There are also many millennial cults started by Eastern Pwo Karen themselves. These cults' beliefs are usually based in either Buddhism or Christianity. Two of the largest of these groups are called Leke and Telakhon. There are many Christians as well, but they remain a minority.

Through Pwo Karen survey work, it was found that the Bible 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 both 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.

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Country: Thailand
Continent: Asia
Region: Asia, Southeast
10/40 Window: Yes
Location in Country:Phetchaburi, Kanchanaburi, Ratchaburi, and Uthai Thani provinces; Kanchanaburi dialect is north, Ratchaburi-Phetchaburi dialect is south.
(Source: Ethnologue 2016)
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People Name in Country: Karen, Pwo Eastern
People Name General: Karen, Pwo Eastern
Alternate People Names:
Pwo KarenPwo Omkoi Karen
Western Pwo KarenWhite Karen
ROP3 Code: 104659
Joshua Project People ID: 15395
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 56,000
Population all Countries: 1,217,000
Least-Reached: No
Affinity Bloc: Tibetan-Himalayan Peoples
People Cluster: Karen
People Name General: Karen, Pwo Eastern
Ethnic Code: MSY50g
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
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Primary Language: Karen, Pwo Eastern
Language Code (ISO): kjp    Ethnologue Listing
Secondary Languages:
Karen, Pwo Northern (Unknown)
Total Languages: 2
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Buddhism
Major Religions:
Buddhism50.00 % 
Christianity35.00 %(Evangelical: 4.00 %)
Ethnic Religions15.00 % 
Hinduism0.00 % 
Islam0.00 % 
Non-Religious0.00 % 
Other / Small0.00 % 
Unknown0.00 % 
Christianity Segments:
Anglican0.00 %
Independent0.00 %
Protestant35.00 %
Orthodox0.00 %
Other Christian0.00 %
Roman Catholic65.00 %
(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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Bible Portions: 2002
New Testament:
Complete Bible: 1883-1926
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)
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Film / VideoGod's Story Video
Film / VideoJesus Film: view in Karen, Pwo Eastern
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Karen, Pwo Eastern in Thailand

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