Chakma of Bangladesh
People Name: Chakma
Country: Bangladesh
Language: Chakma
Population: 430,000
Unreached: No
People Cluster: South Asia Tribal - Other
Primary Religion: Buddhism
% Adherents: 15.13 %
% Evangelical: Unknown
Progress Status: 2.0
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Colorado Springs, CO 80962
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Introduction / History
Ethnically, the Chakma are Tibeto-Burman, and are related to people groups in the mountains of northeast India and Myanmar. The Chakma are in many ways more culturally southeast Asian than south Asian. For instance, they neither have the dietary restrictions nor the strict gender segregation of their Bengali neighbors. It is believed their ancestors came from Arakan state in Myanmar. Historically the Chakma were rulers of certain areas of the present day Chittagong Hill Tracts. Today, however, the power of the Chakma king is no more than an association chief (Wikipedia "Chakma people" 2007).

There are Christians and churches among the Chakma. Not all these people call themselves Christian, since doing so means the non-Christians will not want to cooperate with them. Growth in the church is happening though rather slowly.

Chakma of Bangladesh