Introduction / History
The Bawm live in southeast Bangladesh, with many living in various places of Bandarban district but about one-third living in parts of Rangamati district. The Bawm people speak their own language, and they have some written materials in their language such as the Bible, hymns, small books, etc. 100% of the Bawm call themselves Christian. Most of them are jhum (slash-and-burn shifting agriculture) farmers. Some of them are teachers, NGO workers, or pastors, preaching the Gospel to the Mru, to the Khumi, and to other ethnic communities of the Chittagong Hill Tracts.
Where Are they Located?
The Bawm live in the hilly areas. Their villages may be near roads, along riverbanks, or along the edge of the hills. A number of Bawm villages are situated in the valley.
What Are Their Lives Like?
They work as farmers, NGO workers, businessmen, teachers, pastors. Income comes from handicrafts and crops that they produce in their field. They trade with Bengalis and other ethnic community people such as the Marma and Khumi. They grow rice, ginger, turmeric, vegetables, pineapple, oranges, etc. Additionally they make bags, long skirts, shawls, etc. A few have Western musical instruments, computers, TVs, motorbikes, cell phones, etc.
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