Karen, Lahta in Myanmar (Burma)

Joshua Project has identified the Karen, Lahta only in Myanmar (Burma)





Largest Religion

Main Language


Introduction / History

The Lahta people live in a mountainous region. There are about 30 villages, with most in Pekon or Pinlaugn Townships in southern Shan State, with a few in Yeni Township of Mandalay Division. Most Lahta are Buddhist or animist. A few are Roman Catholic. The older people may speak some regional languages in addition to Lahta, though the younger generation speak Lahta and Burmese. Lahta language vitality remains high, with everyone able to speak the language, though in Yeni Township the language is mixed with regional languages in a few villages. Their occupation is farming and they earn their income by farming. Cash is the means of exchange. Lahta gardens can be large and they grow jackfruit, mango, castor and other big trees. Some older people still wear their traditional clothes everyday, but not in every village.

Government primary schools exist in the area. They get electricity from hydro power and they get drinking water from streams. They have shrines in their houses. Dry season access by road is possible to some villages. Most travel by truck, motorcycle, or on foot. The men have short hair and the women have long hair. They sing traditional songs and accompany the songs with flute and drum. All ages of people sing songs.

The Lahta language is distinct and has high vitality.

Profile Source:   Anonymous  

People Name General Karen, Lahta
People Name in Country Karen, Lahta
Population in Myanmar (Burma) 11,000
World Population 11,000
Countries 1
Progress Scale 3.1
Least-Reached No
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Kayan Lahta
Affinity Bloc Tibetan-Himalayan Peoples
People Cluster Karen
People Name General Karen, Lahta
Ethnic Code MSY50g
People ID 12948
Country Myanmar (Burma)
Region Southeast Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 25  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Location in Country Southern Shan state.   Source:  Ethnologue 2010
Languages & Dialects on file:  1  (up to 20 largest shown)
Lahta: Karen, Lahta (11,000)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Lahta: Karen, Lahta 11,000
For Primary Language: Lahta

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions No
New Testament No
Complete Bible No
Resource Format
None reported  
Primary Religion: Ethnic Religions

Major Religion Percent
25.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 3.50 %)
5.00 %
Ethnic Religions
70.00 %
0.00 %
0.00 %
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
0.00 %

Christian Segments Percent
0.0 %
2.0 %
0.0 %
Other Christian
0.0 %
83.0 %
Roman Catholic
15.0 %
Photo Source: Anonymous  
Map Source: Burma Issues  
Profile Source: Anonymous  
Data Sources: Data is compiled from various sources. Read more

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