Rakhine, Arakanese in Myanmar (Burma)





Largest Religion

Main Language


Rakhine State

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Where Are they Located?

The Rakhine people speak a nonstandard variety of Burmese. They live throughout Rakhine State, Myanmar, mainly in the townships of Sittwe, Ponnagyun, Kyauktaw, Mrauk Oo, Kyauk Phyu, Man Aung, Taunggup, and Thandwe. Many other minority people living in Rakhine State and nearby Paletwa Township (Chin State) can also speak Rakhine as their second language. The Rakhine people are fishermen and agriculturalists.

What Are Their Beliefs?

Almost all of the Rakhine people are staunch Buddhists. Some outreach is being done among them by local evangelists and missionaries from other people groups within Myanmar.

What Are Their Needs?

Since the Rakhine people speak a nonstandard variety of Burmese, they would probably be able to adequately use the Burmese Bible for written literature. However, it would be beneficial to produce evangelistic materials (such as audio-visual materials, songs, tracts, etc.) in the Rakhine language.

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Prayer Links
Global Prayer Digest: 2006-07-19
Global Prayer Digest: 2008-06-09
Global Prayer Digest: 2014-06-08
People Name General Arakanese
People Name in Country Rakhine, Arakanese
Population in Myanmar (Burma) 2,719,000
World Population 2,963,000
Countries 3
Progress Scale 1.2
Least-Reached Yes
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Maga, Magh, Maghi, Marma, Mash, Mogh, Morma, Mugg, Yakan, Yakine
Affinity Bloc Tibetan-Himalayan Peoples
People Cluster Burmese
People Name General Arakanese
Ethnic Code MSY50b
People ID 13207
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 Southwest, Rakhine (Arakan) state.   Source:  Ethnologue 2010
Languages & Dialects on file:  2  (up to 20 largest shown)
Burmese Rakhine
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Burmese Rakhine
For Primary Language: Rakhine

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions No
New Testament No
Complete Bible No
Resource Format
Audio Bible teaching (GRN) Audio Recordings
Audio Bible teaching (GRN) Audio Recordings
God's Story Video Film / Video
Jesus Film: view in Rakhine Film / Video
Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project) Audio Recordings
Primary Religion: Buddhism
Religion Subdivision: Theravada

Major Religion Percent
67.50 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.04 %)
0.10 %
Ethnic Religions
15.00 %
0.30 %
17.00 %
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.10 %
0.00 %

Christian Segments Percent
20.0 %
4.0 %
0.0 %
Other Christian
1.0 %
35.0 %
Roman Catholic
40.0 %
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