Mru, Mro in Myanmar (Burma)





Largest Religion

Main Language


Rakhine State

Source:  Asia Harvest      Download
Introduction / History

The Mro are also called Mru. They live mostly in Western Burma or Myanmar in the Chin Hill region. There are two main streams in the region and as a result there can be floods when there are monsoons.

The Mro speak Mru which is a Tibeto-Burman language. Latin and the Mru alphabet are used for reading and writing.

The Mro work in cultivation. They believe that a dragon causes earthquakes. When a child is born, bamboos are put on the stream bank and they kill a chicken and put its blood on the bamboo in order to worship the Nats who they believe in.

Regarding marriage among the Mro, the son who wants to be the bridegroom talks with his father about the woman he wants to marry and the father, son and others go to the house of the woman he wants to be his bride. Items are given to the parents of the bride. The father talks to his daughter about her marrying him and if she agrees, a dowry is given. A marriage promise is allowed to be broken as long as one of them says they do not love the other.

For funerals, the Mro cremate the dead and rituals are performed.

What Are Their Beliefs?

The Mro follow Buddhism and animism. Most of them are followers of Theravada Buddhism. There are Christians among them too. In the late 1990s many became Christians due to what happened when Buddhist monks tried to force Christians to become Buddhists. A thunder bolt stopped them first of all. Then lightning destroyed a Buddhist temple. More tried to attack another Christian village and as they went on a raft, fog came. The raft was crashed into by a barge and people on the raft drowned. Many people became Christians as a result. This could help more of the Mro to become Christians when reminded of this.

Prayer Points

* Pray that signs and wonders will bring the Mro to Jesus Christ.
* Pray that the Mro Christians will lead many of their people to Salvation.


Profile Source:   Anonymous  

People Name General Mru
People Name in Country Mru, Mro
Population in Myanmar (Burma) 25,000
World Population 59,000
Countries 3
Progress Scale 1.2
Least-Reached Yes
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Khammi, Mro, Mrung, Murong, Murung, Niopreng
Affinity Bloc Tibetan-Himalayan Peoples
People Cluster Kuki-Chin-Naga
People Name General Mru
Ethnic Code MSY50c
People ID 13849
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 Rakhine State, Buthidaung, Maungdaw, and Ponnagyun townships..   Source:  Ethnologue 17th Edition
Languages & Dialects on file:  1  (up to 20 largest shown)
Mru (25,000)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Mru 25,000
For Primary Language: Mru

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions Yes   (1934)
New Testament Yes   (1994)
Complete Bible No
Resource Format
Audio Bible teaching (GRN) Audio Recordings
Jesus Film: view in Mru Film / Video
Primary Religion: Buddhism

Major Religion Percent
95.99 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.40 %)
4.01 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
0.00 %
0.00 %
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
0.00 %

Christian Segments Percent
0.0 %
0.0 %
0.0 %
Other Christian
0.0 %
0.0 %
Roman Catholic
0.0 %
Photo Source: Gerald Roberts  
Map Source: Bethany World Prayer Center  
Video Source: Asia Harvest
Profile Source: Anonymous  
Data Sources: Data is compiled from various sources. Read more

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