Taungyo, Dawe in Myanmar (Burma)

Joshua Project has identified the Taungyo only in Myanmar (Burma)





Largest Religion

Main Language


Shan State

Source:  Asia Harvest      Download
Where Are they Located?

The Taungyo people speak a nonstandard variety of Burmese. They live within southern Shan State, Myanmar, in the townships of Kalaw and Pinlon.

What Are Their Lives Like?

They are fishermen and agriculturalists. The Taungyo live intermingled with people of other ethnicities but still maintain themselves as a separate group. The men dress in typical Myanmar fashion, but the women have a distinctive dress. They wear lots of silver on their earrings and bracelets and heavy brass rings on their legs. Before they are married they wear them around their ankles and afterwards they wear them just below their knee.

What Are Their Beliefs?

Almost all of the Taungyo people are 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 Taungyo people speak a nonstandard variety of Burmese, they may not like seeing their language in print. However, audio and video evangelistic materials in the Taungyo language may be very effective.

Profile Source:   Anonymous  

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Global Prayer Digest: 2008-06-14
People Name General Taungyo
People Name in Country Taungyo, Dawe
Population in Myanmar (Burma) 46,000
World Population 46,000
Countries 1
Progress Scale 1.2
Least-Reached Yes
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Dawai, Dawe, Taru, Tawe-Tavoy, Toru
Affinity Bloc Tibetan-Himalayan Peoples
People Cluster Burmese
People Name General Taungyo
Ethnic Code MSY50b
People ID 15290
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 They are primarily located in mountainous valleys of southwest Shan State and southeast Mandalay Division. The centre of the Taungyo could be said to be the town of Pindaya in Shan State..   Source:  Peoples of the Buddhist World, 2004
Languages & Dialects on file:  1  (up to 20 largest shown)
Taungyo (46,000)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Taungyo 46,000
For Primary Language: Taungyo

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions No
New Testament No
Complete Bible No
Resource Format
None reported  
Primary Religion: Buddhism
Religion Subdivision: Theravada

Major Religion Percent
98.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.40 %)
0.60 %
Ethnic Religions
1.40 %
0.00 %
0.00 %
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
0.00 %

Christian Segments Percent
0.0 %
5.0 %
0.0 %
Other Christian
0.0 %
90.0 %
Roman Catholic
5.0 %
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Map Source: Anonymous  
Video Source: Asia Harvest
Profile Source: Anonymous  
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