Welaung in Myanmar (Burma)

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





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Main Language


Introduction / History

Rawngtu people mainly live in southern Chin State, Myanmar. The Rawngtu villages in Mindat Township are Weilong, Shitwanu,Shitwatha, Lungsum, Lungpum, Kyonnam, Kyannam, Boishi, and Leishi. They also live in the villages of Thala and Yinma in Htilin Township in Magwe Division. The Rawngtu claim some villages in Matupi Township as part of their people group as well, but the people in these villages do not seem to consider themselves Rawngtu; these villages are Phaneng, Hmuntung, Ramting, Changpyang, Vuitu, Hticong, and Yakam in Matupi Township. There are perhaps 5,000 Rawngtu in all.
The Rawngtu language varieties include Kyonnam, Weilong,Shitwanu, and Boishi. The lexical similarity between the Rawngtu villages is over 90%. Intelligibility testing (using RTT) shows that comprehension of the Kyonnam variety among the other Rawngtuvarieties is quite high.
The attitudes of Rawngtu speakers in Mindat Township toward literature in the Kyonnam variety of Rawngtu seem to be positive. People from the Rawngtu villages in Mindat Township seem to accept the existing Rawngtu orthography, which is based on that variety. However, not many literature materials have been produced yet using the Rawngtu orthography.
Vitality of the Rawngtu language appears to be very strong. However, the unity of the Rawngtu language community was not very strong at the time of this survey. Community unity has been weakened by the rift between the Baptist Church and the Church of the Living God. The community will need to rebuild unity before a language development project will be able to succeed among them.

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People Name General Welaung
People Name in Country Welaung
Population in Myanmar (Burma) 5,600
World Population 5,600
Countries 1
Progress Scale 3.2
Least-Reached No
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names
Affinity Bloc Tibetan-Himalayan Peoples
People Cluster Kuki-Chin-Naga
People Name General Welaung
Ethnic Code MSY50z
People ID 15902
Country Myanmar (Burma)
Region Southeast Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 25  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Languages & Dialects on file:  1  (up to 20 largest shown)
Chin, Rawngtu: Welaung (5,600)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Chin, Rawngtu: Welaung 5,600
For Primary Language: Chin, Rawngtu

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

Major Religion Percent
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 100.00 %)
100.00 %
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 %
100.0 %
Roman Catholic
0.0 %
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