Kadu, Thet in Myanmar (Burma)





Largest Religion

Main Language


Rakhine State

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Where Are they Located?

There are three main Kadu varieties: Mawteik, Settaw, and Mawkhwin. The Settaw Kadu and the Mawkhwin Kadu live in Banmauk Township and the Mawteik Kadu live primarily in Indaw Township. The Mawkhwin are a small group, living in five villages between the Settaw Kadu and the Kanan. The Settaw and Mawteik groups are very large (over 30 villages each). However, language vitality among the Mawteik is very low. Burmese is the first and best language of most Mawteik people. Burmese is widely spoken among the Mawteik Kadu people, while the Settaw and Mawkhwin Kadu speak Kadu in almost every situation of their daily life.

What Are Their Lives Like?

All the Kadu subjects interviewed from the different varieties (Settaw, Mawkhwin, and Mawteik) identify themselves as belonging to the Kadu people group. However, they also reported that there are vocabulary and tone differences among the Kadu varieties. Overall, the Settaw variety was viewed as the most prestigious by the Kadu subjects.

The population of the Kadu in Banmauk Township has been estimated at 30,000. The Kadu population in Indaw Township, where the Kadu people live among other people groups, is unknown. The population of the Kadu reported to be living in other townships is also unknown. Thus, the Kadu population as a whole cannot be calculated yet. Some Kadu people living in Indaw Township identify themselves as Burmese or Shan-Kadu, even though both of their parents are Kadu. This identification seems to be because they themselves cannot speak Kadu.

All of the Kadu people can speak Burmese well. In fact, in all the Maw-teik villages visited, it was evident that Burmese culture is being chosen over the Kadu traditional lifestyle and cultural norms. All of the Mawteik Kadu people said that they speak Burmese as their first and best language. However, in the Settaw Kadu villages and the Mawkhwin villages, Kadu is widely spoken. The Kadu people in Banmauk Township speak Kadu as their first and best language.

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People Name General Kadu, Thet
People Name in Country Kadu, Thet
Population in Myanmar (Burma) 35,000
World Population 190,000
Countries 2
Progress Scale 3.1
Least-Reached No
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Asak, Dari, Gado, Ganan, Ka Dwo, Kato, Katu, Kudo, Mawteik, Puteik, Sak, Sakkya, Shakama, That, Thet
Affinity Bloc Tibetan-Himalayan Peoples
People Cluster Hani
People Name General Kadu, Thet
Ethnic Code MSY50i
People ID 18516
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 Sagaing Division just west of Mandalay, Banmauk, Pinlebu and Indaw townships (Kadu, with Gaanan farther west); Rakhine state (Thet).   Source:  Ethnologue 2010
Languages & Dialects on file:  1  (up to 20 largest shown)
Kadu (35,000)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Kadu 35,000
For Primary Language: Kadu

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions No
New Testament No
Complete Bible No
Resource Format
Audio Bible teaching (GRN) Audio Recordings
Primary Religion: Ethnic Religions

Major Religion Percent
10.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 3.50 %)
5.00 %
Ethnic Religions
85.00 %
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 %
97.0 %
Roman Catholic
3.0 %
Photo Source: Operation China, Paul Hattaway   Copyrighted ©   Used with permission
Map Source: Anonymous  
Video Source: Asia Harvest
Profile Source: Anonymous  
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