Karen, Pwo, Western in Myanmar (Burma)

Joshua Project has identified the Karen, Pwo, Western only in Myanmar (Burma)

Population

251,000

Christian

42.0%

Evangelical

32.0%

Largest Religion

Main Language

Progress


Profile Source: Anonymous


Introduction / History

The Western Pwo Karen live in Myanmar, in the Irrawaddy Delta region. Mostly they are rural rice farmers. There are many Buddhists as well as Christians. Generally, the Buddhists continue to practice traditional Karen religion, that is, making sacrifices to various spirits.

Burmese culture and language has a significant influence among Western Pwo Karen. Some Western Pwo Karen have even given up their language in favor of Burmese, while maintaining their Karen identity. Many Western Pwo Karen were affected by the devastation of Cyclone Nargis in 2008.

Through Pwo Karen survey work, we found that the Bible we called the “Western” Pwo Karen Bible was actually translated for Eastern and Western, and likely was more suitable to Eastern than Western. This information comes from Womack (2005) and Eastern Pwo Karen interviewees. The reason that this translation is today known as the “Western” Pwo Karen Bible is that the Western Pwo Karen converted in larger numbers and use this Bible more. However, the Eastern Pwo Karen Christians do use this Bible as well and consider it to be their own language. Therefore, we now know that the Eastern Pwo Karen have their “own” Bible.




Profile Source: Anonymous

Expanded PDF Profile

People Name General Karen, Pwo, Western
People Name in Country Karen, Pwo, Western
Population in Myanmar (Burma) 251,000
Progress Scale 3.2
Least-Reached No
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names
Affinity Bloc Tibetan-Himalayan Peoples
People Cluster Karen
People Name General Karen, Pwo, Western
Ethnic Code MSY50g
Country Myanmar (Burma)
Continent Asia
Region Southeast Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Location in Country Ayeyawaddy (Irrawaddy) Delta
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Karen, Pwo Western (251,000)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Karen, Pwo Western 251,000
Largest Religion Ethnic Religions
Buddhism
0.00%
Christianity
42%    ( Evangelical  32% )
Ethnic Religions
57.00%
Hinduism
0.00%
Islam
0.00%
Non-Religious
0.00%
Other / Small
1.00%
Unknown
0.00%
Christian Segments
Anglican
0.00%
Independent
8.00%
Protestant
75.00%
Orthodox
0.00%
Other Christian
1.00%
Roman Catholic
16.00%
Map Source: Anonymous
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