Mizo, Bawm in Bangladesh






Largest Religion

Main Language


Introduction / History

The Bawm live in southeast Bangladesh, with many living in various places of Bandarban district but about one-third living in parts of Rangamati district. The Bawm people speak their own language, and they have some written materials in their language such as the Bible, hymns, small books, etc. 100% of the Bawm call themselves Christian. Most of them are jhum (slash-and-burn shifting agriculture) farmers. Some of them are teachers, NGO workers, or pastors, preaching the Gospel to the Mru, to the Khumi, and to other ethnic communities of the Chittagong Hill Tracts.

What are Their Lives Like?

The Bawm live in the hilly areas. Their villages may be near roads, along riverbanks, or along the edge of the hills. A number of Bawm villages are situated in the valley.

The literacy rate among Bawm speakers is nearly 100% in their mother tongue and 35% in Bangla.

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People Name General Mizo, Bawm
People Name in Country Mizo, Bawm
Population in Bangladesh 7,600
World Population 8,700
Countries 2
Progress Scale 2.1
Least-Reached No
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Bawm, Bom, Mizo
Affinity Bloc Tibetan-Himalayan Peoples
People Cluster Mizo-Lushai
People Name General Mizo, Bawm
Ethnic Code MSY50m
People ID 20021
Country Bangladesh
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 48  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States on file:  2  (up to 20 largest shown)
Chittagong (6,600) Sylhet (300)
Total States on file:  2  (up to 20 largest shown)
Chittagong (6,600) Sylhet (300)
Languages & Dialects on file:  1  (up to 20 largest shown)
Chin, Bawm (7,600)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Chin, Bawm 7,600
Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions Yes   (1961)
New Testament Yes   (1977)
Complete Bible Yes   (1989)
Audio Bible Online
Format Resource
Audio Recordings Global Recordings
Audio Recordings Online New Testament (FCBH)

Major Religion Percent
0.87 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
89.02 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
10.12 %
0.00 %
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
0.00 %
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Profile Source: Anonymous  
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