Karen, Pwo, Northern in Thailand

Joshua Project has identified the Karen, Pwo, Northern only in Thailand





Largest Religion

Main Language


Introduction / History

The Northern Pwo Karen live in northern Thailand, mostly in the mountains, but some on the plains, in Chiang Mai, Mae Hong Son and Lamphun provinces. They are mostly rural farmers. Usually they grow rice, and may also raise livestock or grow other crops such as chilies, peanuts or vegetables. Some own their own fields and some work as hired laborers. Those living in cities are laborers or professionals.

Along with other Karen groups, the Northern Pwo Karen are known for their colorful weaving of shirts, skirts, and bags. In some places, the women wear Karen skirts or shirts in their everyday lives; in other places, they reserve the traditional clothing for special days.

What Are Their Beliefs?

Most Northern Pwo Karen follow a mixture of Buddhism and traditional Karen religion (animism). There are also some Christians. Of the three provinces, Lamphun has the fewest Christians, but there is ongoing evangelism and a small church there. Christians are sometimes persecuted by their neighbors, especially if they are the first Christians in the village.

Profile Source:   Anonymous  

Expanded PDF Profile

People Name General Karen, Pwo, Northern
People Name in Country Karen, Pwo, Northern
Population in Thailand 81,000
World Population 81,000
Countries 1
Progress Scale 2.2
Least-Reached No
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names
Affinity Bloc Tibetan-Himalayan Peoples
People Cluster Karen
People Name General Karen, Pwo, Northern
Ethnic Code MSY50g
People ID 20333
Languages & Dialects on file:  1  (up to 20 largest shown)
Karen, Pwo Northern (81,000)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Karen, Pwo Northern 81,000
For Primary Language: Karen, Pwo Northern

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions Yes   (1995)
New Testament Yes   (2002)
Complete Bible No
Audio Bible Online
Resource Format
Audio Bible teaching (GRN) Audio Recordings
Jesus Film: view in Karen, Pwo Northern Film / Video
Online New Testament (FCBH) Audio Recordings
Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project) Audio Recordings
Primary Religion: Ethnic Religions

Major Religion Percent
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 1.50 %)
12.00 %
Ethnic Religions
87.00 %
0.00 %
0.00 %
1.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
0.00 %

Christian Segments Percent
0.0 %
0.0 %
0.0 %
Other Christian
0.0 %
60.0 %
Roman Catholic
40.0 %
Map Source: Anonymous  
Profile Source: Anonymous  
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