Kanan, Kanaan in Myanmar (Burma)

Joshua Project has identified the Kanan, Kanaan only in Myanmar (Burma)





Largest Religion

Main Language


Introduction / History

Kanan language varieties are reported to be similar to one another, with only slight differences in accent or speed. No differences in vocabulary were reported among Kanan varieties. Nanza and Hoyaw varieties were mentioned as Kanan prestige dialects.

There is a high degree of contact among all Kanan, as they frequently travel to other Kanan villages for business and visiting. There is also much intermarriage between geographically close Kanan villages.

The Kanan and Kadu reported that they are similar in many ways, in their language, cultural traditions and everyday life. The only differences they mentioned were about their housing, and in a few animistic beliefs and practices. Even though many subjects acknowledged similarity between Kanan and Kadu, they also expressed a sense of separate ethnolinguistic identity.

What Are Their Lives Like?

Most of the Kanan people live in Banmauk Township. The Kanan live along the Mu River, to the southwest of the Kadu area. A few Kanan also live in Pinlebu Township, but this area is not connected to the Kanan ma-jority area. It is not known how many Kanan live in Pinlebu Township or how long they have lived there. Information gathered indicates that there are 1,730 Kanan households. Assuming an average of four to six people per household, a population estimate for the Kanan would be about 7,000 to 10,000 people.

What Are Their Beliefs?

Local evangelists from other ethnic groups within Myanmar have done outreach and evangelistic activities among the Kanan people.

Profile Source:   Anonymous  

Expanded PDF Profile

People Name General Kanan, Kanaan
People Name in Country Kanan, Kanaan
Population in Myanmar (Burma) 10,000
World Population 10,000
Countries 1
Progress Scale 3.1
Least-Reached No
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names
Affinity Bloc Tibetan-Himalayan Peoples
People Cluster Hani
People Name General Kanan, Kanaan
Ethnic Code MSY50i
People ID 20535
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 Region, Katha district, Banmauk township, along Mu river, southwest of Kadu [zkd] language area, 24 villages; Homalin, Indaw, and Pinlebu townships, a few villages..   Source:  Ethnologue 17th Edition
Languages & Dialects on file:  2  (up to 20 largest shown)
Shan Kanan
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Shan Kanan
For Primary Language: Kanan

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

Major Religion Percent
85.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 3.00 %)
5.00 %
Ethnic Religions
10.00 %
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 %
0.0 %
Roman Catholic
0.0 %
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