Burmese in Australia


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Introduction / History

The Burmese originated in the hills of Tibet, and they speak a Sino-Tibetan language called Bama (Burmese). Today, they are the political, economic and religious leaders of Myanmar, formerly known as Burma.

Myanmar has had a long history of coups, wars, and rebellions. Ethnic divisions and political unrest have been common since the first Burman Kingdom in the eleventh century. Today, the Burmese military maintains forcible control over the ethnic groups who want equal rights in the government and in commerce. The military promises cease-fires; but at the slightest note of rebellion, they attack. Consequently, the Burmese have lived in a constant state of instability, defense, bitterness, and fear. Thousands flee the country to peaceful countries like Australia.

There is also a small population of Burmese who have been in Australia for generations. These people usually served with the Australian military or were family members of military personnel. They are much more assimilated, though they have kept their Buddhist religion.


Where Are they Located?

Most Burmese live in their home country, Myanmar. A large number have fled to refugee camps in nearby Thailand. From there, the fortunate ones are able to find asylum in other countries like Australia. The Burmese in Australia often live in major cities like Melbourne and Sydney, but some are being re-settled in the less densely populated parts of Australia's southeast.

Not all people who flee Myanmar are Burmese. There are a large number of ethnic minorities like the Chins and Karens, both of which have a large Christian population. More recently the predominantly Muslim Rohingyas have been fleeing Myanmar.


What Are Their Lives Like?

Even Burmese people with a good education and marketable skills in Myanmar are at a grave disadvantage when trying to get high-paying jobs in English-speaking Australia. Some have managed to start food businesses. Others are under-employed.


What Are Their Beliefs?

The Burmese are predominantly Buddhists. The traditional goal in Buddhism is to seek the middle path to nirvana, or ultimate peace. The Burmese have mixed these Buddhist beliefs with their own animistic beliefs (belief that non-living objects have spirits).

Their animistic beliefs center around inherently evil spirits called nats. The Burmese spend their lives trying to appease the nats so that they will be protected from any other evil spirits that may seek to harm them. Burmese homes often have altars for the spirits, as well as a statue of Buddha.

The Burmese, like other Buddhists, believe that death is not a threat to one who has done good deeds. Instead, death is simply a "passing" from one life to another. They believe that "rebirth" is determined by the accumulated good or bad deeds done in the previous live. Therefore, those who have earned less merit are reborn as demons, ghosts, animals, or inhabitants of hell.


What Are Their Needs?

The recent refugees need help in getting assimilated into Australian society. They need to be taught English and job skills. They need help from believers who will help them get a place to live, a job, and learn the basics of how to operate in an unfamiliar country.


Prayer Points

* Pray that the troubles in Burma will lead the Burmese to come to salvation.
* Pray for the effectiveness of the JESUS Film among the Burmese in Australia.
* Ask the Holy Spirit to soften the hearts of the Burmese towards believers so that they will be receptive to the gospel.
* Pray that believers will show Burmese refugees love and lead them to Jesus Christ.
* Pray for Australia to become the starting point for a Disciple-Making movement among Burmese Buddhists.


References

https://joshuaproject.net/people_groups/11029/NZ
https://joshuaproject.net/people_groups/11029/BM
https://museumsvictoria.com.au/origins/history.aspx?pid=218
http://www.newmandala.org/study-of-burmese-migrant-experiences-in-australia/
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-02-14/burmese-refugees-finding-homes-in-south-australia-mount-gambier/7154840


Profile Source:   Keith Carey  

People Name General Burmese
People Name in Country Burmese
Population in Australia 13,000
World Population 32,047,900
Total Countries 18
Indigenous No
Unreached Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
Progress Scale 1
GSEC 2  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Alternate Names Bama, Bamar, Bamas, Burman, Man, Myan, Myan, Myen, Myanmas, Myen, Yaw, बर्मीज़
People ID 11029
ROP3 Code 101776
Country Australia
Region South Pacific
Continent Australia
10/40 Window No
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Country Australia
Region South Pacific
Continent Australia
10/40 Window No
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank Not ranked

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Ethnologue Language Map

Primary Language Burmese (13,000 speakers)
Language Code mya   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 1
Other People Groups Speaking Burmese
Primary Language Burmese (13,000 speakers)
Language Code mya   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Burmese

Primary Language:  Burmese

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1815-1985)
Bible-New Testament Yes  (1832-1987)
Bible-Complete Yes  (1835-2006)
Bible-NT Audio Online
Bible-NT Text Online
Possible Print Bibles
Amazon National Bible Societies
Forum of Bible Agencies World Bible Finder
Gospel Go World Bibles
Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (GRN)
Audio Recordings Online New Testament (FCBH)
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video A Greater Love (Indigitube.tv)
Film / Video Creation to Christ (Indigitube.tv)
Film / Video God's Story Video
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Burmese
Film / Video Magdalena (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video My Last Day (Jesus Film Project Anime)
Film / Video Story of Jesus for Children (JF Project)
Film / Video The Hope Video
Film / Video To the Golden City (Indigitube.tv)
General Four Spiritual Laws
General Got Questions Ministry
Text / Printed Matter Bible: Common Language Bible
Text / Printed Matter Bible: Judson Bible
Text / Printed Matter Bibles, Bible League
Text / Printed Matter Father's Love Letter
Text / Printed Matter World Missionary Press Booklets
Primary Religion: Buddhism
Major Religion Percent
Buddhism
94.95 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.07 %)
0.35 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
0.00 %
Islam
4.30 %
Non-Religious
0.40 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
Christian Segments Percent
Anglican
Unknown
Independent
Unknown
Orthodox
Unknown
Other Christian
Unknown
Protestant
Unknown
Roman Catholic
Unknown
Photo Source Kerry Olson 
Profile Source Keith Carey  
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