Burmese in Laos


Population
600
Christian
Evangelical
Largest Religion
Main Language
Progress
Progress Gauge

Introduction / History

The 1995 national census of Laos listed 416 Myen, or Burmese, living in Laos. They have come across the border from Myanmar (formerly Burma) in the last ten years or so as traders and merchants. A number have settled down in the Sing and Long districts of Luang Namtha Province. Others live in the cities of Vientiane, Xaignabouri, and in the Houayxay District of Bokeo Province.

Some 25 to 30 million Myen live in Myanmar. Others are found in Malaysia, Thailand, the United States, Singapore, and other nations around the world.

The name of Burma was changed to Myanmar in 1988 by the military government. They claim Burma was mistakenly named by the British. Ma means 'the land of' in Burmese, therefore Burma meant 'the land of the Burs'. The majority population of the nation, however, call themselves Myen, therefore the nation was renamed Myanmar ('the land of the Myan/Myen'). The Lao call the Myen Man.

The Myen are believed to have originated in China, and made their way into today's Myanmar in the ninth century AD. They quickly established themselves as the major power in the fertile Irrawaddy River Valley.

The Myen are one of the strongest Theravada Buddhist peoples in the world. They have the conviction that they preserve the true faith. In Theravada Buddhist societies monks embody Buddhist principles, the dhamma. Their withdrawal from the mundane world into the vat where they dress differently, follow a different daily regime from the rest of society, are subject to elaborate codes of conduct, including codes of avoidance, especially of women who tempt them back into the mundane world. All of these rules demarcate the sacred space within which they move.

The Myen are one of the largest unreached people groups in the world. In Myanmar they are surrounded by many Christian tribes, yet most Myen have refused to consider the truths of the Gospel, especially from tribal people who they consider much inferior to themselves. "To be Myen is to be Buddhist" is their belief.


Prayer Points

* Pray God would have mercy on the Myen people. Pray He would humble their hearts to consider the Gospel.
* Ask God to save the small number of Myen who are living in Laos.
* Pray for heavenly strategies to win the 25-30 million Buddhist Myen people of Myanmar.


Profile Source:   Peoples of Laos, Paul Hattaway  Copyrighted ©   Used with permission  

People Name General Burmese
People Name in Country Burmese
Population in Laos 600
World Population 31,535,900
Total Countries 17
Indigenous No
Unreached Yes
Unengaged Yes (per Finishing the Task)
Progress Scale 1
GSEC 1  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Alternate Names Bama, Bamar, Bamas, Burman, Man, Myan, Myan, Myen, Myanmas, Myen, Yaw, बर्मीज़
People ID 11029
ROP3 Code 101776
Country Laos
Region Southeast Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 29  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Location in Country Luang Namtha, Xiagnabouri, Bokeo provinces, Vientiane City.   Source:  Faces of the Unreached in Laos, 1999
Country Laos
Region Southeast Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 29  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Location in Country Luang Namtha, Xiagnabouri, Bokeo provinces, Vientiane City..   Source:  Faces of the Unreached in Laos, 1999

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Primary Language: Burmese (600 speakers)   People group listing
Language Code: mya   Ethnologue Listing
Written: Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages: 1
Primary Language: Burmese (600 speakers)   People group listing
Language Code: mya   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages: 1
Primary Language: Burmese

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions Yes   (1815-1985)
New Testament Yes   (1832-1987)
Complete Bible Yes   (1835-2006)
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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-in-Your-Language
Text / Printed Matter Bible: Common Language Bible
Text / Printed Matter Bible: Judson Bible
Text / Printed Matter Bibles, Bible League
Text / Printed Matter Fathers Love Letter
Text / Printed Matter World Missionary Press Booklets
Primary Religion: Buddhism

Major Religion Percent
Buddhism
90.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.00 %
Ethnic Religions
10.00 %
Hinduism
0.00 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
Christian Segments Percent
Anglican
Unknown
Independent
Unknown
Orthodox
Unknown
Other Christian
Unknown
Protestant
Unknown
Roman Catholic
Unknown
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Profile Source: Peoples of Laos, Paul Hattaway  Copyrighted ©   Used with permission  
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