Chakma in Myanmar (Burma)


Population
29,000
Main Language
Largest Religion
Christian
Evangelical
Progress
Progress Gauge

Introduction / History

The Chakma people of south-west Myanmar are among the least known Buddhist people groups in the world. They live in the mountains of northern Rakhine State and adjacent southern areas of Chin State. Much larger populations are found in Bangladesh and India. The Chakma are known officially as Daingnet, one of the seven official ethnic groups in Rakhine State.

Unlike Tibeto-Burman speaking tribes in Myanmar, who migrated southward from China, the Chakma are believed to have come eastward from today's Bangladesh or India to escape fighting in Bengal to the west during the fifteenth to seventeenth centuries.

Because of pressure from neighboring groups, many Daingnet or Chakma are no longer speaking their language and are switching to speaking Rakhine. Because they look similar to the Rohingya in appearance, they also suffer similar persecution. Please pray that the Daingnet could know God's love and acceptance of them.

The Chakma claim to have converted to Buddhism long before coming to Myanmar and still practice Buddhism to this day, along with many animistic practices. The gospel has been brought into western Myanmar. There has been enormous success among animistic groups such as the various branches of Chin, but those tribes like the Chakma who had already embraced Buddhism have been difficult to reach. Today there are no known Christians among the Chakma in Myanmar.


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People Name General Chakma
People Name in Country Chakma
Population in Myanmar (Burma) 29,000
World Population 664,000
Total Countries 3
Indigenous No
Unreached Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 1 to 2
Progress Scale 1
Alternate Names Chakama, Chawngma, Doingnak, Thet, Tsak, चकमा
People ID 11293
ROP3 Code 101976
Country Myanmar (Burma)
Region Southeast Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 28  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Location in Country Chin State: Paletwa township, a few villages; Rakhine State: Buthidaung, Maungdaw, Punnakyun, and Kyauktaw (main concentration) townships.   Source:  Ethnologue 2016
Country Myanmar (Burma)
Region Southeast Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 28  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Location in Country Chin State: Paletwa township, a few villages; Rakhine State: Buthidaung, Maungdaw, Punnakyun, and Kyauktaw (main concentration) townships..   Source:  Ethnologue 2016
Primary Language Chakma (29,000 speakers)
Language Code ccp   Ethnologue Listing
Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Chakma
Primary Language Chakma (29,000 speakers)
Language Code ccp   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Chakma

Primary Language:  Chakma

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes   (1924-1955)
Bible-New Testament Yes   (1926-1991)
Bible-Complete No
Possible Print Bibles
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Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (GRN)
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Chakma
Primary Religion: Buddhism
Religion Subdivision: Theravada
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
100.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
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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