Lahta Karen in Myanmar (Burma)

The Karen, Lahta have only been reported in Myanmar (Burma)
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Introduction / History

The Lahta people live in a mountainous region. There are about 30 villages, with most in Pekon or Pinlaugn Townships in southern Shan State, with a few in Yeni Township of Mandalay Division. Most Lahta are Buddhist or animist. A few are Roman Catholic. The older people may speak some regional languages in addition to Lahta, though the younger generation speak Lahta and Burmese. Lahta language vitality remains high, with everyone able to speak the language, though in Yeni Township the language is mixed with regional languages in a few villages. Their occupation is farming and they earn their income by farming. Cash is the means of exchange. Lahta gardens can be large and they grow jackfruit, mango, castor and other big trees. Some older people still wear their traditional clothes everyday, but not in every village.

Government primary schools exist in the area. They get electricity from hydro power and they get drinking water from streams. They have shrines in their houses. Dry season access by road is possible to some villages. Most travel by truck, motorcycle, or on foot. The men have short hair and the women have long hair. They sing traditional songs and accompany the songs with flute and drum. All ages of people sing songs.

The Lahta language is distinct and has high vitality.


Prayer Points

* Scripture Prayers for the Karen, Lahta in Myanmar (Burma).


Profile Source:   Anonymous  

People Name General Karen, Lahta
People Name in Country Karen, Lahta
Natural Name Lahta Karen
World Population 11,000
Total Countries 1
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 4
Unreached No
Frontier People Group No
GSEC 5  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Pioneer Workers Needed
Alternate Names Kayan Lahta
People ID 12948
ROP3 Code 105575
Country Myanmar (Burma)
Region Asia, Southeast
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 19  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Location in Country Shan State: Pekon and Pinlaung townships; Mandalay Region, Pyinnmana township.   Source:  Ethnologue 2016
Country Myanmar (Burma)
Region Asia, Southeast
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 19  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Location in Country Shan State: Pekon and Pinlaung townships; Mandalay Region, Pyinnmana township..   Source:  Ethnologue 2016
Primary Language Zayein
Language Code kxk   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Unknown
Total Languages 2
Secondary Languages
Lahta: Karen, Lahta
Primary Language Zayein
Language Code kxk   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 2
Secondary Languages
  Lahta: Karen, Lahta
People Groups Speaking Zayein

Primary Language:  Zayein

Bible Translation Status:  Translation Needed

Resource Type Resource Name
None reported  
Primary Religion: Buddhism
Major Religion Percent
Buddhism
50.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 9.00 %)
18.00 %
Ethnic Religions
32.00 %
Hinduism
0.00 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
Christian Segments Percent
Anglican
0.0 %
Independent
2.0 %
Orthodox
0.0 %
Other Christian
0.0 %
Protestant
83.0 %
Roman Catholic
15.0 %
Photo Source Anonymous 
Map Source Burma Issues  
Profile Source Anonymous  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more

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