Karen, Eastern Kayah in Myanmar (Burma)


Population
9,000
Christian
Evangelical
Largest Religion
Main Language
Progress
Progress Gauge


The Kayah

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Introduction / History

The Eastern Kayah Li are a Karenic ethnic group, most closely related to Western Kayah Li. The majority of Eastern Kayah Li live in eastern Kayah State in Myanmar, while a small population migrated to Mae Hong Son Province in western Thailand about 60 years ago and established permanent villages during the last 20-40 years. The Eastern and Western Kayah Li consider themselves to be ethnically one.

The name "Kayah" is sometimes also used. However, "Kayah" may refer to not only the Kayah Li but also several related language groups that live in the same area of Myanmar. The name "Kayah Li" refers specifically to the Kayah Li, including Eastern, Western and other varieties. The Eastern Kayah Li people in Thailand are rice farmers living in ten mostly homogenous Kayah Li villages in Mae Hong Son Province. While some have adopted Buddhism or Christianity, the majority of the Eastern Kayah Li practice traditional animism.

The current vitality of the Eastern Kayah Li language in Thailand appears to be strong. Eastern Kayah Li is the primary language of the home, and children can speak only Eastern Kayah Li before entering school. While most Eastern Kayah Li adults can also speak Shan, and those who have had education can also speak Central Thai, Eastern Kayah Li people continue to speak Eastern Kayah Li as their first and best language.


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People Name General Karen, Eastern Kayah
People Name in Country Karen, Eastern Kayah
Population in Myanmar (Burma) 9,000
World Population 27,000
Total Countries 2
Indigenous Yes
Least-Reached No
Progress Scale 5
Alternate Names Eastern Kayah, Red Karen
People ID 14532
Country Myanmar (Burma)
Region Southeast Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 23  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Location in Country Kayah state   Source:  Ethnologue 2010
Country Myanmar (Burma)
Region Southeast Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 23  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Location in Country Kayah state.   Source:  Ethnologue 2010
Primary Language: Kayah, Eastern (9,000 speakers)   People group listing
Language Code: eky   Ethnologue Listing
Written: Unknown
Total Languages: 1
Primary Language: Kayah, Eastern (9,000 speakers)   People group listing
Language Code: eky   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages: 1
Primary Language: Kayah, Eastern

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

Major Religion Percent
Buddhism
60.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 14.00 %)
20.00 %
Ethnic Religions
20.00 %
Hinduism
0.00 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
Christian Segments Percent
Anglican
0.0 %
Independent
4.0 %
Orthodox
0.0 %
Other Christian
0.0 %
Protestant
80.0 %
Roman Catholic
16.0 %
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Video Source: Asia Harvest
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