Karen, Pwo, Eastern in Thailand


Population
55,000
Christian
Evangelical
Largest Religion
Main Language
Progress
Progress Gauge

Introduction / History

The Eastern Pwo Karen live in eastern Myanmar, in Kayin Karen State, Mon State, and Taninthari Tenasserim Division. Most are rural farmers, growing rice and vegetables and sometimes raising livestock. Many have fled their homes and fields due to the military conflict around them; some have moved within Myanmar only, and about 50,000 others have migrated to Thailand.


What Are Their Beliefs?

Most practice Buddhism mixed with traditional Karen religion animism. There are also many millennial cults started by Eastern Pwo Karen themselves. These cults' beliefs are usually based in either Buddhism or Christianity. Two of the largest of these groups are called Leke and Telakhon. There are many Christians as well, but they remain a minority.

Through Pwo Karen survey work, it was found that the Bible called the "Western" Pwo Karen Bible was actually translated for Eastern and Western, and likely was more suitable to Eastern than Western. This information comes both from Womack (2005) and Eastern Pwo Karen interviewees. The reason that this translation is today known as the "Western" Pwo Karen Bible is that the Western Pwo Karen converted in larger numbers and use this Bible more. However, the Eastern Pwo Karen Christians do use this Bible as well and consider it to be their own language.


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People Name General Karen, Pwo, Eastern
People Name in Country Karen, Pwo, Eastern
Population in Thailand 55,000
World Population 1,232,000
Total Countries 2
Indigenous Yes
Least-Reached No
Progress Scale 4
Alternate Names Pwo Karen, Pwo Omkoi Karen, Western Pwo Karen, White Karen
People ID 15395
Country Thailand
Region Southeast Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Location in Country Tak (Mae Sot south), Ulthaithani, Suphanburi, Kanchanaburi, Ratchaburi, Phetchaburi, and Prachuapkhirikhan (Huahin District) provinces. Kanchanaburi in north; Ratchaburi-Phetchaburi in south.   Source:  Ethnologue 2010
Country Thailand
Region Southeast Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Location in Country Tak (Mae Sot south), Ulthaithani, Suphanburi, Kanchanaburi, Ratchaburi, Phetchaburi, and Prachuapkhirikhan (Huahin District) provinces. Kanchanaburi in north; Ratchaburi-Phetchaburi in south.   Source:  Ethnologue 2010
Primary Language: Karen, Pwo Eastern   People group listing
Language Code: kjp   Ethnologue Listing
Written: Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages: 2
Secondary Languages:
Karen, Pwo Northern
Primary Language: Karen, Pwo Eastern   People group listing
Language Code: kjp   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages: 2
Secondary Languages:
Karen, Pwo Northern
Primary Language: Karen, Pwo Eastern

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions Yes   (2002)
New Testament No
Complete Bible 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 God's Story Video
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Karen, Pwo Eastern
Primary Religion: Christianity
Religion Subdivision: Roman Catholic

Major Religion Percent
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 3.00 %)
70.00 %
Ethnic Religions
30.00 %
Hinduism
0.00 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
Christian Segments Percent
Anglican
0.0 %
Independent
0.0 %
Orthodox
0.0 %
Other Christian
0.0 %
Protestant
35.0 %
Roman Catholic
65.0 %
Map Source: Anonymous  
Profile Source: Anonymous  
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