Khmer Keh in Cambodia

Joshua Project has identified the Khmer Keh only in Cambodia
Population
5,700
Main Language
Largest Religion
Christian
Evangelical
Progress
Progress Gauge

Introduction / History

"According to legend, hundreds of years ago a crocodile caught the daughter of the king. The citizens went after the crocodile, but could not catch it. Because they were afraid to go back, they settled in different villages. They were called Khmer Khac which later changed to Khmer Keh. Some also went to the Thai border, where they are known as the Khmer Surin.

They speak their own dialect of Khmer, which is blended with Lao. Apart from their dialect and darker skin there is little difference from other Khmer. They relate and intermarry with the rest of the Khmer population." (From Peoples of Cambodia)


Where Are they Located?

The Kher Keh people live in eight villages in the northeastern part of Cambodia.


What Are Their Lives Like?

The Khmer Koh people have not raised vegetables or fruits in the past, only rice. That left them dependent on rice and meat from their pigs and chickens, and the frogs and fish they catch. They also depend on the food they can find in the forest. Change is slowly coming through a development program encouraging vegetable gardens so they can have healthier food.

Their wooden houses are built on stilts, with low roofs. The women usually dress with a sarong and a shirt or blouse, men
with trousers or a kroma. They used to weave and make their own cloths, but now they buy their clothes in the district capital. Some now also have motorbikes and even mobile phones.

There are schools in their villages, but some children cannot go to school because of distance or family work needs. Their education is very basic. Reading is difficult for them. (From Peoples of Cambodia)


What Are Their Beliefs?

"The Khmer Keh are mostly animistic with Buddhist influence. Once a year, there is a ceremony where the spirit medium performs special dances to receive the spirits. The followers come to offer things like eggs, chicken, alcohol, money, or material
for skirts. When they are sick they either go to the spirit medium, who will tell them the cause of the sickness and what they must offer, or they go to the traditional healer." (From Peoples of Cambodia)


What Are Their Needs?

"The Khmer Keh are very dependent on rice planting for survival. Those who do not harvest enough to feed their families must borrow rice at high interest rates.

There has not been much exposure to the outside world, but the district is beginning to
open up as accessibility gets better. This type of outside contact is new and the Khmer Keh are vulnerable to any kind of influence. In some villages there are groups of believers. The leaders are simple people with servant hearts, but they have very little training." (From Peoples of Cambodia)


Prayer Points

* Pray that the believers can grow and mature in their faith and understanding of the Word of God.
* Pray for spiritual openness among this people group.
* Pray for Khmer believers to reach out to the Khmer Koh people in such a way that they will understand that Jesus is for all nations.
* Pray for a disciple making movement to flourish among the Khmer Koh people of Cambodia.


References

http://www.peoplegroups.org/Explore/groupdetails.aspx?peid=47854
http://www.globalprayerdigest.org/index.php/issue/day/Khmer-Keh-People/


Profile Source:   Keith Carey  

Prayer / Resource Links:
Global Prayer Digest: 2011-06-05
Global Prayer Digest: 2012-05-01
People Name General Khmer Keh
People Name in Country Khmer Keh
Population in Cambodia 5,700
World Population 5,700
Total Countries 1
Indigenous Yes
Unreached Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 1 to 2
Progress Scale 1
GSEC 2  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Alternate Names
People ID 18993
ROP3 Code 115793
Country Cambodia
Region Southeast Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Location in Country Widespread   Source:  Ethnologue 2016
Country Cambodia
Region Southeast Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Location in Country Widespread.   Source:  Ethnologue 2016

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Primary Language Khmer (5,700 speakers)
Language Code khm   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Khmer
Primary Language Khmer (5,700 speakers)
Language Code khm   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Khmer

Primary Language:  Khmer

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes   (1899-1933)
Bible-New Testament Yes   (1929-1993)
Bible-Complete Yes   (1954-2016)
Bible-NT Audio Online
Bible-NT Text Online
Possible Print Bibles
Amazon National Bible Societies
Forum of Bible Agencies World Bible Finder
Gospel Go World Bibles
Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (GRN)
Audio Recordings Fathers Love Letter
Audio Recordings Online New Testament - Central (FCBH)
Audio Recordings Online Scripture (Talking Bibles)
Audio Recordings Oral Bible stories in Khmer, Central
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video God's Story Video
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Khmer, Central
Film / Video Magdalena (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video My Last Day (Jesus Film Project Anime)
Film / Video Ratchana's Testimony (Indigitube.tv)
Film / Video Story of Jesus for Children (JF Project)
Film / Video The Hope Video
Film / Video Voices of Cambodia - Bihab (Indigitube.tv)
Film / Video Voices of Cambodia - Chek (Indigitube.tv)
Film / Video Voices of Cambodia - Ny & Nin (Indigitube.tv)
General Four Spiritual Laws
General Gods Simple Plan
General Got Questions Ministry
Text / Printed Matter Bible: Khmer Christian Bible
Primary Religion: Ethnic Religions
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
Unknown
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.20 %)
1.00 %
Ethnic Religions
99.00 %
Hinduism
Unknown
Islam
Unknown
Non-Religious
Unknown
Other / Small
Unknown
Unknown
Unknown
Christian Segments Percent
Anglican
Unknown
Independent
Unknown
Orthodox
Unknown
Other Christian
Unknown
Protestant
Unknown
Roman Catholic
Unknown
Profile Source Keith Carey  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more


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