Taungyo in Myanmar (Burma)

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Taungyo
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People Name: Taungyo
Country: Myanmar (Burma)
10/40 Window: Yes
Population: 45,000
World Population: 45,000
Primary Language: Taungyo
Primary Religion: Buddhism
Christian Adherents: 0.60 %
Evangelicals: 0.00 %
Scripture: Translation Needed
Online Audio NT: No
Jesus Film: No
Audio Recordings: No
People Cluster: Burmese
Affinity Bloc: Tibetan-Himalayan Peoples
Progress Level:

Introduction / History

The Taungyo people speak a nonstandard variety of Burmese. They live within southern Shan State, Myanmar, in the townships of Kalaw and Pinlon.

What Are Their Lives Like?

They are fishermen and agriculturalists. The Taungyo live intermingled with people of other ethnicities but still maintain themselves as a separate group. The men dress in typical Myanmar fashion, but the women have a distinctive dress. They wear lots of silver on their earrings and bracelets and heavy brass rings on their legs. Before they are married they wear them around their ankles and afterwards they wear them just below their knee.

What Are Their Beliefs?

Almost all of the Taungyo people are Buddhists. Some outreach is being done among them by local evangelists and missionaries from other people groups within Myanmar.

What Are Their Needs?

Since the Taungyo people speak a nonstandard variety of Burmese, they may not like seeing their language in print. However, audio and video evangelistic materials in the Taungyo language may be very effective.

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