“Burmese Girl Painted With
Thinaka” 2005 by Serinde *
Myanmar, Malaysia and Thailand
The Burmese are originally from the
hills of Tibet in China.
The Burmese are the political, economic and religions
leaders of Myanmar.
It has had a long history of coups, wars and rebellions.
Many Burmese have fled to Thailand and Malaysia in hopes
of finding a more peaceful climate.
However, since Thailand has its own problems with
government and civil unrest the Burmese have only added to the
burden and they still do not have peace.
Those who fled to Malaysia found they had to compete with
the Indians and Chinese and some of them even became Muslim in
order to find favor with the local leaders.
In order to own land they must be Malaysian and to become
Malaysian they must
speak one of the
Malaysian languages and be a Muslim.
Rice is the basic means of support for
the Burmese family; they eat it and they sell it.
The whole family works in the rice fields.
In Thailand they also deal some in lumber and along the
coast they fish. In
Myanmar their homes are made of wood and are usually only one
room. In Thailand,
the house depends on the wealth of the individual.
The Burmese do not recognize clans or lineages.
They select their own marriage partner and are
couple usually lives with the bride’s family for 2-3 years
before moving out on their own.
They are predominantly Buddhist, but they also have some
They believe that inanimate objects have spirits.
They believe in evil spirits called nats.
They spend their lives trying to appease the nats so that
they will be protected from any other evil spirit that might try
to harm them. They
are trying to achieve nivana.
They don’t believe that death is a threat to someone who
has done good deeds.
Total: 27,036,000. Myanmar:
The Burmese inhabit the central delta plain in Myanmar.
In Thailand they are mostly located in the northwest near
the Myanmar border.
In Malaysia they seem to be located mostly in or near the port
Myanmar: adherent: 0.35%, evangelical: 0.07%
Thailand: adherent: 0.1 %, evangelical: 0.08%
Malaysia: adherent: <5.0%, evangelical: 0.17%
They have a Bible and the Jesus film.
There are mission organizations working among the Burmese.
more missionaries to go to Myanmar, Malaysia and Thailand
to take the Good News to the Burmese.
those Christians living close to the Burmese will have a
love and burden for these people.
Pray that the Lord will give them wisdom in reaching
out to these people.
Pray that in
the turmoil and unrest in their lives that they will cry out
Pray that God will pour out his Spirit in Myanmar,
Malaysia and Thailand.
* Image is in the public domain