“Mon Girls” 2007 by Rockrangoon *
Myanmar and Thailand
The Mon migrated from the
northern territories into Thailand and Myanmar (Burma, and
established the first great civilization in that region. They
pioneered wet rice farming, introduced the nationals to
Buddhism, and gave them their alphabet. Between the fifth and
eighth centuries, their kingdom was at its peak. However, in the
centuries that followed, they were at constant war with the
Burmese. The Mon
were finally defeated by the Burmese in 1757, and the time of
their political independence ended. Today, most of the Mon are
the descendants of the fugitives who fled from the Burmese.
Most of the Mon are peasant
farmers, although a few are merchants and craftsmen. The farmers
generally raise fruits or vegetables. Irrigated rice is their
principal crop, and it is grown for both consumption and trade.
The wet rice farmers cultivate their fields with plows drawn by
buffalo or oxen. Vegetables, sugar cane, and pineapples are
grown in home gardens. Supplementary crafts for the men include
carpentry and brick making; while the women engage in pottery,
weaving, and basket-making. Some of the men have full-time jobs
as blacksmiths. Mon
families are not particularly patrilineal (male-dominated),
except when dealing with the "house spirit." This deity is
located in the home of the eldest living male of a lineage. The
spirit's clothing and gear hang in a basket on the southeastern
post of the house.
The Mon do not have formal weddings. Instead, when a boy and
girl decide to marry, the boy's friends tell the girl's parents.
The groom is allowed to move in with the bride and her family
for up to three years. The couple then establishes their own
In Myanmar – 717,000 and in Thailand 120,000.
In Myanmar they live in the region southeast of Yangoon
and in the Mon and Kayin States along the coast.
In Thailand they live in scattered settlements just
north and south of Bangkok and in the provinces of Khorat,
Kanchanaburi, Lopburi, Pathum, Thani, Surat Thani and Rat Buri.
Thailand – Ethnic religions
Myanmar – Buddhism
Myanmar – 0.50 % adherent and 0.03 % evangelical
Thailand – 0.90 % adherent and 0.70 % evangelical
There is a complete Bible
and the Jesus film is available.
Some resources are available.
church planting activities within the last two years.
Pray for missionaries to go to these people and share the
gospel with them.
Pray for an indigenous church to be
planted among the Mon people in Thailand and Myanmar.
Pray for wisdom and favor for the
Pray for the Lord to reveal himself to these people.
Pray that God will give the Mon believers boldness to share
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