2009 by Jean-Marie Hullot *
Rakhine are of mongoloid decent whose ancestors may
have migrated from the direction of Nepal. They are an ancient
people who have mixed with other ethnicities but still retain a
distinctive national identity through their language and
Rakhine ruled as an independent kingdom, which at its
zenith stretched from Chittagong to Rangoon. After years of
decline and internal turmoil, the Burmese conquered Rakhine in
1784. At that time, many Rakhine fled to the northwest, which is
modern day Bangladesh. In 1825, the British arrived and
established a foothold in Myanmar by taking over Rakhine state.
Then in 1886 the British captured the whole of Myanmar. In 1948,
the British handed the rule of Myanmar back to the Burmese.
he Rakhine culture revolves around the
planting and harvesting of rice. Fresh as well as saltwater
fishing are major industries.
The working class is severely underpaid due to high
eat mostly rice with vegetables, and meat when available, such
as fish, chicken or pork. Chilies are used for seasoning. Meals
are eaten late morning and before dark.
The whole extended family lives together under one roof.
The men and oldest members have the most respect, however women
play an active role in family decision making. Women cook and
serve food to the men, who eat first. It is very important to
Rakhine people that their family and community approve of their
choices and actions.
Arranged marriages are common, however 'love' marriages do also
happen. Traditionally, when a couple marries, they move in with
the wife's family. This is supposed to keep the culture from
deteriorating by discouraging cross-cultural marriages.
Rakhine State of Myanmar
0.1 % adherent and 0.04 % evangelical
No Bible or Jesus film available.
There has been some local
church planting initiated in the last two years.
Pray that the Lord of the harvest will send out more workers
to the Rakhine people.
Pray that their hearts will be prepared to receive the
Pray that God will reveal himself to them in visions and
Pray that they will understand the gospel and know that
Jesus died for them.
Pray that there will be an indigenous Rakhine church
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