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Rakhine (Arakanese) People Group

Rakhine Lady

Photo  2009 by Jean-Marie Hullot *

Country:  Myanmar

History:  The 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 culture.   The 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.

Their Lives:  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 unemployment.  They 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.

Population:  1,880,000

Location:  Rakhine State of Myanmar

Language:  Rakhine

Religion:  Buddhism

Christian %:  0.1 % adherent and 0.04 % evangelical

Scriptures:  No Bible or Jesus film available.

Missionaries:  There has been some local church planting initiated in the last two years.

Prayer Points:

  • 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 gospel.

  • Pray that God will reveal himself to them in visions and dreams.

  • Pray that they will understand the gospel and know that Jesus died for them.

  • Pray that there will be an indigenous Rakhine church planted.

* Image License: Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic

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"In a nutshell" as they say, SEAMIST works in South East Asia!  We plant churches in South East Asia.  We try to focus all our efforts and resources on reaching the least reached peoples in South East Asia.

What does "least reached" mean?  It simply means the people groups that have few or no workers reaching out to them, few or no churches or believers in Jesus Christ.  These would be the most needy of all people in the world!

Our workers are trained to use contextual methods to share the good news.  We just want everyone to know about Jesus!  Our goal is always to leave behind a New Testament church. 

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