Pale Palaung in Myanmar (Burma)


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Introduction / History

The De'ang are members of the Mon-Khmer language family. Palaung is the only one of the four De'ang languages that is not tonal. Many Christian resources are available in Palaung including a complete Bible and the JESUS Film.

The Pale Palaung or De'ang are an indigenous people who live in Myanmar, Thailand and China. The vast majority of the De’ang reside in central Myanmar about 200 km south of Mandalay, Burma’s second largest city.


What Are Their Lives Like?

Most De'ang make their living through agriculture, fishing, and logging. Village leaders assign based on one’s age and gender. Men perform tasks such as plowing, while the women plant seeds, fetch water and take care of children. Rice is the staple food. Fish, tropical fruit, vegetables, and coconuts supplement the Pale’s diet. Most families own a water buffalo, with some chickens, pigs and goats. The De'ang have been culturally influenced by their Dai neighbors.

Life for the Pale Palaung revolves around the village. Elders make judicial decisions and deal with outsiders. Many of the men are able to speak the national language of Burmese. Monogamy or marriage to one spouse is the common practice. Couples have many children. Adult sons must care for their elderly parents. Due to a lack of modern medicine, some children die before their tenth birthday. Some Pale young people move to Burmese cities hoping for a better life. Many children quit school after a few years in order to help support their families. When a son joins a Buddhist monastery, his family gains honor from the community. Families and young people choose one’s spouse.

The De’ang have a rich tradition of music, poems, dances, and art forms which they celebrate during Buddhist festivals and holidays.


What Are Their Beliefs?

Many centuries ago, the De'ang converted to Theravada Buddhism. Their Buddhist practices are mixed with numerous animistic beliefs and rituals. Village shamans are powerful figures in De'ang society. No important event is undertaken without first consulting a shaman.

The Buddhism is the major world religion based on the teachings of Siddhartha Gautama or the Buddha, who lived in the 6th and 5th century BC in ancient India. The Buddha taught the Four Noble Truths by which one can gain spiritual knowledge and escape the endless cycles of reincarnation. Theravada, one of the two major branches of Buddhism, declares that by following the Noble Eightfold Path of right intentions and right actions that a Buddhist can achieve nirvana or a state of freedom and salvation.

To most Buddhists, however, these things have far less meaning than their traditional beliefs, which are usually animistic. In animism, evil spirits must be appeased through prayers, sacrifices and rituals. Buddhism allows people to mix Buddhist teachings with traditional religion.

Two of the important Buddhist yearly holidays are Vesak, the Buddha's birthday celebrated in May or June and Bodhi Day, the holiday in December or January which commemorates the day that the historical Buddha experienced enlightenment under a Bodhi tree.


What Are Their Needs?

The majority of the Palaung live in fear of demons and evil spirits. Few missionaries in the past have tried to reach the De'ang. Only Jesus can free the Palaung from their fear of evil spirits. Teams of believers can help the Palaung in practical way and demonstrate the love of Christ. The Palaung need access to modern medicine. Solar panels can bring the benefits of electricity.


Prayer Points

* Scripture Prayers for the Palaung, Pale in Myanmar (Burma).

Pray for the Lord to miraculously intervene in De’ang families and lead them to the Savior.

Pray for loving workers to go to the De’ang and share the good news with them.

Pray for De’ang hearts to be drawn to the Lord Jesus

Pray for a church planting movement to thrive in the De’ang communities of Myanmar.


Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

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Additional Info
Global Prayer Digest: 2008-06-12
People Name General Palaung, Pale
People Name in Country Palaung, Pale
Natural Name Pale Palaung
Population this Country 297,000
Population all Countries 314,000
Total Countries 3
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
GSEC 2  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Pioneer Workers Needed 6
Alternate Names Benglong; Bonglong; Bonglung; Bulei; Darang; Deang; De'ang Pale; Manton; Nam Hsan; Ngwe; Ngwe Palaung; Palaung; Pale Palaung; Palong; PalPalay; Penglung; Silver; Silver Palaung; Southern Ta'ang; Taang
People ID 14178
ROP3 Code 109011
Country Myanmar (Burma)
Region Asia, Southeast
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 12  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Location in Country Mandalay Region, Katha and Pyinoolwin townships; Shan State, Taunggyi district.   Source:  Ethnologue 2016
Country Myanmar (Burma)
Region Asia, Southeast
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 12  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Location in Country Mandalay Region, Katha and Pyinoolwin townships; Shan State, Taunggyi district..   Source:  Ethnologue 2016
Map of Palaung, Pale in Myanmar (Burma) Ethnolinguistic map or other map

Primary Language Palaung, Ruching (297,000 speakers)
Language Code pce   Ethnologue Listing
Primary Dialect Raojin
Dialect Code 15420   Global Recordings Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 1
Primary Language Palaung, Ruching (297,000 speakers)
Language Code pce   Ethnologue Listing
Primary Dialect Raojin
Dialect Code 15420   Global Recordings Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Palaung, Ruching

Primary Language:  Palaung, Ruching

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes
Bible-New Testament Yes  (2012-2013)
Bible-Complete Yes  (2021)
Bible-NT Audio Online
Possible Print Bibles
Amazon
World Bibles
Forum Bible Agencies
National Bible Societies
World Bible Finder
Virtual Storehouse
Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching
Audio Recordings Online Audio Scripture
Audio Recordings Online New Testament
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio
Film / Video God's Story video
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Palaung, Ruching
Film / Video LUMO film of Gospels
General Gospel resources links
Mobile App Bible app direct APK download
Mobile App Bible app direct APK download
Text / Printed Matter Jesus Messiah comic book
Primary Religion: Buddhism
Religion Subdivision: Theravada
Major Religion Percent
Buddhism
99.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.06 %)
0.10 %
Ethnic Religions
0.90 %
Hinduism
0.00 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
Christian Segments Percent
Anglican
0.0 %
Independent
0.0 %
Orthodox
0.0 %
Other Christian
0.0 %
Protestant
100.0 %
Roman Catholic
0.0 %
Photo Source Copyrighted © 2022  Kerry Olson  All rights reserved.  Used with permission
Map Source People Group location: IMB. Map geography: ESRI / GMI. Map design: Joshua Project.  
Video Source Asia Harvest
Profile Source Joshua Project  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more