Karen, Pwo Northern in Thailand

Karen, Pwo Northern
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People Name: Karen, Pwo Northern
Country: Thailand
10/40 Window: Yes
Population: 86,000
World Population: 86,000
Primary Language: Karen, Pwo Northern
Primary Religion: Ethnic Religions
Christian Adherents: 12.00 %
Evangelicals: 2.00 %
Scripture: Complete Bible
Online Audio NT: No
Jesus Film: Yes
Audio Recordings: Yes
People Cluster: Karen
Affinity Bloc: Tibetan-Himalayan Peoples
Progress Level:

Introduction / History

The Northern Pwo Karen live in northern Thailand, mostly in the mountains, but some on the plains, in Chiang Mai, Mae Hong Son and Lamphun provinces. They are mostly rural farmers. Usually they grow rice, and may also raise livestock or grow other crops such as chilies, peanuts or vegetables. Some own their own fields and some work as hired laborers. Those living in cities are laborers or professionals.

Along with other Karen groups, the Northern Pwo Karen are known for their colorful weaving of shirts, skirts, and bags. In some places, the women wear Karen skirts or shirts in their everyday lives; in other places, they reserve the traditional clothing for special days.

What Are Their Beliefs?

Most Northern Pwo Karen follow a mixture of Buddhism and traditional Karen religion (animism). There are also some Christians. Of the three provinces, Lamphun has the fewest Christians, but there is ongoing evangelism and a small church there. Christians are sometimes persecuted by their neighbors, especially if they are the first Christians in the village.

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