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Mon (Talaing) People Group

"Mon Girls"

“Mon Girls” 2007 by Rockrangoon *

Countries:  Myanmar and Thailand

History:  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.

Their Lives:  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 separate household. 

Population:  In Myanmar – 717,000 and in Thailand 120,000.

Location:  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.

Language:  Mon

Religion:
   
Thailand – Ethnic religions
    Myanmar – Buddhism

Christian %:
   
Myanmar – 0.50 % adherent and 0.03 % evangelical
   
Thailand – 0.90 % adherent and 0.70 % evangelical

Scriptures:  There is a complete Bible and the Jesus film is available.  Some resources are available.

Missionaries:  No active church planting activities within the last two years.

Prayer Points:  

  • 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 mission agencies.

  • Pray for the Lord to reveal himself to these people. 

  • Pray that God will give the Mon believers boldness to share Christ.

* Image License: Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike license 3.0 Unported

Who?  What? Where?

"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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