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Khamti (Myanmar)

The Khamti live in regions of the Kachin State as well as the Sagaing Division of Myanmar. The name Khamti means “a land full of gold.” Their language is related to the Shan language but after centuries of living outside the Shan State, the language has developed its own characteristics. The Khamti language has its own script called Lik-Tai. Most of what is known historically comes from ethnically related groups in India.  

The Khamti call themselves Buddhists, but they eat fish, deer, pigs, and tigers. Beef is not allowed. Each village has a Chief or Elder and the Monks are in the village hierarchy just under the Village Chief. The people are workers, servers, and nearly “slaves” at the bottom of the social order. Each village has a monastery and every family sends at least one son to learn the Buddhist teachings and serve the monks for some years. The Khamti are .1% Christian (one in a thousand claim to be Christians) and they have no Scripture at all in their language.

Few Khamti have ever even heard of a Savior who values them each as creations of a loving God and came to serve them by first dying for their sins and then giving them eternal life. Pray that the Khamti can learn about Jesus and be delivered from a life of fear.  

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