Danau in Myanmar (Burma)

The Danau have only been reported in Myanmar (Burma)
Population
Main Language
Largest Religion
Christian
Evangelical
Progress
Progress Gauge

Introduction / History

The Danau speak their own language, which is part of the Mon-Khmer branch of the Austro-Asiatic family. It is related to the Palaung Pale and Riang languages spoken in the same area.
According to author and researcher Richard Diran, Danau people live in central areas of Shan State and the northern part of Kayah State in Myanmar. One of the main centers for the Danau seems to be the town of Pindaya, located about 50 kilometres (32 mi.) north of Kalaw and Taunggyi.


What Are Their Lives Like?

They are fishermen and cotton growers.


What Are Their Beliefs?

An estimated 95 per cent of Danau people adhere to Theravada Buddhism, mixed with spirit worship and occult practices. They embrace Buddhism and practice witchcraft and black magic. Pindaya is home to the famous Pindaya limestone caves, overlooking the picturesque Boutaloke Lake. Inside the cavern there are more than 8,000 Buddha images—made from alabaster, teak, marble, brick, lacquer, and cement—which have been put there over the centuries and arranged in such a way as to form a labyrinth throughout the various cave chambers.


What Are Their Needs?

There are Danau believers in Jesus Christ, and there is much potential for church growth. They have a couple of churches, and the believers need to be Christ bearers to their families and communities.


Prayer Points

Pray for a "Book of Acts" type of movement to Christ among the Danau people in Myanmar.
Pray God will have mercy on the Danau, doing whatever it takes to place them in a position to receive him.
Ask God to open the hearts of the Danau to the gospel.
Pray for an unstoppable movement to Christ among them.


Scripture Prayers for the Danau in Myanmar (Burma).


Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

Shan State
Source:  Asia Harvest      Download

Additional Info
Global Prayer Digest: 2008-06-16
People Name General Danau
People Name in Country Danau
Population this Country 126,000
Population all Countries 126,000
Total Countries 1
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group No
Pioneer Workers Needed 3
Alternate Names Danaw; Danu; Danuh
People ID 11488
ROP3 Code 102421
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 According to author and researcher Richard Diran, 100,000 or more Danau people live in central areas of Shan State and the northern part of Kayah State in Myanmar. One of the main centres for the Danau seems to be the town of Pindaya, located about 50 kilometres north of Kalaw and Taungghi.   Source:  Peoples of the Buddhist World, 2004
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 According to author and researcher Richard Diran, 100,000 or more Danau people live in central areas of Shan State and the northern part of Kayah State in Myanmar. One of the main centres for the Danau seems to be the town of Pindaya, located about 50 kilometres north of Kalaw and Taungghi..   Source:  Peoples of the Buddhist World, 2004

No people group map currently available. Use the above button to submit a map.


Ethnolinguistic map or other map

Primary Religion: Buddhism
Religion Subdivision: Theravada
Major Religion Percent
Buddhism
95.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.40 %)
0.50 %
Ethnic Religions
4.50 %
Hinduism
0.00 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
Primary Language Danau (126,000 speakers)
Language Code dnu   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Unknown
Total Languages 1
Primary Language Danau (126,000 speakers)
Language Code dnu   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Danau

Primary Language:  Danau

Bible Translation Status:  Translation Started

Resource Type Resource Name Source
None reported  
Photo Source Copyrighted © 2023  Henk Sebregts  All rights reserved.  Used with permission
Video Source Asia Harvest
Profile Source Joshua Project  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more