Pankhu, Panko in Bangladesh

The Pankhu, Panko have only been reported in Bangladesh
Population
Main Language
Largest Religion
Christian
Evangelical
Progress
Progress Gauge
* Data can be from various sources including official census, agencies, and local research. Data from these sources can sometimes differ even by orders of magnitude. Joshua Project attempts to present a conservative, balanced estimate.

Introduction / History

The Panko Pankhu are one of the people groups of the Chittagong Hill Tracts of southeast Bangladesh. Most Panko Pankhu villages are deep in the jungles of Rangamati district, and many must be reached by boat for most of the year.


What Are Their Lives Like?

The Panko Pankhu build their houses on top of hills. Their houses are made of bamboo, wood and tin. Their main profession is jhum (slash-and-burn shifting cultivation) farming, but now a few of them are working in local NGOs. The younger generation are becoming more educated than their parents.
Among themselves the Panko Pankhu speak their own Pangkhua language. They don't have any written materials in their language. With people from other communities they speak local Chittagonian (known as Pahari Chatgaya Vasha). Many of them can also speak Bawm as a second language. Some of them speak the national language Bangla and neighboring languages such as Tangchangya, Chakma, and Tripura.


What Are Their Beliefs?

Some of the Panko Pankhu people are now Christian. Since they don't have any written materials in their language, they are using Mizo (Lushai) Christian literature.


What Are Their Needs?

Among themselves the Pangkhua speak their own Pangkhua language. They don't have any written materials in their language, including gospel materials.


Prayer Points

Pray for the Panko Pankhu people to experience and embrace the glory of Jesus Christ.
Pray for Panko Pankhu disciples to make more disciples.
Pray for a spiritual hunger that will motivate them to change.


Scripture Prayers for the Pankhu, Panko in Bangladesh.


Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

People Name General Pankhu
People Name in Country Pankhu, Panko
Alternate Names Panko; पंखु
Population this Country 5,900
Population all Countries 5,900
Total Countries 1
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group No
GSEC 6  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
People ID 14300
ROP3 Code 107850
ROP25 Code 306526
ROP25 Name Pankhu
Country Bangladesh
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 26  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Country Bangladesh
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 26  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States 1
  Chittagong 5,800
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Religion: Buddhism
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
96.69 %
Christianity  (Evangelical Unknown)
3.31 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
0.00 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
* From latest Bangladesh census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.
Primary Language Pangkhua (5,700 speakers)
Language Code pkh   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Unknown
Total Languages 2
Secondary Languages
Chittagonian
200
Primary Language Pangkhua (5,700 speakers)
Language Code pkh   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 2
Secondary Languages
  Chittagonian 200
People Groups Speaking Pangkhua

Primary Language:  Pangkhua

Bible Translation Status:  Translation Started

Resource Type Resource Name Source
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching Global Recordings Network
Photo Source Anonymous 
Map Source People Group data: Omid. Map geography: UNESCO / GMI. Map Design: Joshua Project  
Profile Source Joshua Project 
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Learn more.



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