People Group Profiles

“All nations will come and worship before you."

- Revelations 15:4

Bahnar of United States

People Group Info

Total Population: 300

ROP3 Code: 100770
IMB Affinity Group: Southeast Asian Peoples
Affinity Bloc: Southeast Asian Peoples
People Cluster: Mon-Khmer
Language: Bahnar - (bdq)
Religion: Christianity - Protestant
Country of Origin: Vietnam

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Majority Located Where

  Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia, NC - 300

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Brief Profile

The Bahnar, also spelled Ba Na, people from Vietnam, traditionally residing primarily in several Central Highland provinces, arrived as refugees in North America shortly after the Vietnam War. They trace their ancestry back many centuries to communities co-existing on the coastal plains with the Cham and Jarai.

Their cultural tradition is filled with a great number of musical instruments, including ensembles of pitched gongs and string instruments made from bamboo. These instruments were sometimes played in concert for special occasions, which may also involve ceremonial rice wine drinking and group dancing.

Traditionally the Bahnar practiced ethnic religions. Many American Bahnar claim Christianity as their religion.

Prayer Points

  • Pray God will work through and in the lives of the Bahnar people to grow in their understanding of Jesus Christ.
  • Pray for evangelical Bahnar to be light to the least reached peoples in North America.

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Country City Metro Area Name State / Prov. Baseline Population
United StatesCharlotteCharlotte-Concord-GastoniaNC300