People Group Profiles

“All nations will come and worship before you."

- Revelations 15:4

Burmese, Bhama of North America

People Group Info

Total Population: 95,895

ROP3 Code: 101776
IMB Affinity Group: Southeast Asian Peoples
Affinity Bloc: Tibetan / Himalayan Peoples
People Cluster: Burmese
Language: Burmese - (mya)
Religion: Buddhism - Theravada
Country of Origin: Myanmar [Burma]

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By COMIBAM / Sepal

Majority Located Where

  San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA - 10,905

  New York-Newark-Jersey City, NJ - 8,233

  Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA - 7,500

  Amarillo-Dumas, TX - 2,400

  Vancouver (Surrey), BC - 1,965

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Brief Profile

The Bhama people are the majority people group in Burma, residing primarily in the Irrawaddy River basin and speak the Burmese language, which is the official language of Myanmar (Burma). Bhama customs and identity are closely intertwined with the broader Burmese culture.

The Bhama people are often imprecisely called "Burmese", though this term in contemporary usage can refer to any citizen of Burma, regardless of people group.

Bhama claim Theravada Buddhist as their religion. Many Bhama Buddhist monasteries serve as community centers in most major cities of the United States. Many, though they claim Buddhism as their religion, practice Buddhism alongside ethnic religions along with ancestral veneration and entreating spirits. As a result, Bhama also have altars in their homes in order to keep the sacred realm in harmony with their everyday secular life.

Note: Only enter the Bhama (Bamar) Burmese people here. Enter other Burmese people groups under their respective people group name (e.g. Chin, Karen, Kachin, Rakhine, Rohingya).

Prayer Points

  • Pray for Christians to touch the Bhama people both in deeds and words with the gospel message.
  • Pray that God will work through Christians for Bhama to recognize that in Christ there is no fear.

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Country City Metro Area Name State / Prov. Baseline Population
CanadaVancouverVancouver (Surrey)BC1,965
CanadaTorontoToronto (Mississauga, Brampton)ON1,915
United StatesCharlotteCharlotte-Concord-GastoniaNC450
United StatesDecaturAtlanta-Sandy Springs-RoswellGA500
United StatesDallasDallas-Fort Worth-ArlingtonTX210
United StatesNashvilleNashville-Davidson--Murfreesboro--FranklinTN650
United StatesSt LouisSt. LouisMO100
United StatesCLARKSTONAtlanta-Sandy Springs-RoswellGA7,000
United StatesDaly CitySan Francisco-Oakland-HaywardCA10,905
United StatesMidlandMidland-OdessaTX364
United StatesAmarilloAmarillo-DumasTX2,400
United StatesManalapan TownshipNew York-Newark-Jersey CityNJ8,233
United StatesColumbiaColumbiaSC60
United StatesLouisvilleLouisville/Jefferson CountyKY273