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Khmer, Central in Cambodia

Khmer, Central

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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
13,969,000 Khmer, Central Buddhism 3.20 % 1.70 %   

Khmer, Central in Cambodia

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Introduction / History
The Central Khmer inhabit the western and central portions of Cambodia, and make up the majority of the country's total population. The Central Khmer speak an Eastern Mon-Khmer language called Khmer, or Cambodian. It is the national language of Cambodia.

The Khmer Empire, which flourished between the ninth and thirteenth centuries, encompassed present-day Laos, Thailand, Cambodia, and southern Vietnam. Its power declined after being conquered by the Thai and the Vietnamese.

In 1969, Cambodia suffered bombings by the U.S. and invasions by the Vietnamese; events that threw the country into turmoil. In addition, a civil war broke out between the Cambodian government and Communist rebels known as the Khmer Rouge. Possibly three million Central Khmer died between 1975 and 1979, while the Khmer Rouge ruled.

What are their lives like?
In 1975, the Khmer Rouge regime nearly destroyed Cambodia. In order to depopulate cities, three million people were forced into the countryside as slave labor. Starvation led to the deaths of over one million people. Currency was abolished; religion was eradicated; education was suspended; medicine was forbidden; and people who could read were often massacred all in the name of the ideal of rural social reform. Many people fled north to Thailand; others took the trail of tears into Communist Laos. Unfortunately, there they struggled to find clothing, shelter, medical care, and food. Some Khmer found permanent homes; others found shelter in crowded refugee camps.

Before the war, the majority of Cambodia's inhabitants lived in one-third of the country, along the two main waterways and their tributaries. Although the soil there is not fertile, the plains flood every rainy season. The overflow brings an abundance of fish; and when it recedes, leaves rich deposits.

Sadly, bombing, civil war, and war with the Vietnamese decimated a once thriving agricultural economy. Today, most of the Khmer still live in small villages and grow rice in irrigated paddies. Rubber is also important to their economy. Unfortunately, it has been dangerous for the farmers to work the fields since the 1970s (due to land mines). The mines have caused more wounds to the Central Khmer than any other weapon. In 1994, the United States provided military aid to help locate the mines and build new roads.

While the Khmer Rouge ruled Cambodia, more men died than women, creating a skewed sex ratio. Today, women are required to perform duties that were once done by men. They dress in colorful skirts, adding life to their unhappy environment. Red and white checkered cloth is used to make everything from headdresses to pouches for carrying babies.

In the villages, Buddhist rules of conduct maintain social control. These rules forbid lying, stealing, drinking alcoholic, committing adultery, and killing living creatures. Some remnants of traditional culture can be seen in the villages: folk dance, the classical royal ballet, and traditional Khmer music.

What are their beliefs?
The former Khmer Empire was influenced by India, from which it adopted Hinduism and Buddhism. Today, the majority of the Central Khmer are Buddhist, although relics of ethnic religions such as ancestor worship (praying to deceased ancestors) and spirit worship are very important to them.

The Buddhist Khmer also seek the middle path to nirvana, or ultimate peace through gaining merit in this life. Merit may be gained through supporting the construction of Buddhist temples, giving food to monks, and studying in the monastery.

What are their needs?
Although the Bible and other Christian resources are available to the Central Khmer, few of their population have turned to Christ. They remain a war-torn people in need of true, inner peace. Prayer is the key to reaching them with the Gospel.

Prayer Points
* Ask the Lord to call people who are willing to go to Cambodia and share Christ with the Central Khmer.
* Pray that God will grant wisdom and favor to any missions agencies that are currently working among the Central Khmer.
* Pray that God will encourage and protect the Central Khmer who have accepted Jesus.
* Ask God to use these new converts to reach out and share the love of Christ with their own people.
* Ask God to call forth prayer teams who will begin breaking up the soil through intercession.
* Pray that strong local churches will be planted among the Central Khmer.

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Country: Cambodia
Continent: Asia
Region: Southeast Asia
10/40 Window: Yes
Total Provinces on file:21
Location in Country:Widespread
(Source: Ethnologue 2016)
   
 
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  Peoples [3]
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People Name in Country: Khmer, Central
People Name General: Khmer, Central
Alternate People Names:
CambodiansCentral Khmer
Cu ThoCur
KampucheanKhmer Krom
Khmer Nam BoKhmer, Northern
Kho MeKhơ-me
KmerKu
MienThai-Khmer
West Cham
ROP3 Code: 104946
Joshua Project People ID: 12662
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 13,969,000
Population all Countries: 15,730,000
Least-Reached: Yes
   
 
Affinity Bloc: Southeast Asian Peoples
People Cluster: Mon-Khmer
People Name General: Khmer, Central
Ethnic Code: AUG03b
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
   
 
Language
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Primary Language: Khmer, Central (13,969,000 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): khm    Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages: 1
   
 
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Buddhism
Religion Sub-division:Theravada
Major Religions:
Buddhism89.80 % 
Christianity3.20 %(Evangelical: 1.70 %)
Ethnic Religions4.10 % 
Hinduism0.00 % 
Islam0.80 % 
Non-Religious2.00 % 
Other / Small0.10 % 
Unknown0.00 % 
Christianity Segments:
Anglican0.00 %
Independent83.00 %
Protestant12.00 %
Orthodox0.00 %
Other Christian0.00 %
Roman Catholic5.00 %
 
(Evangelicals distributed across Christianity segments)
   
 
Progress Indicators [5]
Progress Scale[6]   Few evangelicals and few who claim to be Christians. Little, if any, history of Christianity.
Least-Reached: Yes
GSEC Status:Level 3   Less than 2% Evangelical. Widespread church planting within past 2 years
 
 
Bible Translation Status
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Bible Portions: 1899-1933
New Testament:
1929-1993Audio
Complete Bible: 1954-1998
Possible Bible Sources: Forum of Bible Agencies
 World Bible Finder
 World Christian Resource Directory
 Gospel Go
 
 
Ministry Resources [7]
Audio RecordingsMegaVoice Audio Bible and Stories
Audio RecordingsAudio Bible teaching (GRN)
Audio RecordingsFathers Love Letter
Audio RecordingsOnline New Testament - Central (FCBH)
Audio RecordingsOnline Scripture (Talking Bibles)
Audio RecordingsOral Bible stories in Khmer, Central
Audio RecordingsStory of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project ...
Film / VideoGod's Story Video
Film / VideoJesus Film: view in Khmer, Central
Film / VideoMagdalena (Jesus Film Project)
Film / VideoMy Last Day (Jesus Film Project Anime)
Film / VideoRatchana's Testimony (Indigitube.tv)
Film / VideoStory of Jesus for Children (JF Project)
Film / VideoThe Hope Video
Film / VideoVoices of Cambodia - Bihab (Indigitube.t ...
Film / VideoVoices of Cambodia - Chek (Indigitube.tv ...
Film / VideoVoices of Cambodia - Ny & Nin (Indigitub ...
GeneralFour Spiritual Laws
GeneralGods Simple Plan
GeneralGot Questions Ministry
Text / Printed MatterBible-in-Your-Language
Text / Printed MatterBible: Khmer Christian Bible
Text / Printed MatterBible: Khmer Standard Version
Text / Printed MatterBible: The Holy Bible in Khmer Old Versi ...
Text / Printed MatterWorld Missionary Press Booklets
 
 
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Khmer, Central in Cambodia

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