Officially 135 ethnic groups comprise Myanmar people. About 70 percent of the population is descended from the Myanmar, also pronounced as Mranma, Burmese or Bama, who arrived from Central Asia and Tibet around the tenth century. Apart from the Chinese and Indians, most minority ethnic groups live mainly in the hills. The hills peoples' lifestyles and languages are distinct. Some are Buddhists or Christians, but many still adhere to their traditional practices of worshiping local spirits.
The main people of Myanmar are called Myanmar or Bamar. There are seven states in Myanmar and therefore there are Seven Main races of Myanmar. They are