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       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

The original name of the race known as Kachin is Jinghpaw, Jinghpaw is the racial name for the tribes known as the Hkahkus, Gauris, Lashis, Marus, Atsis and Nungs as well as for the Jinghpaw proper.
Location - The northern part of Myanmar
- borders with China and India
Population - 1.50% of Myanmar Population
Natural Resource & Product - Jade, Gold , Crops, etc...
Kayah or Karenni  
Kayah people were once known as Red Kayin (Karenni) and live in Kayah State, south of Shan State.
Location - Kayah State is situated in eastern Myanmar
- borders with Thailand
Population - 0.75% of Myanmar Population
Natural Resource - Valuable wood such as Teak, Pyinkadoe, lngyin Padauk , Crops , etc...
The Karen, Kayin, Kariang or Yang people are the third largest group; Sgaw and Pwo Kayins are the two main Kayin groups. They live in the Ayeyarwady delta and also in hilly Kayin State.
Location - border with Yamethin District, Shan State and Kayah   State
Population - 7 % of Myanmar Population
Natural Resource - Paddy, Crops, Iron, Lead, Sugarcane, Rubber, Areca, Coffee, Coconut, Copper, Tin, Coal and Antimony etc...
Chin, Kukis , is one of the ethnic groups in Myanmar. The Chins are found mainly in western part of Myanmar in the Chin State and about a population of 1.5 million. They also live in nearby Indian states of Nagaland, Mizoram and Manipur and Assam.
Location - border with India, Rakhine State, Sagaing and Magway Division
Population - 1.5 million
Natural Resource - Potatoes, Sunflower, Cotton, Sugarcane, Tobacco, Coffee, Paddy etc...
Mon people settle in Ayeyarwaddy delta, Mon state, and Karen state. One of the earliest peoples to reside in Southeast Asia, the Mon people are able to spread of Theravada Buddhism in Myanmar and Thailand.
Location - border with Bago Division , Kayin State, Thailand and Taninthayi Division
Population - 2.00% of Myanmar Population
Natural Resource - Rubber, Corn, Groundnut, Sunflower, Sugarcane, Coconut, Oil palm, Coccoa, Condiments, Cashew, Nipa palm etc...
Rakhine a nationality in Myanmar forming the majority along the coastal region of present day Rakhine State. Like Bamar and Mons, Rakhine people are Buddhists, and their language are similar to Bamar.
Location - Chin State , Magway Divisio n, Bago Division and Ayeyawady Division
Population - 3.50% of Myanmar Population
Natural Resource - Sea Products, Rubber, Paddy, mustard, sesame, chili, sugarcane, onion, potato, corn, areca nut, betel leaf, tobacco and vegetables etc...
The Shans, light skinned and tall, are related to the Thais and the people of Laos. Primarily farmers, they live in the river valleys and lowland pockets of the Shan plateau, forming 9 percent of the total population.
Location - China to the north, Laos to the east, and Thailand
Population - 9.00% of Myanmar Population
Natural Resource - Green Tea, Silver, Lead, Zine, antimony and Copper etc...
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