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Cambodia

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Author(s): M. Brian Sabey
I. Social Facts Cambodia is relatively homogenous, both ethnically and religiously. About 90% of Cambodia’s population of 15.2 million are of the Khmer ethnic group (about 13.7 million). Vietnamese people make up another 5% (about 760,000), the Cham just over 2% (about 319,000), and the Chinese just over 1% (about 150,000). Various other minorities make up the rest (less than 2%), including the indigenous hill tribes known as the Khmer Leou. Over 95% of the population practice Theravada Buddhism, with roughly another 2%, largely Vietnamese, practicing Mahayana Budd…

Burma (Myanmar)

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Author(s): M. Brian Sabey
I. Social Facts There has been no census in Burma since 1983, but official estimates place the population around 56 million, with 49 million (89% of the population) professing Theravada Buddhism. Christianity claims the allegiance of 2 to 2.5 million (4%): roughly 1.7 million are Baptist (3%) while nearly 0.6 million are Roman Catholic (1%). Another 2 to 2.5 million (4%) are Muslim (mostly Sunni), and about 0.6 million are Folk Religionists/Animists (1%). About 1.1 million people follow some other …