12,500 in Myanmar (2008). Population total all countries: 15,500.
Northeast. Shan State, near southern Shan town of Pang Long.
Black Riang, Red Riang, Yinja. Not related to Tripuri [trp]-speaking Riang of India and Bangladesh or to Pa’o [blk], which is Sino-Tibetan. Red and Black Riang difference unknown but these have been treated as separate languages; traditionally, the two groups occupy different social and geographic space, and wear different traditional clothing styles. May be the same language as Shwe Palaung [pll].
Endangered. Also use Shan [shn].
Latin script [Latn].
Different from Riang [ria] of India, a Tibeto-Burman language. Buddhist, traditional religion.