Karen, Mobwa


A language of Myanmar

Alternate Names
Bilichi, Blimaw, Dermuha, Maleh, Mobwa Karen, Monpwa, Mopwa, Pa-Le-Chi, Palachi, Palakhi, Palaychi

4,000 (2010 SIL). Also live mixed with Bwe Karen [bwe] and Paku Karen [jkp] in some villages.


Kayin state: Thandaung township, western foot of Thandaung mountains, 9 villages; some in Bago region: Taungoo township.

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Language Status

6b (Threatened).


Palaychi (Southern Mobwa), Dermuha (Southern Mobwa). Reportedly similar to Paku Karen [jkp].

Language Use

Shifting to S’gaw Karen [ksw] and Burmese [mya]. Home. Some young people, all adults. Positive attitudes. Many also use S’gaw Karen [ksw]. Also use Burmese [mya].


Unwritten [Qaax].

Other Comments

Similar to Bwe Karen [bwe] in lifestyle and culture. Christian.

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