L1 users: 150,000 (2007). 2,000 refugees in Thailand.
Kayah and Kayin states: east of Thanlwin river; Shan State: Pekon township south; Shan state: north of Loikaw (northern dialect); Dimawso and Hpruso townships south of Loikaw (southern dialect).
Northern dialect of Western Kayah, Southern dialect of Western Kayah, Dawtama, Dawnnyjekhu, Sounglog, Chi Kwe, Wan Cheh. Part of a dialect continuum of Central Karen varieties stretching from Thailand (Eastern Kayah [eky]) to western Kayah State.
Buddhist, Christian, traditional religion.