Rakhine people are formerly known as the Arakan – accounting for about 4% of the population of Myanmar, the majority practice Buddhism. Their last ancient capital located in the central area of Mrauk U of Rakhine State, next to Bangladesh. Their language has some similarities with Burmese language. Due to the geographical location for the settlers, Rakhine people influenced from Indian culture.
In the eyes of most Burmese people, the ethnic Rakhine is hybrid – a mix of Burmese and Indians. Rakhine people are very talented weavers, their weaving product is very popular in Myanmar with a model of Longyi skirt with complex patterns and eye-catching. A small group of Rakhine people is now still practicing Muslims, known as Rohingya.