Khasi in India






Largest Religion

Main Language


Introduction / History

The Khasi people live in the Khasi and Jaintia hills of Meghalaya. Khasi is a generic name given to various tribes and sub-tribes who live there. They had migrated from the Southeast Asia to the hills of Northeast India. They have a number of clans such as Lyngdoh, Diengdoh, Marbaniang, Shiemliah, Lapang and Songkali.

The Khasi are generally people of short stature. Their mother tongue is Khasi.

They are divided into several matrilineal clans such as Mawlong, Khongweer and Symley. The youngest daughter inherits the ancestral property and daughters are given preference in the division of property while males can own only self-acquired property. Even Christians are known to pass down their ancestral property through the female line.

Khasi women enjoy a high social status and play a significant role in socio-economic matters and household management. Many Khasi have taken up professions in civil services and in industries besides agriculture. Western Music and musical instruments are becoming popular among them.

A vast majority of the Khasis are Christians while there are some groups of Hindu and Muslim too among them. The Khasi Muslims came from the other states such as Bihar, Uttar Pradesh and Punjab. They came as traders to the Jaintia hills of Meghalaya and married Khasi women. Among the Muslims too the youngest daughter inherits the parental property. Boys are circumcised before the age of ten. The Muslim Khasi mainly depends on trade and white colour jobs.

Alternate names: Khasi Bhoi, Khynriam, Lyingam, War, Khmer

Prayer Points

* For the salvation of the Khasi people.
* For the Khasi Christians to reach out to the Khasi Muslims and Hindus in their region.
* For social equality in matters concerning the genders.

Profile Source:   India Missions Association - Edited by Philipose Vaidyar  Copyrighted ©   Used with permission  

People Name General Khasi
People Name in Country Khasi
Population in India 1,341,000
World Population 1,423,000
Countries 2
Progress Scale 2.1
Least-Reached No
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Bhoi, Jaintia, Khasa, Khuchia, Ky, Kyi, Lungngam, Pnar, Ri Lum, Synteng
Affinity Bloc Southeast Asian Peoples
People Cluster Mon-Khmer
People Name General Khasi
Ethnic Code AUG03a
Country India
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 28  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution rankinging, )
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Khasi (1,315,000) War-Jaintia (15,000) Garo (5,400) Marathi (4,700)
Assamese (2,200) Hindi (2,200) Karbi (2,100) Bengali (900)
Naga, Inpui: Naga, Kabui (900) English (900) Nepali (700) Tiwa (600)
Chin, Thado (400) Bodo (300) Mizo (300) Naga, Maram (200)
Chin, Falam (200) Kok Borok (200) Vaiphei (100) Munda (100)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Khasi 1,315,000 War-Jaintia 15,000
Garo 5,400 Marathi 4,700
Assamese 2,200 Hindi 2,200
Karbi 2,100 Bengali 900
Naga, Inpui: Naga, Kabui 900 English 900
Nepali 700 Tiwa 600
Chin, Thado 400 Bodo 300
Mizo 300 Naga, Maram 200
Chin, Falam 200 Kok Borok 200
Vaiphei 100 Munda 100
Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions Yes   (1816-1891)
New Testament Yes   (1831-1991)
Complete Bible Yes   (1891)
Category Resource
Audio Recordings Global Recordings
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video God's Story Video
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Khasi
Film / Video Story of Jesus for Children (JF Project)
General Gods Simple Plan
Scripture World Missionary Press Booklets

Major Religion Percent
0.13 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
80.79 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
1.57 %
0.11 %
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.01 %
17.39 %
Photo Source: Anonymous  
Map Source: Omid / Joshua Project / Global Mapping Intl  
Profile Source: India Missions Association - Edited by Philipose Vaidyar  Copyrighted ©   Used with permission  
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