Meitei in India







Largest Religion

Main Language


The Meitei

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Introduction / History

The Meitei live in the northeastern corner of Bangladesh—mostly in the Moulvibazar district of Sylhet division. The vast majority of their people live in Manipur State in India where Meitei is the official state language. A unique feature of the Meitei is that their community is made of one language, but two religions. A majority of them are Hindus and have Mongoloid features, while a minority of them are Muslims and have Bengali features. In spite of this, there exists good harmony between them and they are proud of the common heritage of their mother tongue.

Most Meiteis still earn a living by farming, though the younger generation would like to use their education to enter more modern fields. The Meitei are very resistant to change, particularly in the area of religion. Outsiders trying to spread the gospel are not well received, and individuals may resist the gospel for fear that they will lose their place in the Meitei society if they become Christians. Much work needs to be done to make them aware of their need for Christ. Currently, there are only two Meitei Christians in Bangladesh, and there is no church or active witness in their community.

Profile Source: Anonymous

People Name General Meitei
People Name in Country Meitei
Population in India 1,379,000
Progress Scale 1.1
Least-Reached Yes
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Meetei, Mitei, Ponna
Affinity Bloc Tibetan-Himalayan Peoples
People Cluster Kuki-Chin-Naga
People Name General Meitei
Ethnic Code MSY50o
Country India
Continent Asia
Region South Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Meitei (1,333,000) Bengali (19,000) Assamese (800) English (Unknown)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Meitei 1,333,000 Bengali 19,000
Assamese 800 English 10
Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions Yes   (1820-1995)
New Testament Yes   (1827-1996)
Complete Bible Yes   (1984-2011)
Category Resource
Audio Recordings Global Recordings
Audio Recordings Online scripture / Portions
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video God's Story Video
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Meitei
Film / Video Story of Jesus for Children (JF Project)
General Got Questions Ministry
Printed Matter Fathers Love Letter
Scripture World Missionary Press Booklets
Largest Religion Hinduism
0.21%    ( Evangelical  0.00% )
Ethnic Religions
Other / Small
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