Bokar in India

Joshua Project has identified the Bokar only in India






Largest Religion

Main Language


Where Are they Located?

The Bokar tribe is a sub-tribe of the Adi. They are mainly concentrated in Mechukha, Monigong, Pidi and Tato circles of Mechukha Sub-Division in India, bordering China in West Siang District.

What Are Their Lives Like?

The Podi-Barbi festival is celebrated every year on December 5. According to the legend "Podi-Barbi" means a small cricket-like migratory insect which makes a tweeting sound and migrates from far-flung places and arrives at the time of harvesting season in the region. Since the primitive people did not use any calendar by which they could know the exact time of harvesting, they took the arrival of this small insect as their calendar.

The festival is celebrated in the harvesting season, when the insect arrives at the region; and it is celebrated in order to welcome the harvesting season and to extend thankfulness to Mother Nature for a great harvest in current year and pray for sufficient growth of crops in coming years and also pray for ample hunting of wild animals.

During this day men and women wear traditional attire and enjoy the day with fun and merrymaking. Like other festivals of Tani origin, the sacrifice of domestic animals during the festival is another feature of the celebration and the ritual is performed by local priest called Nyubu.

As the people of the area used to depend basically on agricultural products for their living, they grew maize, millet and paddy cultivation along with vegetable items, which they still practice though in very limited quantity. Maize was used as their staple food crop as cultivation of paddy in hilly and rocky terrain was quite difficult and even if cultivated it was in scanty amounts. However, with the introduction of Public Distribution System (PDS) by the government, food habits among the people have drastically changed. The people now are dependent totally on PDS for they prefer rice to maize as food. Even so, they have not abandoned the practice of growing maize, millet and other vegetable items for themselves as well as raising domestic animals.

Culturally and traditionally the people are very rich, but due to lack of proper exposure to outside world most of the people even in the State do not know about the Bokar tribe of Arunachal Pradesh


Additional information at

Profile Source:   Anonymous  

People Name General Bokar
People Name in Country Bokar
Population in India 2,400
World Population 2,400
Countries 1
Progress Scale 1.1
Least-Reached Yes
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Adi Bokar
Affinity Bloc Tibetan-Himalayan Peoples
People Cluster Adi
People Name General Bokar
Ethnic Code MSY50z
People ID 16499
Country India
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 21  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States on file:  1  (up to 20 largest shown)
Arunachal Pradesh (2,400)
Total States on file:  1  (up to 20 largest shown)
Arunachal Pradesh (2,400)
Languages & Dialects on file:  6  (up to 20 largest shown)
Adi: Bokar (2,400) Nyishi Monpa, Tawang Bengali
Bhili Hindi
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Adi: Bokar 2,400 Nyishi 0
Monpa, Tawang 0 Bengali
Bhili Hindi

For Main Lanugage: Adi

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions Yes   (1932-1986)
New Testament Yes   (1988-2003)
Complete Bible Yes   (2005-2009)
Resource Format
Audio Bible teaching (GRN) Audio Recordings
Jesus Film: view in Adi Film / Video
Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project) Audio Recordings
Primary Religion: Unknown

Major Religion Percent
0.12 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
4.39 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
2.35 %
0.00 %
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
93.13 %

Christian Segments Percent
0.0 %
0.0 %
0.0 %
Other Christian
0.0 %
0.0 %
Roman Catholic
0.0 %
Photo Source: bojum  
Map Source: Bryan Nicholson / cartoMission  
Profile Source: Anonymous  
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