Jalkeot in India

Joshua Project has identified the Jalkeot only in India






Largest Religion

Main Language


Introduction / History

The Jalkeot people have a name that is derived from two words. Jal means either "net" or "water" since traditionally they have been fishermen.

Where Are they Located?

The Jalkeot people live in Assam, a state in northeastern India.

What Are Their Lives Like?

The Jalkeot people are Hindu, and Brahmin priests preside over their wedding ceremonies. Adult marriages are the norm, and their marriages are monogamous. They no longer have a bride price like they did before India's independence in 1947.
They had a low literacy rate before independence, but now the Assamese government is taking steps towards raising the literacy rate.
Traditionally the Jalkeot people were fishermen. Most of them still fish for a living, but many of them are now farmers or small business owners. They are members of the All Assam Scheduled Caste Development Community. As scheduled caste members, they have low status in India.

What Are Their Beliefs?

Almost all of the Jalkeot people are Hindu. As members of a scheduled caste, they have low enough status that they are likely to have some openness to the gospel if someone goes to them.

What Are Their Needs?

As you can see from the section to the right entitled "Ministry Resources" there are many good tools for sharing the gospel with the Jalkeot people. They speak Assamese, which is one of the key languages of northeastern India. Many of the surrounding peoples of this part of India have strong churches. Some of these believers need to go to them.

Prayer Points

* Pray that believers from other states in India will go as His ambassadors to the Jalkeot people.
* Pray that Christian resources in the Assamese language will become readily available to the Jalkeot people.
* Pray for spiritual openness to the gospel of peace and to the Savior.

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People Name General Jalkeot
People Name in Country Jalkeot
Population in India 48,000
World Population 48,000
Countries 1
Progress Scale 1.1
Least-Reached Yes
Unengaged Yes (per Finishing the Task)
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Jal Keot, Joluwa, Juluwai Keot
Affinity Bloc South Asian Peoples
People Cluster Assamese
People Name General Jalkeot
Ethnic Code CNN25a
People ID 16977
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:  4  (up to 20 largest shown)
Assam (47,000) Arunachal Pradesh (200) Meghalaya (70) Mizoram (20)
Total States on file:  4  (up to 20 largest shown)
Assam (47,000) Arunachal Pradesh (200)
Meghalaya (70) Mizoram (20)
Languages & Dialects on file:  2  (up to 20 largest shown)
Assamese (41,000) Bengali (5,500)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Assamese 41,000 Bengali 5,500
For Primary Language: Assamese

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions Yes   (1822-1974)
New Testament Yes   (1819-1993)
Complete Bible Yes   (1833-1995)
Audio Bible Online
Resource Format
Assamese Bible stories Audio Recordings
Assamese Language Film Film / Video
Audio Bible teaching (GRN) Audio Recordings
Christ for the Nations Text / Printed Matter
Christassam recordings Audio Recordings
Four Spiritual Laws General
God's Story Video Film / Video
Gods Simple Plan General
Got Questions Ministry General
Jesus Film: view in Assamese Film / Video
Magdalena (Jesus Film Project) Film / Video
Online Scripture (Talking Bibles) Audio Recordings
Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project) Audio Recordings
Story of Jesus for Children (JF Project) Film / Video
World Missionary Press Booklets Text / Printed Matter
Primary Religion: Hinduism

Major Religion Percent
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Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
100.00 %
0.00 %
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
0.00 %

Christian Segments Percent
0.0 %
0.0 %
0.0 %
Other Christian
0.0 %
0.0 %
Roman Catholic
0.0 %
Photo Source: Anonymous  
Map Source: Omid / Joshua Project / Global Mapping Intl  
Video Source: Create International
Profile Source: Global Prayer Digest / Keith Carey 
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