Rongmei in India

Joshua Project has identified the Rongmei only in India






Largest Religion

Main Language


Introduction / History

Rongmei, like other Nagas were head hunters. When a young man turns 17 or 18, he is considered a warrior. In order to prove his worth as a warrior, he has to collect the head of an enemy from another village. One village is one kingdom for Nagas even if they are from the same community. It was prohibited to take the head from someone from the same village. They are believed to have come from Mongolia through China and then into South Asia. For this reason they have Mongoloid features.

Where Are they Located?

They are spread out in 3 states of India: Assam, Nagaland and Manipur.

What Are Their Lives Like?

They mostly live in villages in small pockets. Most live in the hills. Their houses are mostly made with a thatch roof and wooden pole. Rice is the main staple diet for them. They hunt for and gather other food sources. Since the forest receives heavy rainfall, edible leaves of all kinds are abundant. These wild vegetables are healthy and organic, so they stay healthy.

What Are Their Beliefs?

Their religion is unknown, but they believe that God is a spirit. They do not worship idols. For them, God lives in heaven and we are to sacrifice blood for remission of sin. But in many villages, after the freedom movement from the British government they embraced the "Babuan" religion. This religion was started by the Rongmei freedom fighters Rani Gaidinliu and Heipou Jadonang. The Rongmei living in Assam state and Manipur state still practice this religion. They have a small hill in the Cachar district of the state of Assam, where they go to sacrifice to their deity. This mountain name is called "Babuan Ching" which means "Babuan Mountain."

What Are Their Needs?

This people needs to know more about the teaching of Jesus. They think that Christianity is a western religion and therefore they should not follow it. There is a need for more missionaries who would spend time teaching, living with them and testifying of the living God. Miracles and healings can be key in showing God's power. Providing for physical needs is also necessary since there is much lack.

Profile Source:   Dee-Zane Pamei  

People Name General Rongmei
People Name in Country Rongmei
Population in India 90,000
World Population 90,000
Countries 1
Progress Scale 2.1
Least-Reached No
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Kabui, Kabul, Puimei
Affinity Bloc Tibetan-Himalayan Peoples
People Cluster Kuki-Chin-Naga
People Name General Rongmei
Ethnic Code MSY50p
People ID 17033
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:  8  (up to 20 largest shown)
Manipur (87,000) Nagaland (1,900) Assam (800) Delhi (100)
Meghalaya (100) Arunachal Pradesh (20) Chandigarh (20) Tripura (10)
Total States on file:  8  (up to 20 largest shown)
Manipur (87,000) Nagaland (1,900)
Assam (800) Delhi (100)
Meghalaya (100) Arunachal Pradesh (20)
Chandigarh (20) Tripura (10)
Languages & Dialects on file:  36  (up to 20 largest shown)
Naga, Inpui: Naga, Kabui (76,000) Hindi (1,300) Naga, Liangmai (700) Meitei (400)
Gangte (100) Vaiphei (100) Chin, Thado (70) Khasi (60)
Hmar (50) Naga, Zeme (50) English (50) Naga, Tangkhul (40)
Kuvi (40) Chin, Paite (30) Naga, Mao (30) Karbi (20)
Konkani (20) Bengali (10) Anal (10) Naga, Sangtam (10)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Naga, Inpui: Naga, Kabui 76,000 Hindi 1,300
Naga, Liangmai 700 Meitei 400
Gangte 100 Vaiphei 100
Chin, Thado 70 Khasi 60
Hmar 50 Naga, Zeme 50
English 50 Naga, Tangkhul 40
Kuvi 40 Chin, Paite 30
Naga, Mao 30 Karbi 20
Konkani 20 Bengali 10
Anal 10 Naga, Sangtam 10
For Primary Language: Naga, Inpui

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions Yes   (2000)
New Testament No
Complete Bible No
Resource Format
None reported  
Primary Religion: Christianity

Major Religion Percent
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
86.15 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
1.41 %
0.09 %
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.03 %
12.32 %

Christian Segments Percent
0.0 %
0.0 %
0.0 %
Other Christian
0.0 %
0.0 %
Roman Catholic
0.0 %
Photo Source: Dee-Zane Pamei  
Map Source: Omid / Joshua Project / Global Mapping Intl  
Profile Source: Dee-Zane Pamei  
Data Sources: Data is compiled from various sources. Read more

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