Koren in India

Joshua Project has identified the Koren only in India






Largest Religion

Main Language


Introduction / History

The Koren, also known as the Koirengs, are one of the indigenous peoples inhabiting Manipur in North-East India. They belong to the old Kuki Clans of the widely spread Kuki-Chin group of peoples populating India, Myanmar and Bangladesh. They have a shared ancestry, history, cultural traits, folklores and dialects with their kindred people. Linguistically, Koireng is classified under the Tibeto-Burman of the Sino-Tibetan family of languages. Koirengs have Mongoloid features and are generally short-statured, with straight black hair, dark brown eyes and brown skin. Koireng is a recognized scheduled tribe of India.

Where Are they Located?

Presently, the Koirengs are sparsely scattered around the surrounding foothills of the Imphal valley of Manipur, NE India. The present geographic locations of their dwellings include: Longa Koireng Village (Thanglong or Thangram); Sadu Koireng Village (Tungluong or Sakram); Awang Longa Koireng; Utonglok Koren; Kamu Koireng (Natok Koren) in Senapati District; Ngairuong Village in Churachandpur District; Tarung and Thangmeiband Koren Colony in Imphal district.

What Are Their Lives Like?

The Koireng economy persists mainly on agriculture which they carry on by both shifting and wet cultivation method. Paddy, potato, ginger, (yongcha)Parkia javanica, etc, are the main products. Gathering economy and basket products for commercial goods form trade and market. Hunting in the form of sports is still persistent during off seasons in the villages of Thanglong, Utonglok and Sadu.

Profile Source:   Liendon Zeite  

People Name General Koren
People Name in Country Koren
Population in India 2,700
World Population 2,700
Countries 1
Progress Scale 2.1
Least-Reached No
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Koireng, Kwoireng
Affinity Bloc Tibetan-Himalayan Peoples
People Cluster Kuki-Chin-Naga
People Name General Koren
Ethnic Code MSY50o
People ID 17235
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)
Manipur (2,700)
Total States on file:  1  (up to 20 largest shown)
Manipur (2,700)

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Languages & Dialects on file:  17  (up to 20 largest shown)
Koireng (2,500) Naga, Mao (100) Kom (20) Naga, Maring (10)
Mizo Hindi Naga, Maram Naga, Khezha
Naga, Inpui: Naga, Kabui Meitei Anal Kannada
Gujarati English Bishnupriya Bengali
Chin, Thado
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Koireng 2,500 Naga, Mao 100
Kom 20 Naga, Maring 10
Mizo 10 Hindi 0
Naga, Maram 0 Naga, Khezha 0
Naga, Inpui: Naga, Kabui 0 Meitei 0
Anal 0 Kannada 0
Gujarati 0 English 0
Bishnupriya 0 Bengali 0
Chin, Thado
For Primary Language: Koireng

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions Yes   (1997-2000)
New Testament No
Complete Bible No
Resource Format
None reported  
Primary Religion: Christianity

Major Religion Percent
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
99.54 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
0.15 %
0.00 %
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
0.30 %

Christian Segments Percent
0.0 %
0.0 %
0.0 %
Other Christian
0.0 %
0.0 %
Roman Catholic
0.0 %
Photo Source: Liendon Zeite  
Profile Source: Liendon Zeite  
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