Maramei in India

Joshua Project has identified the Maramei only in India







Largest Religion

Main Language


Profile Source: HeartCry Missionary Society

Introduction / History

The government of India has declared that the most primitive tribe in Manipur is the Maramei, in the Senepati district. There are still places where outsiders are not given free access.

The Maramei worship nature and their ancestors. They pray to mediums, practice spiritism, superstition, etc. They believe rice beer, which is a very intoxicating drink, to be the source of life and energy.

Immorality is widespread among the Maramei and if an unwanted baby is born out of wedlock, the Maramei will kill the baby by squeezing its neck using a wooden pole. When the baby dies they will pierce bamboo spikes all over the baby fearing that it would wait for them and take revenge in the next world.

The Maramei do not eat pork because there is a traditional belief that their ancestors were orphans and they were fed and brought up by a mother pig.

Profile Source: HeartCry Missionary Society

People Name General Maramei
People Name in Country Maramei
Population in India 7,400
Progress Scale 2.1
Least-Reached No
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Maram
Affinity Bloc Tibetan-Himalayan Peoples
People Cluster Kuki-Chin-Naga
People Name General Maramei
Ethnic Code MSY50p
Country India
Continent Asia
Region South Asia
10/40 Window Yes

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Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Naga, Maram (12,000) Naga, Maring (600) Naga, Mao (300) Naga, Southern Rengma (60)
Hindi (30) Nepali (20) Naga, Tangkhul (10) Assamese (10)
Mizo (10) Meitei (Unknown) Kom (Unknown) Chin, Thado (Unknown)
Naga, Zeme (Unknown) Bishnupriya (Unknown) Naga, Yimchungru (Unknown) Gujarati (Unknown)
English (Unknown) Telugu (Unknown) Vaiphei (Unknown) Bengali (Unknown)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Naga, Maram 12,000 Naga, Maring 600
Naga, Mao 300 Naga, Southern Rengma 60
Hindi 30 Nepali 20
Naga, Tangkhul 10 Assamese 10
Mizo 10 Meitei 10
Kom 10 Chin, Thado 10
Naga, Zeme 10 Bishnupriya 10
Naga, Yimchungru 10 Gujarati 10
English 10 Telugu 0
Vaiphei 0 Bengali 0
Category Resource
Audio Recordings Global Recordings
Largest Religion Christianity
99%    ( Evangelical  0.00% )
Ethnic Religions
Other / Small
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