Mishmi in India

Joshua Project has identified the Mishmi only in India






Largest Religion

Main Language


Introduction / History

Mishmi is a tribe in Arunachal Pradesh who live in the weakest economy conditions.

What are Their Lives Like?

The main economic resources of the Mishmis are land and forests. They are primarily farmers. One of the traditional occupations of the Mishmis is weaving, which also involves them in trading in order to sell what they make. Mishmis also produce shawls, blouses, jackets, bamboo baskets, skirts, coats, bags and bead necklaces. Mishmis are non-vegetarians. Men and children consume pork, beef and all other kinds of meat available. However, the women eat only small birds and fish. Their houses are made of bamboo and the roof is thatched with long grass. The peculiarity of these houses is that they are made on pillars and the basement of the house is used for keeping pigs and hens.

What are Their Beliefs?

Mishmis belong to hereditary shamanism. The most important characteristics are the complex system of belief in the spiritual qualities of nature and the concept of one Supreme Being. Donyi-polo the sun and the moon are regarded as the symbol of eternal truth.

Animals like mithun and pigs are sacrificed for a number of rituals and pujas during festivals. They have pre and post delivery rituals. They believe in some malevolent and benevolent spirits. Mishmis are the followers of the animistic Donyi-polo faith, known as Phong kelum, with some Buddhist influence, notably in their rites.

Profile Source:   India Missions Association - Edited by Philipose Vaidyar  Copyrighted ©   Used with permission  

People Name General Mishmi
People Name in Country Mishmi
Population in India 10,800
World Population 11,000
Countries 1
Progress Scale 2.1
Least-Reached No
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names
Affinity Bloc Tibetan-Himalayan Peoples
People Cluster Miri-Kachin
People Name General Mishmi
Ethnic Code MSY50z
Country India
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 28  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution rankinging, )

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Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Adi (7,800) Miju-Mishmi (3,000) Monpa, Tawang (60) Assamese (30)
Naga, Tase (30) Mising (20) Bengali (10) Hindi (Unknown)
Nyishi (Unknown) Naga, Nocte (Unknown) Mundari (Unknown)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Adi 7,800 Miju-Mishmi 3,000
Monpa, Tawang 60 Assamese 30
Naga, Tase 30 Mising 20
Bengali 10 Hindi 10
Nyishi 0 Naga, Nocte 0
Mundari 0
Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions Yes   (1932-1986)
New Testament Yes   (1988-2003)
Complete Bible Yes   (2005-2009)
Category Resource
Audio Recordings Global Recordings
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Adi

Major Religion Percent
0.75 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
7.05 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
76.03 %
0.01 %
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
16.16 %
Photo Source: Vaivhav Todi  
Profile Source: India Missions Association - Edited by Philipose Vaidyar  Copyrighted ©   Used with permission  
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