Tikhir in India

Joshua Project has identified the Tikhir only in India






Largest Religion

Main Language


Introduction / History

The Tikhir tribe is a completely unique tribe with it's own culture, tradition, dialect and history. They speak a language called the Tikhir dialect. The Tikhir people live in Nagaland state in India. Some live accross the border in Myanmar.

What Are Their Lives Like?

The Tikhir make their living from agriculture and hunting. They were previously headhunters and the prestige of a person depended on the number of enemies killed and collected. Since the Tikhi are a small tribe in Nagaland, the bigger tribes are discriminating against them. The Tikhirs were forced to stay under the rule of the a neighbouring tribe and their area was divided into many political contituencies. Because of this, they don't have an elected representative and thus are suffering in all spheres of life. In the middle 1990s many of the Tikhir villages were attacked by this neighboring tribe, along with some terrorist elements, and many Tikhirs were killed, including children and old women. Many houses and granaries were burned. Many Baptist churches of the Tikhirs were also burned.

What Are Their Beliefs?

With the coming of the Baptist Missionaries from America to Nagaland, most Tikhirs had converted to Christianity, albiet slowly. The majority are Baptist and a few Catholics.

What Are Their Needs?

* Official recognition of the Tikhir tribe and privileges as full citizens.
* Peace with neighboring tribes and safety from attacks.
* Spiritual growth within the church.

Profile Source:   Anonymous  

People Name General Tikhir
People Name in Country Tikhir
Population in India 12,000
World Population 12,000
Countries 1
Progress Scale 2.1
Least-Reached No
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names
Affinity Bloc Tibetan-Himalayan Peoples
People Cluster Kuki-Chin-Naga
People Name General Tikhir
Ethnic Code MSY50p
People ID 18253
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:  2  (up to 20 largest shown)
Nagaland (12,000) Assam (20)
Total States on file:  2  (up to 20 largest shown)
Nagaland (12,000) Assam (20)
For Primary Language: Naga, Yimchungru

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions Yes   (1959-1989)
New Testament Yes   (1981-1989)
Complete Bible Yes
Resource Format
Audio Bible teaching (GRN) Audio Recordings
Bible: Yimchungru Naga Bible (CL) Text / Printed Matter
Primary Religion: Christianity

Major Religion Percent
0.01 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
99.97 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
0.01 %
0.01 %
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
0.01 %

Christian Segments Percent
0.0 %
0.0 %
0.0 %
Other Christian
0.0 %
0.0 %
Roman Catholic
0.0 %
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Map Source: Joshua Project / Global Mapping International  
Profile Source: Anonymous  
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