Khampti in India


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Main Language
Largest Religion
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Evangelical
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* From latest India census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.

Introduction / History

Khamti people live in the area where the three countries of Myanmar, India and China meet. The name Khamti means "a land full of gold." Historians say that the Khamti migrated to India from the Irrawaddy valley, Myanmar, in 1751. They settled along the Tangapani River. They later moved and now inhabit the lower regions drained by the Tangapani and Noa-Dihing rivers.... Their territory is surrounded by dense forests of the tropical moist deciduous type.

Most Khamti now live in Kachin State of north-western Myanmar, having first settled along the Chinwin River in the 12th century AD. They formed three small Khamti Long Thai States and developed a highly advanced civilization. Those who escaped enslavement by the Burmese settled in their present location in the fertile triangle of northern Myanmar, between the Mali and Nmai rivers. More Khamti people live across the border in northeast India's states of Arunachal Pradesh and Assam, where they are recognized as a scheduled (official) tribe. In Arunachal Pradesh they inhabit the plains of Lohit, Changlang, Lower Subansiri and Tirup districts, as well as the Dibang Valley. Additional numbers of Khamti inhabit Assam State.


What Are Their Lives Like?

One researcher there found that though the Khamti are Buddhists, they eat a variety of fish. They consume the meat of fowls, pigs, goats, bears, deer and tigers. Beef is a taboo. Khamti society is hierarchical, with the village chief at the top, followed by the Buddhist monks, the common people and the former slaves at the bottom.

When a Khamti couple gets married, a mediator accompanies the groom's relatives (barring his parents) to the bride's house in a procession. The groom's party offers a basket of dried fish and rice beer to the bride's parents. When the entertainment is over the mediator negotiates with the bride's father, whereupon he hands over his daughter to the groom's party.


What Are Their Beliefs?

Theravada Buddhism is the religion of almost every Khamti person. Each village has its own monastery, where proud parents send their sons to study the teachings of Buddha. These peace-loving people make offerings of flowers and food.


What Are Their Needs?

No matter where they live, few Khamti have any awareness of the son of God who died that they may have eternal life.


Prayer Points

Pray for a movement of Jesus to heal and strengthen Khampti communities.

Pray for a "Book of Acts" type of movement to Christ among the Khampti.

Pray for the Khampti people to understand and embrace that Jesus wants to bless their families and neighborhoods.

Pray for Holy Spirit anointed believers from the Khampti people to change their society from within.

Pray for a movement in which the Holy Spirit leads and empowers disciples to make more disciples.


Scripture Prayers for the Khampti in India.


References

Peoples of the Buddhist World, Asia Harvest, Copyrighted © Used with permission


Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

People Name General Khampti
People Name in Country Khampti
Pronunciation KAHM-tee
Population this Country 21,000
Population all Countries 30,000
Total Countries 2
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group No
GSEC 5  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
Alternate Names Bor-Khampti; Hkamti; Kam Ti; Kham-Tai; Khamti; Khamti Shan; Kmajang; Moonglair Khampti; Phakial; Tai Kam Ti; खंपति
People ID 12650
ROP3 Code 104896
Country India
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 11  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States on file 6
Largest States
Arunachal Pradesh
19,000
Assam
1,700
Manipur
400
West Bengal
30
Mizoram
30
Meghalaya
30
Districts Interactive map, listing and data download
Specialized Website South Asia Peoples
Country India
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 11  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States 6
  Arunachal Pradesh 19,000
  Assam 1,700
  Manipur 400
  West Bengal 30
  Mizoram 30
  Meghalaya 30
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Religion: Buddhism
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
92.10 %
Christianity  (Evangelical Unknown)
0.89 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
6.01 %
Islam
0.26 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.32 %
Unknown
0.42 %
* From latest India census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.
Primary Language Adi (9,800 speakers)
Language Code adi   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 9
Secondary Languages
Khamti
7,100
Assamese
600
Naga, Tangshang: Tangsa
60
Bengali
50
Chin, Hakha Nyishi
Naga, Wancho Anal
Primary Language Adi (9,800 speakers)
Language Code adi   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 9
Secondary Languages
  Khamti 7,100
  Assamese 600
  Naga, Tangshang: Tangsa 60
  Bengali 50
  Chin, Hakha 10
  Nyishi 10
  Naga, Wancho 0
  Anal 0
People Groups Speaking Adi

Primary Language:  Adi

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1932-1986)
Bible-New Testament Yes  (1988-2003)
Bible-Complete Yes  (2005-2012)
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Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Adi Jesus Film Project
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Text / Printed Matter Bible: Adi YouVersion Bibles
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Map Source People Group data: Omid. Map geography: UNESCO / GMI. Map Design: Joshua Project  
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