Khasi in India


Population
Main Language
Largest Religion
Christian
Evangelical
Progress
Progress Gauge

Introduction / History

The Khasi people live in the Khasi and Jaintia hills of Meghalaya. Khasi is a generic name given to various tribes and sub-tribes who live there. They had migrated from the Southeast Asia to the hills of Northeast India. They have a number of clans such as Lyngdoh, Diengdoh, Marbaniang, Shiemliah, Lapang and Songkali.

The Khasi are generally people of short stature. Their mother tongue is Khasi.

They are divided into several matrilineal clans such as Mawlong, Khongweer and Symley. The youngest daughter inherits the ancestral property and daughters are given preference in the division of property while males can own only self-acquired property. Even Christians are known to pass down their ancestral property through the female line.

Khasi women enjoy a high social status and play a significant role in socio-economic matters and household management. Many Khasi have taken up professions in civil services and in industries besides agriculture. Western Music and musical instruments are becoming popular among them.

A vast majority of the Khasis are Christians while there are some groups of Hindu and Muslim too among them. The Khasi Muslims came from the other states such as Bihar, Uttar Pradesh and Punjab. They came as traders to the Jaintia hills of Meghalaya and married Khasi women. Among the Muslims too the youngest daughter inherits the parental property. Boys are circumcised before the age of ten. The Muslim Khasi mainly depends on trade and white colour jobs.

Alternate names: Khasi Bhoi, Khynriam, Lyingam, War, Khmer


Prayer Points

* For the salvation of the Khasi people.
* For the Khasi Christians to reach out to the Khasi Muslims and Hindus in their region.
* For social equality in matters concerning the genders.


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

People Name General Khasi
People Name in Country Khasi
Population in India 1,333,000
World Population 1,419,000
Total Countries 2
Indigenous Yes
Unreached No
Progress Scale 3
GSEC 6  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Alternate Names Bhoi, Jaintia, Khasa, Khasia, Khuchia, Ky, Kyi, Lungngam, Pnar, Ri Lum, Synteng, ख़ासी
People ID 12654
ROP3 Code 104918
Affinity Bloc Southeast Asian Peoples
People Cluster Mon-Khmer
People Group Khasi
Ethnic Code AUG03a
Total Subgroups on file 4
Largest Subgroups
Bhoi
333,000
War
77,000
Lyngam
34,000
Khynriam
17,000
Affinity Bloc Southeast Asian Peoples
People Cluster Mon-Khmer
People Group Khasi
Ethnic Code AUG03a
Total Subgroups 4
  Bhoi 333,000
  War 77,000
  Lyngam 34,000
  Khynriam 17,000
Country India
Region South Asia
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 16
Largest States
(only 15 largest shown)
Meghalaya
1,285,000
Assam
41,000
West Bengal
1,100
Nagaland
1,000
Mizoram
1,000
Maharashtra
500
Tamil Nadu
400
Arunachal Pradesh
400
Andaman and Nicobar
400
Tripura
400
Delhi
300
Manipur
200
Kerala
40
Uttar Pradesh
40
Chandigarh
40
Specialized Website South Asia Peoples
Country India
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 11  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States 16
  Meghalaya 1,285,000
  Assam 41,000
  West Bengal 1,100
  Nagaland 1,000
  Mizoram 1,000
  Maharashtra 500
  Tamil Nadu 400
  Arunachal Pradesh 400
  Andaman and Nicobar 400
  Tripura 400
  Delhi 300
  Manipur 200
  Kerala 40
  Uttar Pradesh 40
  Chandigarh 40
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Khasi (1,233,000 speakers)
Language Code kha   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 39
Secondary Languages
(only 15 largest shown)
Pnar
250,000
War-Jaintia
16,000
Garo
5,600
Assamese
4,400
Karbi
1,900
Hindi
1,800
Bengali
900
English
800
Naga, Inpui: Naga, Kabui
800
Marathi
700
Tiwa
600
Nepali
500
Chin, Thado
400
Mizo
400
Boro
300
Other People Groups Speaking Khasi
Primary Language Khasi (1,233,000 speakers)
Language Code kha   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 39
Secondary Languages (only 15 largest shown)
  Pnar 250,000
  War-Jaintia 16,000
  Garo 5,600
  Assamese 4,400
  Karbi 1,900
  Hindi 1,800
  Bengali 900
  English 800
  Naga, Inpui: Naga, Kabui 800
  Marathi 700
  Tiwa 600
  Nepali 500
  Chin, Thado 400
  Mizo 400
  Boro 300
People Groups Speaking Khasi

Primary Language:  Khasi

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1816-1891)
Bible-New Testament Yes  (1831-1991)
Bible-Complete Yes  (1891-2016)
Bible-NT Text Online
Possible Print Bibles
Amazon National Bible Societies
Forum of Bible Agencies World Bible Finder
Gospel Go World Bibles
Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (GRN)
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video God's Story Video
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Khasi
Film / Video Story of Jesus for Children (JF Project)
General God's Simple Plan
Text / Printed Matter Bible: Khasi
Text / Printed Matter World Missionary Press Booklets
Primary Religion: Christianity
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
0.05 %
Christianity  (Evangelical Unknown)
80.38 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
1.60 %
Islam
0.28 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.02 %
Unknown
17.67 %
Photo Source Anonymous 
Map Source Omid / Joshua Project / Global Mapping Intl  
Profile Source India Missions Association - Edited by Philipose Vaidyar  Copyrighted ©   Used with permission  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more
* Religion Values From latest India census data.  Current values may differ.


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