Meitei in India


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

Introduction / History

A unique feature of the Meitei is that their community is made of one language, but two religions. A majority of them are Hindus and have Mongoloid features, while a minority of them are Muslims and have Bengali features. In spite of this, there exists good harmony between them and they are proud of the common heritage of their mother tongue. Though there are Meitei people in neighboring Myanmar and Bangladesh, those in India have their own state:Manipur. Meitei is the official state language. Others live in Assam, another state in northeastern India.


What Are Their Lives Like?

Most Meiteis still earn a living by farming, though the younger generation would like to use their education to enter more modern fields. The Meitei are very resistant to change, particularly in the area of religion. Outsiders trying to spread the gospel are not well received, and individuals may resist the gospel for fear that they will lose their place in the Meitei society if they become Christians. Much work needs to be done to make them aware of their need for Christ.


What Are Their Beliefs?

Hinduism is their religion, though there are many Muslims among them, especially in Bangladesh.


What Are Their Needs?

The Meitei people need the chance to allow Jesus Christ to bless them far above what they can ever imagine!


Prayer Points

* Scripture Prayers for the Meitei in India.

* Pray that the the council leaders will come to Jesus Christ and lead their community into a Christ-ward direction. * Pray that gospel materials and the internet will become easily available to them. * Pray for intercessors and workers. * Pray for a spiritual hunger that will lead them to the cross.


Profile Source:   Keith Carey  

Additional Info
Global Prayer Digest: 2008-08-28
Global Prayer Digest: 2013-11-25
People Name General Meitei
People Name in Country Meitei
Population this Country 1,442,000
Population all Countries 1,474,000
Total Countries 3
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group No
GSEC 2  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Pioneer Workers Needed 29
Alternate Names Maitei; Meetei; Megli; Mitei; Pangal; Ponna; मएइतेई
People ID 13513
ROP3 Code 106268
Country India
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 10  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States on file 21
Largest States
(only 15 largest shown)
Manipur
1,196,000
Assam
171,000
Tripura
46,000
Nagaland
20,000
Meghalaya
3,600
Arunachal Pradesh
1,500
Mizoram
900
Delhi
500
Maharashtra
500
West Bengal
400
Chandigarh
300
Uttar Pradesh
300
Tamil Nadu
100
Madhya Pradesh
90
Andhra Pradesh
90
Specialized Website South Asia Peoples
Country India
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 10  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States 21  (only 20 largest shown)
  Manipur 1,196,000
  Assam 171,000
  Tripura 46,000
  Nagaland 20,000
  Meghalaya 3,600
  Arunachal Pradesh 1,500
  Mizoram 900
  Delhi 500
  Maharashtra 500
  West Bengal 400
  Chandigarh 300
  Uttar Pradesh 300
  Tamil Nadu 100
  Madhya Pradesh 90
  Andhra Pradesh 90
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Meitei (1,416,000 speakers)
Language Code mni   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 6
Secondary Languages
Bengali
17,000
Hindi
1,800
Assamese
1,400
Kok Borok
500
English
Primary Language Meitei (1,416,000 speakers)
Language Code mni   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 6
Secondary Languages
  Bengali 17,000
  Hindi 1,800
  Assamese 1,400
  Kok Borok 500
  English 10
People Groups Speaking Meitei

Primary Language:  Meitei

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1820-1995)
Bible-New Testament Yes  (1827-1996)
Bible-Complete Yes  (1984-2019)
Bible-NT Audio Online
Possible Print Bibles
Amazon
World Bibles
Forum Bible Agencies
National Bible Societies
World Bible Finder
Virtual Storehouse
Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (GRN)
Audio Recordings Online New Testament (FCBH)
Audio Recordings Online New Testament (FCBH)
Audio Recordings Online Scripture / Portions
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video God's Story Video
Film / Video Jesus Film
Film / Video Magdalena (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video Story of Jesus for Children (JF Project)
General Gospel website in this language
General Gospel website in this language
General Got Questions Ministry
Text / Printed Matter Father's Love Letter
Text / Printed Matter Jesus Messiah comic book
Text / Printed Matter OneHope resources for children and youth
Text / Printed Matter Online Bible text (Scripture Earth)
Text / Printed Matter World Missionary Press Booklets
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
0.10 %
Christianity  (Evangelical Unknown)
1.07 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
83.23 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.05 %
Unknown
15.55 %
* From latest India census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.
Photo Source (Representative photo)
Copyrighted © 2021  Isudas  All rights reserved.  Used with permission
Map Source People Group data: Omid. Map geography: UNESCO / GMI. Map Design: Joshua Project.  
Profile Source Keith Carey  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more


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