Meitei in India


Population
Main Language
Largest Religion
Christian
Evangelical
Progress
Progress Gauge

Subgroups: 8

Subgroup Name Population
Brahmin 131,000
Angom 2,500
Chengbi 2,500
Khaba 2,500
Khummal 2,500
Luang 2,500
Moirang 2,500
Ningthavija 2,500

Introduction / History

The Meitei live in the northeastern corner of Bangladesh—mostly in the Moulvibazar district of Sylhet division. The vast majority of their people live in Manipur State in India where Meitei is the official state language. 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.

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.


Profile Source:   Anonymous  

Prayer / Resource Links:
Global Prayer Digest: 2008-08-28
Global Prayer Digest: 2013-11-25
People Name General Meitei
People Name in Country Meitei
Population in India 1,439,000
World Population 1,470,000
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
Affinity Bloc Tibetan-Himalayan Peoples
People Cluster Kuki-Chin-Naga
People Group Meitei
Ethnic Code MSY50o
Total Subgroups 8
  Brahmin 131,000
  Angom 2,500
  Chengbi 2,500
  Khaba 2,500
  Khummal 2,500
  Luang 2,500
  Moirang 2,500
  Ningthavija 2,500
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 21
Largest States
(only 15 largest shown)
Manipur
1,194,000
Assam
168,000
Tripura
50,000
Nagaland
19,000
Meghalaya
3,500
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 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 21  (only 20 largest shown)
  Manipur 1,194,000
  Assam 168,000
  Tripura 50,000
  Nagaland 19,000
  Meghalaya 3,500
  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 (1,410,000 speakers)
Language Code mni   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 6
Secondary Languages
Bengali
20,000
Hindi
1,800
Assamese
1,400
Kok Borok
500
English
Other People Groups Speaking Meitei
Primary Language Meitei (1,410,000 speakers)
Language Code mni   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 6
Secondary Languages
  Bengali 20,000
  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  (1984-2016)
Possible Print Bibles
Amazon
Forum Bible Agencies
National Bible Societies
World Bible Finder
World Bibles
Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (GRN)
Audio Recordings Online Scripture / Portions
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video God's Story Video
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Meitei
Film / Video Magdalena (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video Story of Jesus for Children (JF Project)
General Got Questions Ministry
Text / Printed Matter Father's Love Letter
Text / Printed Matter OneHope resources for children and youth
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
83.22 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.05 %
Unknown
15.56 %
Photo Source Copyrighted © 2018  Isudas  All rights reserved.  Used with permission
Map Source People Group Location: Omid. Other geography / data: GMI. Map Design: Joshua Project  
Profile Source Anonymous  
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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