Rongmei in India

The Rongmei have only been reported in India
Population
Main Language
Largest Religion
Christian
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Introduction / History

Rongmei, like other Nagas were head hunters. When a young man turns 17 or 18, he is considered a warrior. In order to prove his worth as a warrior, he has to collect the head of an enemy from another village. One village is one kingdom for Nagas even if they are from the same community. It was prohibited to take the head from someone from the same village. They are believed to have come from Mongolia through China and then into South Asia. For this reason they have Mongoloid features.


Where Are they Located?

They are spread out in 3 states of India: Assam, Nagaland and Manipur.


What Are Their Lives Like?

They mostly live in villages in small pockets. Most live in the hills. Their houses are mostly made with a thatch roof and wooden pole. Rice is the main staple diet for them. They hunt for and gather other food sources. Since the forest receives heavy rainfall, edible leaves of all kinds are abundant. These wild vegetables are healthy and organic, so they stay healthy.


What Are Their Beliefs?

Their religion is unknown, but they believe that God is a spirit. They do not worship idols. For them, God lives in heaven and we are to sacrifice blood for remission of sin. But in many villages, after the freedom movement from the British government they embraced the "Babuan" religion. This religion was started by the Rongmei freedom fighters Rani Gaidinliu and Heipou Jadonang. The Rongmei living in Assam state and Manipur state still practice this religion. They have a small hill in the Cachar district of the state of Assam, where they go to sacrifice to their deity. This mountain name is called "Babuan Ching" which means "Babuan Mountain."


What Are Their Needs?

This people needs to know more about the teaching of Jesus. They think that Christianity is a western religion and therefore they should not follow it. There is a need for more missionaries who would spend time teaching, living with them and testifying of the living God. Miracles and healings can be key in showing God's power. Providing for physical needs is also necessary since there is much lack.


Profile Source:   Dee-Zane Pamei  

People Name General Rongmei
People Name in Country Rongmei
Population in India 60,000
World Population 60,000
Total Countries 1
Indigenous Yes
Unreached No
Progress Scale 3
GSEC 6  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Alternate Names Kabui, Kabul, Puimei, रॉंगमेई
People ID 17033
ROP3 Code 112369
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 8
Largest States
Manipur
57,000
Nagaland
2,000
Assam
900
Delhi
200
Meghalaya
100
Tripura
50
Arunachal Pradesh
30
Chandigarh
20
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 8
  Manipur 57,000
  Nagaland 2,000
  Assam 900
  Delhi 200
  Meghalaya 100
  Tripura 50
  Arunachal Pradesh 30
  Chandigarh 20
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Naga, Inpui (87,000 speakers)
Language Code nkf   Ethnologue Listing
Primary Dialect Naga, Kabui
Dialect Code 14523   Global Recordings Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 20
Secondary Languages
(only 15 largest shown)
Naga, Rongmei
8,800
Naga, Liangmai
800
Naga, Zeme
700
Hindi
600
Chin, Thado
200
Meitei
200
Gangte
200
Vaiphei
100
Hmar
50
English
40
Khasi
40
Naga, Tangkhul
30
Chin, Paite
20
Naga, Mao
20
Kuvi
10
Other People Groups Speaking Naga, Inpui
Primary Language Naga, Inpui (87,000 speakers)
Language Code nkf   Ethnologue Listing
Primary Dialect Naga, Kabui
Dialect Code 14523   Global Recordings Listing
Total Languages 20
Secondary Languages (only 15 largest shown)
  Naga, Rongmei 8,800
  Naga, Liangmai 800
  Naga, Zeme 700
  Hindi 600
  Chin, Thado 200
  Meitei 200
  Gangte 200
  Vaiphei 100
  Hmar 50
  English 40
  Khasi 40
  Naga, Tangkhul 30
  Chin, Paite 20
  Naga, Mao 20
  Kuvi 10
People Groups Speaking Naga, Inpui

Primary Language:  Naga, Inpui

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (2000)
Bible-New Testament Yes  (2011)
Bible-Complete No
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Resource Type Resource Name
None reported  
Primary Religion: Christianity
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
0.47 %
Christianity  (Evangelical Unknown)
86.06 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
1.76 %
Islam
0.39 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.06 %
Unknown
11.27 %
Photo Source Dee-Zane Pamei 
Map Source Omid / Joshua Project / Global Mapping Intl  
Profile Source Dee-Zane Pamei  
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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