Kachari Dimasa in India


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Introduction / History

The Kachari Dimasa are a tribal Indo-Mongolian people who live in northeast India. For a thousand years before the British colonial period, they maintained a small kingdom in the lands of the modern states of Assam and Nagaland. The Kachari Dimasa originally came from the southern foothills of the Himalaya Mountains. They left the mountains in search of of better farmland and to avoid warfare.

The name Kachari Dimasa means "children of the great river," the Brahmaputra River. They build their villages near rivers and large streams. The villages consist of from thirty to four hundred buildings made of bamboo and thatch. A tribal chief, a Khunang, has both executive and judicial powers.

The primary occupation of the Kachari Dimasa is farming. At the start of the planting season, they dedicate their rice paddies to their supreme god Madai who is associated with Vishnu or Shiva. They also make bamboo products for sale and raise various kinds of domestic animals.

The main language of the Kachari Dimasa is Deori, also called Dimasa. They also speak Hindi and other languages to communicate with other peoples.


Where Are they Located?

The vast majority of the Kachari Dimasa live in the northeast Indian state of Assam. Others live in Nagaland and other regions of India.


What Are Their Lives Like?

The lives of the Kachari Dimasa revolve around the wet and dry seasons of the Indian subcontinent. In addition to rice, cotton and mustard, they also grow vegetables and fruits for consumption and for sale. The eat meat except for beef.

Sons inherit land and real estate while the daughters inherit their mother's possessions and cooking utensils. Young people cannot marry within their clan or village. Families arrange marriages with the consent of the young persons. Young couples live with or near the groom's parents.

Dancing and instrumental music make up a big part of the Dimasa culture. Men, women, boys and girls all dance and sing at important life rituals and holidays.


What Are Their Beliefs?

The Kachari Dimasa practice their version of Hinduism. Like other Hindus, they believe in the reincarnation of the soul after death. They do not use Brahmin priests in their ceremonies. They have their own priests. Evil spirits are responsible for disease, calamities and suffering. They cremate their dead near a river.

The Kachari Dimasa celebrate festivals different from mainstream Hinduism.

Their main holiday is Bushu, celebrated at the completion of the harvest in late January for a period of ten to twelve days. The participants eat large communal feasts and drink rice beer. Athletic games and parades occur during the days while dancing, singing and music occur at night. People wear traditional clothing and ornaments.


What Are Their Needs?

The Kachari Dimasa need to hear the life-changing gospel of Jesus Christ in a way they can understand. They need a Bible in their language because one does not exist. They must see that Biblical Christianity is vastly superior to the traditional religion. They must see themselves as sinners in need of a Savior.


Prayer Points

* Pray that the few Dimasa who are Christians receive training and share the gospel with their brothers and sisters
* Pray a Bible is translated into the Dimasa language.
* Pray that Lord would move Indian Christians to live among the Dimasa and show them the love and mercy of Christ.
* Pray that God raises up a disciple-making movement among the Kachari Dimasa people.


References

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dimasa_people
indianetzone.com/10/dimasa(_tribe_assam).htm
tourmyindia.com/states/nagaland/bushu-festival.html


Profile Source:   David Kugel  

People Name General Kachari Dimasa
People Name in Country Kachari Dimasa
Population in India 146,000
World Population 158,000
Total Countries 2
Indigenous Yes
Unreached Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 2
Progress Scale 1
GSEC 1  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Alternate Names Bodo Kacari, Boro, Dimasa, कचारी, दिमासा
People ID 17130
ROP3 Code 112479
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 9
Largest States
Assam
123,000
Nagaland
13,000
Meghalaya
4,300
West Bengal
3,600
Arunachal Pradesh
1,200
Tripura
100
Mizoram
100
Delhi
70
Manipur
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 9
  Assam 123,000
  Nagaland 13,000
  Meghalaya 4,300
  West Bengal 3,600
  Arunachal Pradesh 1,200
  Tripura 100
  Mizoram 100
  Delhi 70
  Manipur 40
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Deori
Language Code der   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 31
Secondary Languages
(only 15 largest shown)
Naga, Yimchungru: Tikhir Karbi Mizo
Naga, Khiamniungan: Khianngan Naga Khasi Ho
Hmar Hindi Garo
English Dimasa Boro
Bengali Assamese Amri Karbi
Other People Groups Speaking Deori
Primary Language Deori
Language Code der   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 31
Secondary Languages (only 15 largest shown)
  Naga, Yimchungru: Tikhir
  Karbi
  Mizo
  Naga, Khiamniungan: Khianngan Naga
  Khasi
  Ho
  Hmar
  Hindi
  Garo
  English
  Dimasa
  Boro
  Bengali
  Assamese
  Amri Karbi
People Groups Speaking Deori

Primary Language:  Deori

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions No
Bible-New Testament No
Bible-Complete No
Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (GRN)
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
0.12 %
Christianity  (Evangelical Unknown)
2.71 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
96.86 %
Islam
0.16 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.02 %
Unknown
0.13 %
Photo Source Anonymous 
Map Source Omid / Joshua Project / Global Mapping Intl  
Profile Source David Kugel  
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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