Kachari Sonwal in Bhutan

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Introduction / History

Kachari is a generic term for a number of ethnic groups that live in the northeastern states of Assam and Nagaland, India. They are also called Dimasa. Dimasa means 'children of the big river' referring to the Brahmaputra River. Most likely they reached the Brahmaputra Valley via Tibet and settled in the foothills of the eastern Himalayas.

Where Are they Located?

Most live in the North Cachar Hills of Assam, India. Others live in the Indian state of Nagaland. Some have made the short migration to nearby Bhutan.

What Are Their Lives Like?

They are well off financially. Some do cane and bamboo crafts or make textiles. Cultivation is their main work.

Music and dance are important to the Kachari Dimasa. They celebrate many festivals. They cremate their dead by the side of a river or stream. They build their houses on hill slopes near a river. The Kachari Dimasa speak Dimasa, and some speak Assamese as well.

What Are Their Beliefs?

The Kachari are a religious people who blend Hinduism with their traditional religion. They worship a number of deities including Siva Deo, Rajo, Naikhu, and their supreme god, Shibrai.

What Are Their Needs?

People who are financially well off usually need to understand that they have spiritual needs that can only be met by Jesus Christ.

Prayer Points

* Scripture Prayers for the Kachari Sonwal in Bhutan.

* Pray for spiritual hunger among the Kachari people in India and Bhutan.
* Pray for believers to go to them as ambassadors for the king of kings.
* Pray that soon there will be a disciple making movement among this people group that will spread to all their communities.



Profile Source:   Keith Carey  

People Name General Kachari Sonwal
People Name in Country Kachari Sonwal
World Population 279,000
Total Countries 2
Indigenous No
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
Alternate Names Bodo Kacari; Boro; Sadial; Sonowal; Sonwal; कचारी
People ID 17296
ROP3 Code 112674
Country Bhutan
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 45  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States on file 2
Largest States
Specialized Website South Asia Peoples
Country Bhutan
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 45  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States 2
  Eastern 1,000
  Southern 60
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Assamese
Language Code asm   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 2
Secondary Languages
Primary Language Assamese
Language Code asm   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 2
Secondary Languages
People Groups Speaking Assamese

Primary Language:  Assamese

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1822-1974)
Bible-New Testament Yes  (1819-1993)
Bible-Complete Yes  (1833-1995)
Bible-NT Audio Online
Bible-NT Text Online
Possible Print Bibles
Forum Bible Agencies
National Bible Societies
World Bible Finder
World Bibles
Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (GRN)
Audio Recordings Christassam recordings
Audio Recordings Online Scripture (Talking Bibles)
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video Following Jesus (India, JF Project)
Film / Video God's Story Video
Film / Video Indigitube.tv Video / Animation
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Assamese
Film / Video Magdalena (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video Story of Jesus for Children (JF Project)
Film / Video The Path of Light
General Four Spiritual Laws
General God's Simple Plan
General Got Questions Ministry
Mobile App Download Bible from Google Play Store
Text / Printed Matter Bible: অসমীয়া - Assamese
Text / Printed Matter Christ for the Nations
Text / Printed Matter Jesus Messiah comic book
Text / Printed Matter OneHope resources for children and youth
Text / Printed Matter Online New Testament (Bibles India)
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religion Percent *
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
66.67 %
0.00 %
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
33.33 %
Map Source People Group Location: Omid. Other geography / data: GMI. Map Design: Joshua Project  
Profile Source Keith Carey  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more
* Religion Values From latest Bhutan census data.  Current values may differ.