Tiwa in India

The Tiwa have only been reported in India
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Introduction / History

Tiwa means people who were lifted from below. The Tiwa people are also called Lalung and they live in Assam and Megalahaya states in northeastern India. They are a tribal people who look more East Asian than South Asian. There are Hill Tiwas and Plains Tiwas. The Hill Tiwas live in the Karbi Anglong District of Assam and in Megalahaya. They speak a Tibeto Burman language. The Plains Tiwas are in the southern bank of the Brahmaputra Valley. They speak Assamese.


What Are Their Lives Like?

They have a chief who looks after their interests. There are strong Christian believers in their part of India who can reach them with the blessings of Jesus Christ.


What Are Their Beliefs?

Many follow their traditional religion of worshipping local gods. They have a religion of their own that is mixed with Hinduism. This people group has lots of festivals, including Christmas!


What Are Their Needs?

There are some Christians among the Tiwa people who can disciple others.


Prayer Points

Pray that believers in northeastern India will help the Tiwa people begin their own disciple making movement.
Pray for spiritual discernment and hunger that will lead them to Jesus Christ.
Pray that their leaders will see that only Jesus Christ provides life to the full.


Scripture Prayers for the Tiwa in India.


Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

People Name General Tiwa
People Name in Country Tiwa
Alternate Names Lalung; तिवा
Population this Country 290,000
Population all Countries 290,000
Total Countries 1
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group No
GSEC 1  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Pioneer Workers Needed 6
People ID 17357
ROP3 Code 112743
ROP25 Code 304562
ROP25 Name Lalung (Tiwa)
Country India
Region Asia, South
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 4
Largest States
Assam
238,000
Meghalaya
47,000
Arunachal Pradesh
2,300
Manipur
10
Districts Interactive map, listing and data download
Specialized Website South Asia Peoples
Country India
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 11  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States 4
  Assam 238,000
  Meghalaya 47,000
  Arunachal Pradesh 2,300
  Manipur 10
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
0.08 %
Christianity  (Evangelical Unknown)
1.80 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
97.87 %
Islam
0.18 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.01 %
Unknown
0.07 %
* From latest India census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.
Primary Language Assamese (206,000 speakers)
Language Code asm   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 34
Secondary Languages
(only 15 largest shown)
Tiwa
35,000
Karbi
300
Boro (India)
300
Bengali
100
Nepali
50
Hindi
40
Tamang, Eastern
40
Bhili
30
Sadri
20
Khasi
20
Arabic, Mesopotamian
20
Mising
20
Odia Bhojpuri Garo
Primary Language Assamese (206,000 speakers)
Language Code asm   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 34
Secondary Languages (only 15 largest shown)
  Tiwa 35,000
  Karbi 300
  Boro (India) 300
  Bengali 100
  Nepali 50
  Hindi 40
  Tamang, Eastern 40
  Bhili 30
  Sadri 20
  Khasi 20
  Arabic, Mesopotamian 20
  Mising 20
  Odia 10
  Bhojpuri 10
  Garo 10
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  (1833-2022)
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Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio Jesus Film Project
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Film / Video God's Story video God's Story
Film / Video Indigitube.tv Video / Animation Create International
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Assamese Jesus Film Project
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Text / Printed Matter Christ for the Nations General / Other
Text / Printed Matter Jesus Messiah comic book General / Other
Text / Printed Matter Literacy primer for Assamese Literacy & Evangelism International
Photo Source Diganta Talukdar - Wikimedia  Creative Commons 
Map Source People Group data: Omid. Map geography: UNESCO / GMI. Map Design: Joshua Project.  
Profile Source Joshua Project 
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