Monpa in India


Population
Main Language
Largest Religion
Christian
Evangelical
Progress
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Introduction / History

Monpa people are Mongaloid in descent. Monpa means, "blessed by a horse."


Where Are they Located?

Monpa people live in the regions of Tawang and West Kameng in Arunachal Pradesh in India.


What Are Their Lives Like?

Monpa people are known as friendly and hard working. They work in agriculture, trading, and breeding of yaks and cattle. They are cultivators of potatoes. The foundation seeds are brought from Himachal Pradesh and are grown by Monpa people to give certified seeds. They are sold to farmers in other regions of Arunachal Pradesh.
Other crops are barley, rice, maize and wheat. Tawang is suitable for growing oranges, apples and nuts.

Monpa people live in two story houses made of stone and with planks for floors. They are artistic people who make carpets, utensils from bamboo, and wooden items. They have made a name for themselves with their paintings and paper making.

Marriage usually involves one spouse, although more are allowed. Cross-cousin marriage is the most common practice. Divorce, and remarriage of widows is allowed.

Monpa celebrate festivals. Their language is Tibeto-Burman, but different from that of East Tibet.


What Are Their Beliefs?

Monpa are Buddhists. The Tawang monastery is the spiritual mainstay of their lives which includes spirit worship and animal sacrifices. The god Buddha has much influence over their lives.


What Are Their Needs?

No written, audio, or visual Bible resources are known to exist in the Tibeto-Burman language which Monpa people speak.

The most important need is for Monpa people to understand that their good works and worship of Buddha will never pay the penalty for their sins, and that Almighty Creator God has made a provision for them.


Prayer Points

* Scripture Prayers for the Monpa in India.

* Pray that Monpa people will see that their old systems of ethics and religion are not working, and that their only hope is in Jesus Christ.
* Pray that intercessors worldwide will regularly pray for salvation of Monpa people.
* Pray that churches will be planted and disciples will flourish who will reach their own people with truth of the gospel.


References

www.indiantravelportal.com/arunachal-pradesh/tribes/monpas.html
http://www.indianetzone.com/8/monpa_tribe.htm
http://www.wycliffe.net/en/SearchResults/tabid/88/language/en-US/Default.aspx?q=Tibeto+Burman+language


Profile Source:   Karen Hightower  

People Name General Monpa
People Name in Country Monpa
World Population 144,000
Total Countries 2
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group No
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
Alternate Names Memba, Menpa, Monba, मोनपा
People ID 17648
ROP3 Code 113086
Country India
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 10  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Specialized Website South Asia Peoples
Country India
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 10  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States 1
  Arunachal Pradesh 40,000
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Monpa, Tawang (40,000 speakers)
Language Code twm   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Unknown
Total Languages 22
Secondary Languages
(only 15 largest shown)
Hindi
400
Nepali
30
Tibetan, Central
30
Santhali
30
Adi
20
Nyishi
Sikkimese Mising Digaro-Mishmi
Malayalam Assamese Mundari
Kharia Bengali Naga, Mao
Primary Language Monpa, Tawang (40,000 speakers)
Language Code twm   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 22
Secondary Languages (only 15 largest shown)
  Hindi 400
  Nepali 30
  Tibetan, Central 30
  Santhali 30
  Adi 20
  Nyishi 10
  Sikkimese 10
  Mising 10
  Digaro-Mishmi 0
  Malayalam 0
  Assamese 0
  Mundari 0
  Kharia 0
  Bengali 0
  Naga, Mao 0
People Groups Speaking Monpa, Tawang

Primary Language:  Monpa, Tawang

Bible Translation Status:  Translation Started

Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (GRN)
Audio Recordings Oral Bible stories in Monpa, Tawang
Primary Religion: Buddhism
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
97.62 %
Christianity  (Evangelical Unknown)
0.94 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
0.72 %
Islam
0.16 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.20 %
Unknown
0.35 %
Photo Source Mukesh Jain  Creative Commons 
Map Source People Group Location: Omid. Other geography / data: GMI. Map Design: Joshua Project  
Profile Source Karen Hightower  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more
* Religion Values From latest India census data.  Current values may differ.