Naga in India


Population
Main Language
Largest Religion
Christian
Evangelical
Progress
Progress Gauge

Introduction / History

The Naga people come from Nagaland, a state in the extreme North East of India. It is believed that these hill-tribes of an Indo-Mongoloid stock have migrated from other countries of South-east Asia. There are 16 major tribes such as Angami, Ao, Chakhesang, Chang, Khemungan, Konyak, Lotha, Phom, Pochury, Rengma, Sangtam, Sema, Yimchunger and Zeliang.

Each tribe has their own language and cultural features. They communicate in Nagamese which is a mixture of Assamese, Bengali, and Hindi. Hindi also is used in Nagaland. English is the state language in Nagaland. They use the Roman script, which was introduced by American missionaries. The organization of each village community differs from tribe to tribe. Most of the tribes have a democratic structure called village councils but the Konyak tribe has a village chief called 'Ahngs'.

Weaving is a traditional art handed down through generations in Nagaland. Each of the major tribes has its own unique design and choice of colours. Warm and colourful Naga shawls, hand-woven shoulder bags, decorative spears, tablemats, wood carvings and bamboo works make magnificent souvenirs. Tattooing was common in Naga culture but now this practice is slowly decreasing. Agriculture is their main occupation and rice is their staple food. The Naga tribes are exogamous in matters concerning marriage. Marriage between the same clan is strictly prohibited.

The Naga villages are located atop hills and every village has a 'Morung' or a meeting house where weapons and prizes of war are stored. Tribal dances belonging to distinctive tribes form the major art form in Nagaland. Each tribe celebrates their own festival such as Sekrenyi, Moatsu, Tuluni, Aoling and Tokhu Emong.

The early Naga were worshippers of nature gods but the advent of Christianity in the late 19th century brought a total transformation among the people. The spread of Christianity, the growth of education and the development programs have rapidly changed the Naga culture. There are political problems between the state government and the National Socialist Council of Nagaland (NSCN) or the Naga under ground soldiers.


Prayer Points

* Scripture Prayers for the Naga in India.

* For the salvation of the Naga people.
* For the peace of Nagaland, for reconciliation between the factions and ease in political tensions.


Profile Source:   India Missions Association - Edited by Philipose Vaidyar  Copyrighted ©   Used with permission  

People Name General Naga
People Name in Country Naga
World Population 19,000
Total Countries 2
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 3
Unreached No
Frontier People Group No
Pioneer Workers Needed
Alternate Names Pochury; नगा, अनस्पेसिफाइड
People ID 17738
ROP3 Code 113196
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 on file 16
Largest States
(only 15 largest shown)
Arunachal Pradesh
5,900
Nagaland
4,300
Assam
3,400
West Bengal
2,800
Meghalaya
1,200
Mizoram
700
Maharashtra
400
Tripura
200
Delhi
90
Madhya Pradesh
60
Karnataka
60
Chhattisgarh
50
Rajasthan
40
Kerala
30
Tamil Nadu
30
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 16
  Arunachal Pradesh 5,900
  Nagaland 4,300
  Assam 3,400
  West Bengal 2,800
  Meghalaya 1,200
  Mizoram 700
  Maharashtra 400
  Tripura 200
  Delhi 90
  Madhya Pradesh 60
  Karnataka 60
  Chhattisgarh 50
  Rajasthan 40
  Kerala 30
  Tamil Nadu 30
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Naga Pidgin (4,100 speakers)
Language Code nag   Ethnologue Listing
Primary Dialect Nagamese
Dialect Code 4154   Global Recordings Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 50
Secondary Languages
(only 15 largest shown)
Naga, Southern Rengma
1,400
Naga, Sumi
900
Naga, Zeme
800
Naga, Ao
800
Mizo
700
English
500
Naga, Lotha
500
Naga, Angami
400
Naga, Inpui: Naga, Kabui
400
Naga, Mao
300
Karbi
300
Naga, Chokri
300
Assamese
200
Naga, Tangkhul
200
Naga, Yimchungru
200
Primary Language Naga Pidgin (4,100 speakers)
Language Code nag   Ethnologue Listing
Primary Dialect Nagamese
Dialect Code 4154   Global Recordings Listing
Total Languages 50
Secondary Languages (only 15 largest shown)
  Naga, Southern Rengma 1,400
  Naga, Sumi 900
  Naga, Zeme 800
  Naga, Ao 800
  Mizo 700
  English 500
  Naga, Lotha 500
  Naga, Angami 400
  Naga, Inpui: Naga, Kabui 400
  Naga, Mao 300
  Karbi 300
  Naga, Chokri 300
  Assamese 200
  Naga, Tangkhul 200
  Naga, Yimchungru 200
People Groups Speaking Naga Pidgin

Primary Language:  Naga Pidgin

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes
Bible-New Testament Yes  (2018)
Bible-Complete No
Possible Print Bibles
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Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (GRN)
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Naga Pidgin
Text / Printed Matter Jesus Messiah comic book
Primary Religion: Christianity
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
0.66 %
Christianity  (Evangelical Unknown)
77.29 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
5.10 %
Islam
1.04 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.08 %
Unknown
15.83 %
Photo Source Anonymous 
Map Source Joshua Project / Global Mapping International  
Profile Source India Missions Association - Edited by Philipose Vaidyar  Copyrighted ©   Used with permission  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more
* Religion Values From latest India census data.  Current values may differ.