Naga unspecified in India


Population
40,000
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

* 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 unspecified
People Name in Country Naga unspecified
Population in India 40,000
World Population 40,200
Total Countries 2
Indigenous Yes
Unreached No
Progress Scale 3
Alternate Names Pochury, नगा, अनस्पेसिफाइड
People ID 17738
ROP3 Code 113196
Country India
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 15  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States on file 15
Largest States
Assam
(24,000)
Arunachal Pradesh
(5,600)
Nagaland
(3,700)
West Bengal
(2,800)
Meghalaya
(2,700)
Maharashtra
(300)
Mizoram
(300)
Tripura
(200)
Kerala
(200)
Karnataka
(60)
Delhi
(60)
Madhya Pradesh
(50)
Chhattisgarh
(50)
Rajasthan
(40)
Tamil Nadu
(30)
Specialized Website South Asia Peoples
Country India
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 15  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States 15
  Assam (24,000)
  Arunachal Pradesh (5,600)
  Nagaland (3,700)
  West Bengal (2,800)
  Meghalaya (2,700)
  Maharashtra (300)
  Mizoram (300)
  Tripura (200)
  Kerala (200)
  Karnataka (60)
  Delhi (60)
  Madhya Pradesh (50)
  Chhattisgarh (50)
  Rajasthan (40)
  Tamil Nadu (30)
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Naga Pidgin (4,900 speakers)
Language Code nag   Ethnologue Listing
Primary Dialect Nagamese
Dialect Code 4154   Global Recordings Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 52
Secondary Languages
(only 15 largest shown)
Naga, Southern Rengma
(1,400)
Naga, Zeme
(1,000)
Naga, Sumi
(700)
Naga, Ao
(700)
Garo
(500)
English
(500)
Naga, Angami
(500)
Naga, Inpui: Naga, Kabui
(400)
Mizo
(300)
Naga, Mao
(300)
Naga, Tangkhul
(300)
Karbi
(300)
Assamese
(200)
Naga, Lotha
(200)
Naga, Chokri
(200)
People Groups Speaking Naga Pidgin
Primary Language Naga Pidgin (4,900 speakers)
Language Code nag   Ethnologue Listing
Primary Dialect Nagamese
Dialect Code 4154   Global Recordings Listing
Total Languages 52
Secondary Languages (only 15 largest shown)
  Naga, Southern Rengma (1,400)
  Naga, Zeme (1,000)
  Naga, Sumi (700)
  Naga, Ao (700)
  Garo (500)
  English (500)
  Naga, Angami (500)
  Naga, Inpui: Naga, Kabui (400)
  Mizo (300)
  Naga, Mao (300)
  Naga, Tangkhul (300)
  Karbi (300)
  Assamese (200)
  Naga, Lotha (200)
  Naga, Chokri (200)
People Groups Speaking Naga Pidgin

Primary Language:  Naga Pidgin

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions No
Bible-New Testament No
Bible-Complete No
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
Primary Religion: Christianity
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
2.06 %
Christianity  (Evangelical Unknown)
65.49 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
26.89 %
Islam
0.77 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.14 %
Unknown
4.66 %
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 India census data.  Current values may differ.


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