Nicobarese in India

The Nicobarese have only been reported in India
Population
30,000
Main Language
Largest Religion
Christian
Evangelical
Progress
Progress Gauge

Introduction / History

It is festival time in the Andamans. One can see colourful decorations on the poles, on the palm trees and practically everywhere. The islanders gather outside on the sands under the bright full moon that shines through the palm branches. The dancers, dressed in their traditional costumes made of coconut leaves, get ready to dance to the music of the leader, with the accompaniment of a guitar. They move gracefully to the rhythm of the traditional songs, which the leader sings in a monotonous, intense tone. The dancers step left and right according to the leader's direction. They jump in unison and come down on both heels.

This goes on throughout the night, followed by a grand feast, which is the popular Ossuary Feast of the Nicobarese, more commonly known as the Pig Festival. This dance is an expression of one's dedication to the departed head of the family. Nicobarese are the natives of the Andaman & Nicobar Islands, a union territory of India. The smaller Nicobars comprise some 22 main islands (12 inhabited). Most of the Indian languages are spoken in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands, because of their cosmopolitan nature. In addition to these, Karen, a language with Burmese script, and tribal scripts and dialects like Onge, Jarawa, Sentinelese and Andamanese, are used by the people.

Around 70% of Nicobare are members of a tribal community. Nicobari and Shompen are the major ones, with Onge, Jarawa and Sentinelese being very few in number. Most of the Nicobarese are Christians, but they do not have any Scripture in their language. There are no gospel tools or radio broadcasts, except for a few gospel recordings. Apart from the major tribes, the others still maintain their own distinct religious and cultural identity. Since the Tsunami, many mission agencies have had the chance to work in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands. However, most of them are focused on the welfare of the community, with just a few sharing the Good News with the natives of the islands.


Profile Source:   Anonymous  

People Name General Nicobarese
People Name in Country Nicobarese
Population in India 30,000
World Population 30,000
Total Countries 1
Indigenous Yes
Unreached No
Progress Scale 3
GSEC 6  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Alternate Names Car Nicobarese, Central Nicobarese, Kar Nicobarese, निकोबरेसए
People ID 17780
ROP3 Code 113244
Affinity Bloc Southeast Asian Peoples
People Cluster Mon-Khmer
People Group Nicobarese
Ethnic Code AUG03d
Total Subgroups on file 2
Largest Subgroups
Nicobarese Central
6,500
Nicobarese Southern
1,600
Affinity Bloc Southeast Asian Peoples
People Cluster Mon-Khmer
People Group Nicobarese
Ethnic Code AUG03d
Total Subgroups 2
  Nicobarese Central 6,500
  Nicobarese Southern 1,600
Country India
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 11  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Specialized Website South Asia Peoples
Country India
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 11  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States 1
  Andaman and Nicobar 30,000
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Nicobarese, Car (20,000 speakers)
Language Code caq   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 7
Secondary Languages
Nicobarese, Central
7,700
Nicobarese, Southern
2,200
Hindi
100
English
40
Tamil
20
Telugu
10
Other People Groups Speaking Nicobarese, Car
Primary Language Nicobarese, Car (20,000 speakers)
Language Code caq   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 7
Secondary Languages
  Nicobarese, Central 7,700
  Nicobarese, Southern 2,200
  Hindi 100
  English 40
  Tamil 20
  Telugu 10
People Groups Speaking Nicobarese, Car

Primary Language:  Nicobarese, Car

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1913-1954)
Bible-New Testament Yes  (1940)
Bible-Complete Yes  (1969)
Bible-NT Text Online
Possible Print Bibles
Amazon National Bible Societies
Forum of Bible Agencies World Bible Finder
Gospel Go World Bibles
Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (GRN)
Text / Printed Matter Bible: Car Nicobarese Bible
Primary Religion: Christianity
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
0.03 %
Christianity  (Evangelical Unknown)
95.13 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
0.31 %
Islam
4.24 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.01 %
Unknown
0.30 %
Map Source Omid / Joshua Project / Global Mapping Intl  
Profile Source Anonymous  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more
* Religion Values From latest India census data.  Current values may differ.




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