Thadou in India

The Thadou have only been reported in India
Population
Main Language
Largest Religion
Christian
Evangelical
Progress
Progress Gauge

Subgroups: 1

Subgroup Name Population
Teizang 3,800

Introduction / History

The Thadou are hills people located chiefly in the hill country adjacent to the Imphal Valley in the northeastern Indian state of Manipur. This area encompasses some 26,000 square kilometers. The Thadou share many cultural affinities with the Koms, Aimols, Khotlhangs, Lusheis, Chins, Pois, Suktes, Paites, and Gangtes. In 1983 there were 125,100 Thadou living in India and 26,200 living in Myanmar (Burma). The Thadou language belongs to the Tibeto-Burman family of the Sino-Tibetan phylum. It shares many elements with Metei, Kachin, Garo, Lushei and other Old Kuki dialects.


Where Are they Located?

Indigenous to northeastern states of India except Arunachal Pradesh, Chin state and Sagaing Division in Burma and eastern Bangladesh. Currently they are spread partially in Australia, USA, Korea, Malaysia, Singapore and major cities of all India.


What Are Their Lives Like?

Thadou settlements are located in dense jungle. Sites on the tops of ridges or just below ridges are preferred. Villages are not arranged according to an established urban plan and there is no marking of the perimeter of a village. The village chief's house is usually the largest dwelling within the village. Outside it (and outside the homes of wealthy villagers) there is a platform upon which men gather to discuss matters of importance and to mediate disputes.

The typical Thadou dwelling is about 6 meters long and 5 meters wide. The rear of the house is elevated 1.5 to 2 meters above the ground while the front of the house rests on the surface of the sloping ground. Wooden posts and rafters are used for the household frame. Thatching grass held in place by split bamboo is used for the roof and bamboo matting is used for the walls. The house contains one large roof and a front veranda. The interior room is used for cooking, storage, general living and sleeping. The veranda is used for the pounding of rice. An enclosure (of wood tied together by bamboo or cane) may surround the house to protect gayals and the household garden. Fruit trees (with the exception of banana plants) are not usually found in Thadou villages.

Thadou tradition links their origin with an area south of their current habitat. Intertribal conflict and the need for cultivable land are two of the reasons cited as possible causes for the northerly migration of the Thadou. However, William Shaw, a British Officer in in the early part of 20th Century believes that they originated in the north. It is his contention that they moved down the Imphal or Gun River, and then proceeded down the Tuihat (Chindwin) River until they reached the sea. Since they were unable to traverse this obstacle, they retreated up the Tuihat until they reached that point where it merged with the Teo (Tyao) River. The retreat continued until they reached their present location.

The Thadou feel that they are destined to be rulers of the Earth and eschew any yoke of domination. This attitude led to the Anglo-Thadou War/Kuki rebellion of 1917-1919. In spite of their defeat then, the Thadou maintain the belief that a promising future awaits them.

The impact of Christian missionary activity was felt early in the twentieth century. William Shaw believed that the Christianization of the area would improve relations between the Thadou and neighboring peoples (felt by the Thadou to be their inferiors). He also noted that Thadou participation in the Manipur Labour Corps altered significantly the Thadou worldview (i.e., revealing the world to be larger than the Thadou had thought it to be).


Prayer Points

* Scripture Prayers for the Thadou in India.

Lets pray that Thadou, the single largest tribe in Manipur, India and the major tribe among the tribes in North East India could be strengthen so that they can uplift, promote, develop their culture in this modern era.


References

http://www.encyclopedia.com
http://www.wikipedia.com
http://www.thadou.com/


Profile Source:   Anonymous  

People Name General Thadou
People Name in Country Thadou
World Population 220,000
Total Countries 1
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 3
Unreached No
Frontier People Group No
GSEC 6  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Pioneer Workers Needed
Alternate Names Chillya, Kuki, Kukihin, Teizang, Theruvan, तादौ
People ID 18232
ROP3 Code 113760
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 6
Largest States
Manipur
217,000
Mizoram
600
Assam
500
Tripura
200
Delhi
200
Meghalaya
100
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 6
  Manipur 217,000
  Mizoram 600
  Assam 500
  Tripura 200
  Delhi 200
  Meghalaya 100
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Chin, Thado (210,000 speakers)
Language Code tcz   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 46
Secondary Languages
(only 15 largest shown)
Hmar
1,400
Vaiphei
900
Chin, Paite
900
Hindi
700
Naga, Tangkhul
600
Zo
600
Chin, Senthang
400
Mizo
300
Gangte
200
Kom
200
English
200
Meitei
100
Anal
100
Naga, Inpui: Naga, Kabui
100
Urdu
80
Primary Language Chin, Thado (210,000 speakers)
Language Code tcz   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 46
Secondary Languages (only 15 largest shown)
  Hmar 1,400
  Vaiphei 900
  Chin, Paite 900
  Hindi 700
  Naga, Tangkhul 600
  Zo 600
  Chin, Senthang 400
  Mizo 300
  Gangte 200
  Kom 200
  English 200
  Meitei 100
  Anal 100
  Naga, Inpui: Naga, Kabui 100
  Urdu 80
People Groups Speaking Chin, Thado

Primary Language:  Chin, Thado

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1924-1978)
Bible-New Testament Yes  (1942-1983)
Bible-Complete Yes  (1971-1994)
Bible-NT Text Online
Possible Print Bibles
Amazon
Forum Bible Agencies
National Bible Societies
World Bible Finder
World Bibles
Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (GRN)
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video God's Story Video
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Chin, Thado
Text / Printed Matter Bible: Thadou Kuki - Thado Chin
Text / Printed Matter World Missionary Press Booklets
Primary Religion: Christianity
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
0.18 %
Christianity  (Evangelical Unknown)
97.89 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
0.50 %
Islam
0.39 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.04 %
Unknown
1.00 %
Photo Source Copyrighted © 2019  Isudas  All rights reserved.  Used with permission
Map Source People Group Location: Omid. Other geography / data: GMI. Map Design: Joshua Project  
Profile Source Anonymous  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more
* Religion Values From latest India census data.  Current values may differ.