Adi in Bhutan

Main Language
Largest Religion
Progress Gauge
* Data can be from various sources including official census, agencies, and local research. Data from these sources can sometimes differ even by orders of magnitude. Joshua Project attempts to present a conservative, balanced estimate.

Introduction / History

The Adi people are spread through China, Tibet and India. Only a very small percentage live in Bhutan. There are no known followers of Christ among them.

What Are Their Lives Like?

Historically a remote people, the Adi continue to be socially and economically isolated. Even their villages tend to remain separate from one another, governing themselves by individual rules and councils. Wealth is measured in domesticated animals, jewelry and land ownership.

What Are Their Beliefs?

The Adi continue to follow traditional religious practices, seeking the advice and power of local shamans.

What Are Their Needs?

The Bible is available in the Adi language, along with online, audio and JESUS Film resources. What they don't have is a personal witness to share the Gospel message with them.

Prayer Points

Pray for key members of the Adi communities in Bhutan to hear and receive the good news. Pray for the Lord to birth a church planting movement that will provide all of the Adi with the opportunity to know their Creator and the Son He sent to save them. Pray for the Lord to thrust out workers to the Adi people.

Scripture Prayers for the Adi in Bhutan.

Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

People Name General Adi
People Name in Country Adi
Pronunciation AH-dee
Alternate Names Abor; Abor-Miri; Arbor; Miri; आदि
Population this Country 2,800
Population all Countries 86,000
Total Countries 3
Indigenous No
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
People ID 18386
ROP3 Code 113979
ROP25 Code 300047
ROP25 Name Adi
Country Bhutan
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 36  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Country Bhutan
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 36  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States 1
  Eastern 2,800
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Religion: Unknown
Major Religion Percent *
14.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
0.00 %
0.00 %
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
86.00 %
* From latest Bhutan census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.
Primary Language Adi (2,800 speakers)
Language Code adi   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 1
Primary Language Adi (2,800 speakers)
Language Code adi   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Adi

Primary Language:  Adi

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1932-1986)
Bible-New Testament Yes  (1988-2003)
Bible-Complete Yes  (2005-2012)
FCBH NT ( Online
YouVersion NT ( Online
Possible Print Bibles
World Bibles
Forum Bible Agencies
National Bible Societies
World Bible Finder
Virtual Storehouse
Resource Type Resource Name Source
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching Global Recordings Network
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio Jesus Film Project
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Adi Jesus Film Project
Film / Video World Christian Videos World Christian Videos
General Faith Comes By Hearing - Bible in text or audio or video Faith Comes by Hearing
General Gospel website in this language General / Other
General Scripture Earth Gospel resources links Scripture Earth
General YouVersion Bible versions in text and/or audio YouVersion Bibles
Mobile App Android Bible app: Adi YouVersion Bibles
Mobile App iOS Bible app: Adi YouVersion Bibles
Photo Source Ramesh Lalwani - Flickr  Creative Commons 
Map Source People Group data: Omid. Map geography: UNESCO / GMI. Map Design: Joshua Project  
Profile Source Joshua Project 
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Learn more.

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