Introduction / History
The Biate live in Assam, Mizoram, Meghalaya and other north east Indian states. They speak a Tibeto Burman language. Bia means 'speak' or 'worship'.
Marriage is between their clans and is negotiated. Divorce does not happen often. On the death of the father, the youngest son inherits the property. Sons and daughters can have property according to what the father wants.
The Biate live on high slopes that are a few feet from the ground. They work in agriculture and shifting cultivation. A court is now looking after them, while they have chiefs who make the law.
The Biate have been animists and are now a mixture of Hindus and Christians. They have festivals. They make their own clothes and play musical instruments too.
* Scripture Prayers for the Biate in India.
* Pray that the court leaders and chiefs come to Jesus Christ and lead others to Him.
* Pray that gospel materials will lead them to salvation.
Singh, K. S., ed. "India's Communities A-Z", Oxford University Press, USA 1999