Munda in Bhutan

Photo Source:  Gerald Roberts 
Map Source:  People Group data: Omid. Map geography: UNESCO / GMI. Map Design: Joshua Project.
People Name: Munda
Country: Bhutan
10/40 Window: Yes
Population: 2,000
World Population: 3,747,700
Primary Language: Mundari
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Christian Adherents: 5.11 %
Evangelicals: 0.00 %
Scripture: Complete Bible
Online Audio NT: No
Jesus Film: Yes
Audio Recordings: Yes
People Cluster: South Asia Tribal - other
Affinity Bloc: South Asian Peoples
Progress Level:

Introduction / History

The Munda people who now live in India and Bhutan originated in Southeast Asia, as far away as Indonesia.

Where Are they Located?

Today the Munda people are most likely to be found in central India, or even more so, in the states of Odisha, Bihar, and West Bengal. They also live in Bangladesh, and a few are in the mountains of Bhutan. Even fewer have found their way to the United States.

What Are Their Lives Like?

The Munda of India by tradition do cultivation and today many are agricultural workers. You cannot generalize about what they do for a living. Some are basket weavers, while others are office workers. They are not vegetarians but they do not eat beef. They have community councils to judge in local matters.

What Are Their Beliefs?

Most of them are Hindus in Bhutan. The Munda worship their ancestors and things of nature like rivers and trees. They have a lot of deities, with Sing Bonga being their main one.

What Are Their Needs?

Munda people need a spiritual hunger that will lead them to seeking and finding Christ.

Prayer Points

* Pray for a spiritual hunger that will lead the Munda people in Bhutan far beyond where they have been in the past.
* Pray that God will give the Munda people in Bhutan dreams and visions leading them to salvation.
* Pray that Munda believers will lead the others in their group to Jesus Christ.
* Pray for a disciple making movement for Munda communities.

Text Source:   Keith Carey