Kachari Sonwal in Bhutan

Map Source:  People Group data: Omid. Map geography: UNESCO / GMI. Map Design: Joshua Project.
People Name: Kachari Sonwal
Country: Bhutan
10/40 Window: Yes
Population: 1,100
World Population: 332,100
Primary Language: Assamese
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Christian Adherents: 0.00 %
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

Kachari is a generic term for a number of ethnic groups that live in the northeastern states of Assam and Nagaland, India. They are also called Dimasa. Dimasa means 'children of the big river' referring to the Brahmaputra River. Most likely they reached the Brahmaputra Valley via Tibet and settled in the foothills of the eastern Himalayas.

Where Are they Located?

Most live in the North Cachar Hills of Assam, India. Others live in the Indian state of Nagaland. Some have made the short migration to nearby Bhutan.

What Are Their Lives Like?

They are well off financially. Some do cane and bamboo crafts or make textiles. Cultivation is their main work.

Music and dance are important to the Kachari Dimasa. They celebrate many festivals. They cremate their dead by the side of a river or stream. They build their houses on hill slopes near a river. The Kachari Dimasa speak Dimasa, and some speak Assamese as well.

What Are Their Beliefs?

The Kachari are a religious people who blend Hinduism with their traditional religion. They worship a number of deities including Siva Deo, Rajo, Naikhu, and their supreme god, Shibrai.

What Are Their Needs?

People who are financially well off usually need to understand that they have spiritual needs that can only be met by Jesus Christ.

Prayer Points

Pray for spiritual hunger among the Kachari people in India and Bhutan.
Pray for believers to go to them as ambassadors for the king of kings.
Pray that soon there will be a disciple making movement among this people group that will spread to all their communities.

Text Source:   Keith Carey