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Khasi in India


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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
1,533,000 Khasi Christianity 83.53 % Unknown No   

Khasi in India

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Introduction / History
The Khasi people live in the Khasi and Jaintia hills of Meghalaya. Khasi is a generic name given to various tribes and sub-tribes who live there. They had migrated from the Southeast Asia to the hills of Northeast India. They have a number of clans such as Lyngdoh, Diengdoh, Marbaniang, Shiemliah, Lapang and Songkali.

The Khasi are generally people of short stature. Their mother tongue is Khasi.

They are divided into several matrilineal clans such as Mawlong, Khongweer and Symley. The youngest daughter inherits the ancestral property and daughters are given preference in the division of property while males can own only self-acquired property. Even Christians are known to pass down their ancestral property through the female line.

Khasi women enjoy a high social status and play a significant role in socio-economic matters and household management. Many Khasi have taken up professions in civil services and in industries besides agriculture. Western Music and musical instruments are becoming popular among them.

A vast majority of the Khasis are Christians while there are some groups of Hindu and Muslim too among them. The Khasi Muslims came from the other states such as Bihar, Uttar Pradesh and Punjab. They came as traders to the Jaintia hills of Meghalaya and married Khasi women. Among the Muslims too the youngest daughter inherits the parental property. Boys are circumcised before the age of ten. The Muslim Khasi mainly depends on trade and white colour jobs.

Alternate names: Khasi Bhoi, Khynriam, Lyingam, War, Khmer

Prayer Points
* For the salvation of the Khasi people.
* For the Khasi Christians to reach out to the Khasi Muslims and Hindus in their region.
* For social equality in matters concerning the genders.

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Country: India
Continent: Asia
Region: Asia, South
Persecution Rank:10 (Only top 50 ranked, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
10/40 Window: Yes
Population in Country:1,533,000
Largest States:
Meghalaya (1,470,000)Assam (42,000)
West Bengal (1,400)Nagaland (1,100)
Mizoram (1,000)Maharashtra (500)
Arunachal Pradesh (500)Tamil Nadu (400)
Andaman and Nicobar Islands (400)Tripura (300)
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  Peoples [3]
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People Name in Country: Khasi
People Name General: Khasi
Alternate People Names:
PnarRi Lum
ROP3 Code: 104918
Joshua Project People ID: 12654
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 1,533,000
Population all Countries: 1,618,000
Least-Reached: No
Affinity Bloc: South Asian Peoples
People Cluster: South Asia Tribal - other
People Name General: Khasi
Ethnic Code: CNN25
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
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Primary Language: Khasi (1,233,000 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): kha    Ethnologue Listing
Secondary Languages:
Pnar (250,000)War-Jaintia (16,000)
Garo (5,600)Assamese (4,400)
Karbi (1,900)Hindi (1,800)
Lyngngam (1,000)Bengali (900)
Naga, Inpui: Naga, Kabui (800)English (800)
Note: Only 10 largest secondary languages listed
Total Languages: 64
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Christianity
Major Religions:
Buddhism0.11 % 
Christianity83.53 %(Evangelical: Data not available)
Ethnic Religions0.00 % 
Hinduism1.10 % 
Islam0.32 % 
Non-Religious0.00 % 
Other / Small0.01 % 
Unknown14.93 % 
Christianity Segments:
Anglican0.00 %
Independent0.00 %
Protestant0.00 %
Orthodox0.00 %
Other Christian0.00 %
Roman Catholic0.00 %
(Evangelicals distributed across Christianity segments)
Progress Indicators [5]
Progress Scale[6]   Evangelicals have a larger relative representation among all who claim to be Christians.
Least-Reached: No
GSEC Status:Level 6   Greater than or equal to 10% Evangelical
Bible Translation Status
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Bible Portions: 1816-1891
New Testament:
Complete Bible: 1891-2016
Possible Bible Sources: Forum of Bible Agencies
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Ministry Resources [7]
Audio RecordingsMegaVoice Audio Bible and Stories
Audio RecordingsAudio Bible teaching (GRN)
Audio RecordingsStory of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project ...
Film / VideoGod's Story Video
Film / VideoJesus Film: view in Khasi
Film / VideoStory of Jesus for Children (JF Project)
GeneralGospel website in this language
Text / Printed MatterBible: Khasi
Text / Printed MatterOnline Bible text (Scripture Earth)
Text / Printed MatterWorld Missionary Press Booklets
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Khasi in India

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