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Loi in India

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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
102,000 Meitei Hinduism 0.05 % Unknown   

Loi in India

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Introduction / History
The Loi or Lois people of India live in the northeastern state of Manipur. They are an indigenous tribe whose name means "Scheduled Caste" in Meitei, the official language of Manipur. The use of the name Loi or Lois is controversial because these people see themselves as part of the larger population of Meitei people in Manipur. The Indian government has distinguished the Loi from the Meitei and has given the Loi the designation of Scheduled Caste. This category allows the government to give the Loi special consideration for public jobs and university admissions. Illiteracy is an issue for the Loi. The Indian government is working to educate the children of the Loi so that they can enter into modern society.

The Loi are at the bottom of the seven-leveled Manipur caste system. They are often not permitted entrance into Hindu temples. As a result the Loi have their priests and shrines. The primary language of the Loi is Meitei. Many also speak Assamese.

Where are they located?
The Loi people live in India's northeastern state of Manipur.

What are their lives like?
The Loi are an agricultural people who live in rural villages. They wet farm rice as their main crop. They also grow palm trees for their oil and wood. They are vegetarians except for eating a special type of pungent fermented fish.

Loi marry within their group. Young people are allowed to choose their spouse but must get the approval of their families. Sons inherit their father's property. Village chiefs and elders settle legal problems and promote the interests of the Loi. Village shamans are the first persons the Loi see for spiritual and medical problems.

What are their beliefs?
The Loi practice their brand of Hinduism mixed with folk religion. They worship and serve the gods of the Hindu pantheon, especially their supreme god and forest god. The Loi venerate their ancestors and feel they must placate the evil spirits that inhabit the natural world. Hindus believe that by performing rituals and good works that they will attain moksha or freedom from the endless cycle of birth, death and rebirth. The Loi visit their shrines and offer prayers, food, flowers and incense to their gods.
Only a few Loi are Christian believers.

What are their needs?
The Loi need help in educating their children. The Loi would benefit with access to modern medicine. They could also use help in learning new job skills. Most of all, the Loi need to hear and understand the life-changing message of Jesus Christ.

Prayer Points
Pray that the tiny group of Loi believers would be established in the faith and share the gospel with their brothers and sisters.
Pray for Loi families to be drawn to Jesus and to the Bible to find out more about the true God.
Pray for a movement to Jesus to multiply among Loi families and communities


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Country: India
Continent: Asia
Region: Asia, South
Persecution Rank:11 (Only top 50 ranked, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
10/40 Window: Yes
Population in Country:102,000
Largest States:
Manipur (101,000)Assam (50)
Meghalaya (10)
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Ethnolinguistic Map:University of Texas or other map
  Peoples [3]
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People Name in Country: Loi
People Name General: Loi
Alternate People Names:
ROP3 Code: 105825
Joshua Project People ID: 13089
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 102,000
Population all Countries: 102,000
Least-Reached: Yes
Affinity Bloc: South Asian Peoples
People Cluster: South Asia Dalit - other
People Name General: Loi
Ethnic Code: CNN25
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
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Primary Language: Meitei (86,000 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): mni    Ethnologue Listing
Secondary Languages:
Assamese (Unknown)
Total Languages: 2
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religions:
Buddhism0.00 % 
Christianity0.05 %(Evangelical: Data not available)
Ethnic Religions0.00 % 
Hinduism99.59 % 
Islam0.00 % 
Non-Religious0.00 % 
Other / Small0.04 % 
Unknown0.33 % 
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]   Few evangelicals and few who claim to be Christians. Little, if any, history of Christianity.
Least-Reached: Yes
GSEC Status:Level 1   Less than 2% Evangelical. Some evangelical resources available, but no active church planting within past 2 years
Bible Translation Status
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Bible Portions: 1820-1995
New Testament:
Complete Bible: 1984-2019
Possible Bible Sources: Forum of Bible Agencies
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Ministry Resources [7]
Audio RecordingsMegaVoice Audio Bible and Stories
Audio RecordingsAudio Bible teaching
Audio RecordingsOnline New Testament
Audio RecordingsOnline Scripture / Portions
Audio RecordingsStory of Jesus audio
Film / VideoGod's Story video
Film / VideoJesus Film: view in Meitei
Film / VideoMagdalena video
Film / VideoStory of Jesus for Children
Film / VideoWorld Christian Videos
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GeneralBible for Children
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GeneralBiblical answers to your questions
GeneralGospel resources links
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GeneralGospel website in this language
Text / Printed MatterChildren and youth resources
Text / Printed MatterJesus Messiah comic book
Text / Printed MatterLiteracy primer for Meitei
Text / Printed MatterLove letter to you from scripture
Text / Printed MatterTopical Scripture booklets and Bible stu ...
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Loi in India

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People Cluster
    South Asia Dalit - other     Asia, South    
      Loi India    
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            Loi in India          
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      Hinduism     Meitei  
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