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Monpa Chugpa in India

Monpa Chugpa

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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
900 Chug Unknown 36.29 % Unknown No No   

Monpa Chugpa in India

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Introduction / History
The oral traditions of the Chugpa say they migrated to their present location from the west and settled in the Sangti area of the Dirang Subdivision for a considerable period before moving on to their present location in a beautiful valley. Because of their different origins, the Chugpa Monpa language is quite distinct from other Monpa varieties spoken in the area, although they have learned to speak a Monpa lingua franca and Hindi in order to communicate with their neighbors. Despite their linguistic and cultural differences, the various Monpa groups share a certain uniformity in their appearance. Men and women wear maroon or black gowns and jackets, while Monpa men are fond of wearing their distinctive caps made of yak hair, which is both warm and waterproof.

Remarkably for a tiny people group who only inhabit one village, the Chugpa Monpa community has five social divisions, or clans. In times past there were strict restrictions against individuals from the same clan marrying each other, but in recent times the village has relaxed these taboos due to their small numbers and their desire for survival.

The Chugpa Monpa tribe live in just one location, Chug village, in northeast India. Chug village is within the Dirang District in the state of Arunachal Pradesh, home to dozens of relatively untouched tribes and colorful people groups.

What are their lives like?
Arunachal Pradesh is renowned for its incredibly wet weather—some meteorologists have labeled it the wettest place on earth. During the monsoon, it is common for an inch of rain to fall in Arunachal in an hour. Many different varieties of fruit and vegetables grow in this moist environment. The diet of the Chugpa Monpa includes 'beef, pork, mutton, chicken, and venison. The flesh of monkey is considered a taboo. They drink bangchen (local beer) prepared out of rice or maize. They also drink ara (distilled liquor). The Chug Monpas are fond of apples, oranges and plums.

What are their beliefs?
One hundred per cent of Chugpa Monpa profess Buddhism as their religion. They send their sons to Tibetan Buddhist monasteries in north India and maintain links with numerous other Buddhist tribes and people groups. Lamas preside over birth, marriage and funeral rites. After a person dies, the lama decides whether the deceased should be buried, cremated, or if the body should be cut into pieces and thrown into the river.

Although the people groups living on the southern plains of Arunachal Pradesh have witnessed tremendous Christian growth over the past 20 years, the gospel has yet to make an impact on the Chugpa Monpa.

What are their needs?
The Chugpa Monpa need the Holy Spirit to open their eyes so they can see the precious savior.

Prayer Points
Pray for loving workers to go to the Chugpa Monpa people, and for their hearts to be ready to receive their savior.

Pray for families of believers loving and serving others to grow reproducing churches.

Pray for a chain reaction of families reaching families that result in thousands of new disciples who share their faith with others.

Pray for grace and truth expanding into their entire society as all believers learn to love others.

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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:900
Largest States:
Arunachal Pradesh (900)
Location in Country:The Chugpa Monpa tribe live in just one location, Chug village, in north-east India. Chug village is within the Dirang District in Arunachal Pradesh.
(Source: Peoples of the Buddhist World, 2004)
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People Name in Country: Monpa Chugpa
People Name General: Monpa Chugpa
Alternate People Names:
ChugpaChung Monpa
मोनपा, चुगपा
ROP3 Code: 111810
Joshua Project People ID: 16604
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 900
Population all Countries: 900
Least-Reached: No
Affinity Bloc: South Asian Peoples
People Cluster: South Asia Tribal - other
People Name General: Monpa Chugpa
Ethnic Code: CNN25
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
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Primary Language: Chug (900 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): cvg    Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages: 1
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Unknown
Major Religions:
Buddhism0.00 % 
Christianity36.29 %(Evangelical: Data not available)
Ethnic Religions0.00 % 
Hinduism20.16 % 
Islam0.00 % 
Non-Religious0.00 % 
Other / Small0.00 % 
Unknown43.55 % 
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 only a very small representation among all who claim to be Christians.
Least-Reached: No
Bible Translation Status
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New Testament: None Reported
Complete Bible: None Reported
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Monpa Chugpa in India

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