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Digaru in India



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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
1,300 Digaro-Mishmi Hinduism 7.61 % Unknown No   

Digaru in India

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Introduction / History
There are three groups of Mishmis, namely the Digaru, Idu and Miju, each having their distinctive dialects. Their main economic resources are from the land (agriculture) and forest produce. Mishmis are known for their weaving skills, producing shawls, blouses, jackets, skirts, coats, bags and even other products such as bamboo baskets and bead-necklaces. They also trade in these products, yet they are one of the weakest tribes economically in Arunachal.

Mishmis are non-vegetarian. Men and children consume pork as well as beef; eating almost every part of the animal. However, their women eat the meat of small birds and fish. Their houses are made of bamboo and the roof is thatched with long grass. They are constructed on raised platforms, beneath which their domestic animals such as pigs and chickens are kept.

Where are they located?
Mishmis are located in the state of Arunachal Pradesh, one of the seven north-eastern states in India.

The Idu Mishmi generally live in the Lower Dibang Valley, the Dibang Valley, Lohit and East Siang in Arunachal Pradesh of India.

What are their lives like?
They have a rich culture, tradition, costumes and customs. They mainly have an oral tradition and no script. However, recently they formed a script of Roman origin.

What are their beliefs?
Mishmis follow hereditary shamanism, the most important characteristics of which are the concept of one supreme being and a complex system of beliefs based on nature and its spiritual qualities.

They consider the sun and the moon, represented by Donyi-polo, to be the symbol of eternal truth. The Donyi-polo belief system, also known as Phong kelum, and influenced by Buddhist rituals, best explains their religion.

Mithun (a bison-like animal) and pigs are sacrificed in a number of rituals and pujas during festivals. Their world view is also influenced by their belief in good and bad spirits.

They are animistic and believe in the existence of spirits that govern the rule of nature. They do believe in the existence of ghosts (evil spirits). They pray to "almighty sun" and the divine spirit that governs the universe to look into their needs and that no curse be upon them.

What are their needs?
Arunachal Pradesh is a culturally and religiously very sensitive state. There are restrictions for anyone from outside the state entering it or residing there. Any Indian national from outside the state requires a special permit from the government, whereas any foreign nationals are permitted to visit only for a short period and that too only as a tourist.

Arunchal is the first state in India, where a bill restricting change of religion was passed. Nevertheless, in the past several years, hundreds of people have become followers of Jesus. The Spirit of God has been working in the lives of the people and they are thirsty for the Word of God. The fast growing church requires the Word of God in the mother tongue, to establish strong, witnessing congregations.

Prayer Points
* Pray for the building of strong relationships with the Government for the overall development of the Mishmi community
* Pray for training and guidance for the four personnel identified as mother tongue translators, as they start the translation process
* Pray for both the Digaru and Miju to have gexcellent translations of Scripture that will effectively reach every Mishmi person, leading to their transformation

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Country: India
Continent: Asia
Region: South Asia
Persecution Rank:10 (Only top 50 ranked, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
10/40 Window: Yes
Population in Country:1,300
Largest States:
Arunachal Pradesh (1,300)
Total States on file:1
   
 
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  Peoples [3]
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People Name in Country: Digaru
People Name General: Digaru
Alternate People Names:
Digaru MishmiMishmi
TaraonTaraon Mishmi
दिगारु
ROP3 Code: 111959
Joshua Project People ID: 16720
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 1,300
Population all Countries: 1,300
Least-Reached: No
   
 
Affinity Bloc: Tibetan-Himalayan Peoples
People Cluster: Miri-Kachin
People Name General: Digaru
Ethnic Code: MSY50z
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
   
 
Language
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Primary Language: Digaro-Mishmi (1,200 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): mhu    Ethnologue Listing
Secondary Languages:
Adi (100)Naga, Tangshang: Tangsa (Unknown)
Monpa, Tawang (Unknown)
Total Languages: 4
   
 
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religions:
Buddhism0.31 % 
Christianity7.61 %(Evangelical: Data not available)
Ethnic Religions0.00 % 
Hinduism69.02 % 
Islam0.16 % 
Non-Religious0.00 % 
Other / Small0.24 % 
Unknown22.67 % 
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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Bible Portions: Yes
New Testament: None Reported
Complete Bible: None Reported
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)
Film / VideoJesus Film: view in Digaro-Mishmi
 
 
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Digaru in India

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