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Monpa Kalaktang in Bhutan

Monpa Kalaktang

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Monpa Kalaktang in Bhutan

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Introduction / History
The Kalaktang Monpa are believed to be the original inhabitants of the Kalaktang circle, from which they take their name. In the past, the Kalaktang Monpa did not possess a script, so their history was handed down in oral stories. Elderly Kalaktang Monpa men recall that their ancestors migrated to their present location from the Bumthang and Thalong areas in eastern Bhutan.

Where are they located?
Though most live in India's northeastern state of Arunachal Pradesh, some have spilled over into neighboring Bhutan.

What are their lives like?
The Kalaktang Monpa have a rich culture. They are skilled in dyeing, weaving, papermaking, carpentry, cane and bamboo work. They perform some very popular forms of a mask dance. Another source says, "they have many pantomime dances which are generally performed during the annual festivals, both in the monasteries and in the villages. The Ajilamu and yak dances are very popular." All Kalaktang Monpa were traditionally employed in farming or trading.

What are their beliefs?
All Kalaktang Monpa are thought to believe in Tibetan Buddhism. Their sacred place is called goompha which is adorned with the images of Lord Buddha and the Bodhisattvas (incarnations of Lord Buddha). The lama is their priest and his services are required to perform the birth, marriage and death rituals. Simultaneously they practice pre-Buddhistic animism or shamanism. They believe their animistic priest called phrame cures diseases and removes evil spirits.

They share a common goompha (religious shrine) with other Buddhist communities. Some of the Kalaktang Monpa send their children to the goomphas in the different parts of the country to acquire training in Lamaism. They have also established matrimonial and religious links with the other Monpas, Sherdukpens, Tibetans, Khambas and Membas

What are their needs?
The Kalaktang Monpa people need the opportunity to hear of the transforming grace of Jesus Christ, and be discipled in his ways.

Prayer Points
* Pray these people will have their hearts ready to receive the good news. Ask God to send the appropriate workers to share with them the salvation and hope that Jesus brings.
* Pray for the Holy Spirit to bring about a powerful disciple making movement among the Kalaktang Monpa people, both in India and Bhutan.

References
https://joshuaproject.net/people_groups/17207/IN
https://books.google.com/books?id=OzEOKNPsv2EC&pg=PA189&lpg=PA189&dq=Kalaktang+Monpa&source=bl&ots=u-d0mgvPEw&sig=ZfOQkoEP4ofe7ADeBen1wVduJfc&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwiV6p2szaLWAhUGzGMKHWj5Cc4Q6AEIVTAJ#v=onepage&q=Kalaktang%20Monpa&f=false
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Monpa_people
https://www.mapsofindia.com/india-tour/arunachal-pradesh/the-monpas-torn-between-three-countries/
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=feOhAMCPoWY
http://www.globalprayerdigest.org/index.php/issue/day/2010/08/28

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Country: Bhutan
Continent: Asia
Region: South Asia
Persecution Rank:33 (Only top 50 ranked, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
10/40 Window: Yes
Population in Country:1,100
Largest Provinces:
Eastern (1,100)
Total Provinces on file:1
   
  Peoples [3]
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People Name in Country: Monpa Kalaktang
People Name General: Monpa Kalaktang
Alternate People Names:
KalaktanKalaktang
MoinbaMonba
TsanglaTsangla Monpa
मोनपा, कलकतंग
ROP3 Code: 112573
Joshua Project People ID: 17207
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 1,100
Population all Countries: 2,500
Least-Reached: Yes
   
 
Affinity Bloc: Tibetan-Himalayan Peoples
People Cluster: Tibetan
People Name General: Monpa Kalaktang
Ethnic Code: MSY50r
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Language
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Primary Language: Tshangla (1,100 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): tsj    Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages: 1
   
 
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Buddhism
Major Religions:
Buddhism100.00 % 
Christianity0.00 %(Evangelical: 0.00 %)
Ethnic Religions0.00 % 
Hinduism0.00 % 
Islam0.00 % 
Non-Religious0.00 % 
Other / Small0.00 % 
Unknown0.00 % 
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
 
 
Bible Translation Status
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Bible Portions: 2000
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)
Audio RecordingsOral Bible stories in Tshangla
Audio RecordingsStory of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project ...
Film / VideoGod's Story Video
Film / VideoJesus Film: view in Tshangla
Film / VideoMy Last Day (Jesus Film Project Anime)
 
 
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