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Tiwa in India


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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
303,000 Assamese Hinduism 1.71 % Unknown   

Tiwa in India

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Introduction / History
The Lalung of Assam in India are Hindus but some have converted to Christianity. They are not vegetarians and eat rice as a primary cereal. They are monogamous and have cross-cousin marriages. There is a bride price and the dead are cremated. They work in cultivation and are good at carpentry. Family planning is used by them.

In Meghalaya the Lalung like to be called Tiwa which means people who were lifted from below. They live in the hills. Lalung is spoken by them and they read and write in Roman. A traditional council looks after them. They use modern and traditional medicines. They have road connections which should be a help to getting the gospel message to them.

Regarding the name Lalung, lang means water and lung means to sink in it.

Prayer Points
Pray that Lalung Christians will lead others of them to Jesus Christ.
Pray that the traditional council leaders will come to Jesus Christ and that they in turn will lead others of the Lalung to Him too.

Singh, K. S., ed. "India's Communities A-Z", Oxford University Press, USA 1999

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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:303,000
Largest States:
Assam (252,000)Meghalaya (46,000)
Arunachal Pradesh (2,200)Manipur (10)
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Ethnolinguistic Map:University of Texas or other map
  Peoples [3]
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People Name in Country: Tiwa
People Name General: Tiwa
Alternate People Names:
ROP3 Code: 112743
Joshua Project People ID: 17357
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 303,000
Population all Countries: 303,000
Least-Reached: Yes
Affinity Bloc: South Asian Peoples
People Cluster: South Asia Tribal - other
People Name General: Tiwa
Ethnic Code: CNN25
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
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Primary Language: Assamese (210,000 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): asm    Ethnologue Listing
Secondary Languages:
Tiwa (43,000)Hindi (1,600)
Boro (200)Bengali (200)
Rabha (100)Mising (80)
Karbi (80)Mizo (30)
Urdu (20)English (20)
Note: Only 10 largest secondary languages listed
Total Languages: 22
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religions:
Buddhism0.07 % 
Christianity1.71 %(Evangelical: Data not available)
Ethnic Religions0.00 % 
Hinduism97.98 % 
Islam0.17 % 
Non-Religious0.00 % 
Other / Small0.01 % 
Unknown0.06 % 
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: 1822-1974
New Testament:
Complete Bible: 1833-2022
Possible Bible Sources: Forum of Bible Agencies
 World Bible Finder
 World Christian Resource Directory
 Gospel Go
Ministry Resources [7]
Audio RecordingsMegaVoice Audio Bible and Stories
Audio RecordingsAudio Bible teaching
Audio RecordingsOnline Audio Scripture
Audio RecordingsStory of Jesus audio
Film / VideoFollowing Jesus video
Film / VideoGod's Story video
Film / Video / Animation
Film / VideoJesus Film: view in Assamese
Film / VideoMagdalena video
Film / VideoStory of Jesus for Children
Film / VideoWorld Christian Videos
GeneralBible for Children
GeneralBiblical answers to your questions
GeneralFour Spiritual Laws
GeneralGospel resources links
GeneralGospel website in this language
Mobile AppDownload Bible from Google Play Store
Text / Printed MatterBible: Assamese
Text / Printed MatterChildren and youth resources
Text / Printed MatterChrist for the Nations
Text / Printed MatterJesus Messiah comic book
Text / Printed MatterLiteracy primer for Assamese
Text / Printed MatterOnline New Testament (Bibles India)
Text / Printed MatterTopical Scripture booklets and Bible stu ...
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Tiwa in India

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People Cluster
    South Asia Tribal - other     Asia, South    
      Tiwa India    
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            Tiwa in India          
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      Hinduism     Assamese  
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