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Mishmi in India


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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
3,900 Digaro-Mishmi Hinduism 10.02 % Unknown   

Mishmi in India

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Introduction / History
Mishmi is a tribe in Arunachal Pradesh which lives in the weakest economic conditions.

What are their lives like?
The main economic resources of the Mishmis are land and forests. They are primarily farmers. One of the traditional occupations of the Mishmis is weaving, which also involves them in trading in order to sell what they make. Mishmis also produce shawls, blouses, jackets, bamboo baskets, skirts, coats, bags and bead necklaces. Mishmis are non-vegetarians. Men and children consume pork, beef and all other kinds of meat available. However, the women eat only small birds and fish. Their houses are made of bamboo and the roof is thatched with long grass. The peculiarity of these houses is that they are made on pillars and the basement of the house is used for keeping pigs and hens.

What are their beliefs?
Mishmis belong to hereditary shamanism. The most important characteristics are the complex system of belief in the spiritual qualities of nature and the concept of one Supreme Being. Donyi-polo the sun and the moon are regarded as the symbol of eternal truth.

Animals like mithun and pigs are sacrificed for a number of rituals and pujas during festivals. They have pre and post delivery rituals. They believe in some malevolent and benevolent spirits. Mishmis are the followers of the animistic Donyi-polo faith, known as Phong kelum, with some Buddhist influence, notably in their rites.

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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:3,900
Largest States:
Assam (3,700)Arunachal Pradesh (200)
Manipur (70)
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People Name in Country: Mishmi
People Name General: Mishmi
Alternate People Names:
ROP3 Code: 112991
Joshua Project People ID: 17565
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 3,900
Population all Countries: 3,900
Least-Reached: No
Affinity Bloc: South Asian Peoples
People Cluster: South Asia Tribal - other
People Name General: Mishmi
Ethnic Code: CNN25
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
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Primary Language: Digaro-Mishmi (3,300 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): mhu    Ethnologue Listing
Secondary Languages:
Assamese (30)Mising (10)
Adi (Unknown)Bengali (Unknown)
Nyishi (Unknown)
Total Languages: 6
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religions:
Buddhism4.27 % 
Christianity10.02 %(Evangelical: Data not available)
Ethnic Religions0.00 % 
Hinduism85.67 % 
Islam0.00 % 
Non-Religious0.00 % 
Other / Small0.03 % 
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]   Evangelicals have only a very small representation among all who claim to be Christians.
Least-Reached: No
GSEC Status:Level 5   Greater than or equal to 5% Evangelical
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
Audio RecordingsOnline New Testament
Film / VideoJesus Film: view in Digaro-Mishmi
Film / VideoLUMO film of Gospels
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Mishmi in India

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