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Rabha in India


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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
437,000 Assamese Hinduism 5.26 % Unknown   

Rabha in India

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Introduction / History
The Rabha were originally from Tibet. The Rabha language is considered to be a homogeneous language of the Chinese language that developed near the Yang-Tse-Kiang and Hwang-ho (Yellow) rivers, according to scholars that specialize in this field of research and Rabha ancestry. After moving from the Tibetan region they occupied the Garo Hills area before dispersing throughout the Assam lowlands. They moved to Assam and settled primarily in the Brahmaputra Valley. After arriving in Assam, they were split into groups. On the way to Garo hills, one made a U-turn to the Brahmaputra's southern bank, while the other group moved on towards the plains of the Brahmaputra's northern bank.

Where are they located?
The Rabhas are a Mongoloid tribe found in Thailand, Myanmar, Bhutan, Bangladesh, Nepal. They are located in West Bengal, Assam and Meghalaya in India.

What are their lives like?
Previously they were farmers based on agriculture and they lived near the Yang-Tse-Kiang River and Hwang Ho River. Later they migrated to India and settled in the northeastern region on the southern and northern banks of Brahmaputra.

What are their beliefs?
Members of the group may hold Christian, Buddhist, Hindu and animistic beliefs.

Jose, U.V, Khurangnala, Guwahati, Don Bosco Rabha, Manish Kumar, Matriliny to Patriliny, New Delhi, Gian Publishing House, 1989 Umbavu Joseph. "Languages of the Greater Himalayan region, Volume 1 Rabha", Brill, 2007

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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:437,000
Largest States:
Assam (350,000)Meghalaya (43,000)
West Bengal (33,000)Arunachal Pradesh (4,400)
Nagaland (3,300)Manipur (300)
Mizoram (200)Tripura (80)
Maharashtra (50)Andaman and Nicobar Islands (40)
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  Peoples [3]
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People Name in Country: Rabha
People Name General: Rabha
Alternate People Names:
ROP3 Code: 113406
Joshua Project People ID: 17922
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 437,000
Population all Countries: 439,000
Least-Reached: No
Affinity Bloc: South Asian Peoples
People Cluster: South Asia Tribal - other
People Name General: Rabha
Ethnic Code: CNN25
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
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Primary Language: Assamese (232,000 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): asm    Ethnologue Listing
Secondary Languages:
Rabha (94,000)Bengali (18,000)
Hindi (15,000)Amri Karbi (3,100)
Santhali (2,100)Nepali (1,500)
Boro (700)Kurux (500)
Garo (400)Odia (300)
Note: Only 10 largest secondary languages listed
Total Languages: 45
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religions:
Buddhism0.17 % 
Christianity5.26 %(Evangelical: Data not available)
Ethnic Religions0.00 % 
Hinduism94.22 % 
Islam0.21 % 
Non-Religious0.00 % 
Other / Small0.02 % 
Unknown0.12 % 
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 4   Greater than or equal to 2% Evangelical
Bible Translation Status
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Bible Portions: 1822-1974
New Testament:
Complete Bible: 1833-2022
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 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
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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)
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