Hindi in Thailand

Main Language
Largest Religion
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Introduction / History

Hindi is the fourth most spoken language in the world after Mandarin Chinese, English and Spanish. If one considers the fact that Urdu and Hindi are mutually intelligible, it is the third. Hindi is one of the two official government languages of India along with English. Hindi is spoken by more than half of billion people. It is the primary language across what is known as the Hindi Belt from west to east central India. Many Hindi speakers left India during the period of the British Empire. In the second half of the 20th century, some Hindi speakers have migrated to the Southeast nation of Thailand.

What Are Their Lives Like?

Hindi communities in Thailand continue with their traditional Indian customs, language, and religions. Hindi Indians live in both rural areas and urban centers. Many have successfully ventured into all walks of Thai life. Some Hindis are professionals, but the majority are businesspersons owning shops, restaurants and small companies. Hindis often speak three to four languages, cook a variety of curries, wear vibrantly colored materials, and have a lively culture. The Hinduism of the Hindis is compatible with the Buddhism of the Thai people. Buddhism is sometimes viewed as an of shoot of Hinduism. The father is the head of the Hindi family. He shares leadership with his wife over the children. A woman has a higher place in the Hindi home than in most Asian cultures. Parents encourage their sons and daughters to excel in education and obtain college degrees. Hindis in Thailand try to maintain their ethnic identity and at the same time become model Thai citizens. In traditional Hindi culture, the parents chose the spouse of their children. This practice has changed in modern society where young children frequently choose their partner with their parents’ guidance. In India a Hindi man may have more than one wife if he can afford them. In Thailand monogamy or marriage to one spouse is the official law but a man may have one of more consorts who function as wives. Parents strongly encourage their children to marry within the Hindi culture and Hindu faith.

What Are Their Beliefs?

The large majority of the Hindi speakers in Thailand practice Hinduism, the ancient religion of India. They worship and serve the gods of the Hindu pantheon. Hindus believe that by performing rituals and good works that they will attain moksha or freedom from the endless cycle of birth, death and rebirth. The Hindis visit Hindu temples and offer prayers, food, flowers, and incense to their gods in hope of gaining protection and benefits. They do not have a personal or familial relationship with their gods like Christians do with their heavenly Father. There are many forms of Hinduism, each with its own deities and beliefs. The main yearly holidays of the Hindi people are Holi, the festival of colors and the start of spring, Diwali, the festival of lights, Navratri, the celebration of autumn and Rama Navami, Rama’s birthday. Many Hindi in Thailand also celebrate Buddhist holidays. A tiny fraction of the Hindi people is evangelical Christians.

What Are Their Needs?

The Hindu Hindis must come to understand that Jesus Christ is not just another Hindu god or guru. He is the unique Son of the one, true God who alone can forgive their sins. The Hindis of Thailand need to see the love of Jesus demonstrated to them in practical ways.

Prayer Points

* Scripture Prayers for the Hindi in Thailand.

Pray that the Lord raises up a Disciple Making Movement among the Thai Hindis this decade. Pray the Lord moves Thai believers and churches to reach out and share the good news with the Hindi people. Pray that more Christian literature, radio broadcasts, and videos become available in the Hindi language. Ask God to bring Hindi leaders and heads of families into His kingdom.



Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

People Name General Hindi
People Name in Country Hindi
Population this Country 23,000
Population all Countries 2,675,000
Total Countries 17
Indigenous No
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group No
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
Alternate Names Bazaar; East Indian; High Hindi; Hindustani; Indo-Pakestani; North Indian
People ID 12106
ROP3 Code 103789
Country Thailand
Region Asia, Southeast
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Location in Country Bangkok, Mookherji area.   Source:  Ethnologue 2020
Country Thailand
Region Asia, Southeast
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Location in Country Bangkok, Mookherji area..   Source:  Ethnologue 2020

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Primary Language Hindi (23,000 speakers)
Language Code hin   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 1
Primary Language Hindi (23,000 speakers)
Language Code hin   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Hindi

Primary Language:  Hindi

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1806-1962)
Bible-New Testament Yes  (1811-1998)
Bible-Complete Yes  (1835-2012)
Bible-NT Audio Online
Bible-NT Text Online
Possible Print Bibles
World Bibles
Forum Bible Agencies
National Bible Societies
World Bible Finder
Virtual Storehouse
Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching
Audio Recordings DAVAR Partners recording, Old Testament
Audio Recordings Online Audio Scripture
Audio Recordings Online New Testament
Audio Recordings Online New Testament
Audio Recordings Online New Testament
Audio Recordings Online New Testament
Audio Recordings Online New Testament
Audio Recordings Online New Testament
Audio Recordings Online New Testament
Audio Recordings Oral Bible stories
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio
Film / Video A Beautiful Hope (EngSub)
Film / Video Coconuts
Film / Video Creation to Christ
Film / Video Following Jesus video
Film / Video God's Story video
Film / Video Indigitube.tv Video / Animation
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Hindi
Film / Video Love letter to you from scripture
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religion Percent
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 1.00 %)
4.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
96.00 %
0.00 %
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
0.00 %
Christian Segments Percent
Other Christian
Roman Catholic
Photo Source Sonam Prajapati - Pixabay  Creative Commons 
Profile Source Joshua Project  
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