Bokar in India


Population
Main Language
Largest Religion
Christian
Evangelical
Progress
Progress Gauge
* From latest India census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.

Introduction / History

The Bokar are an indigenous people who live in the northeast Indian state of Arunachal Pradesh. Roughly half of the population lives in China on the other side of the border. The people of their area depend on agricultural production and animal husbandry for a living. The Bokar speak Adi. A complete Adi Bible became available in 2009. Many of the Bokar are functionally illiterate so they will have to learn to read if they are to be able to read the Bible for themselves. The majority of the Bokar claim to be Christian.


What Are Their Lives Like?

Culturally the Bokar people are rich in their art, dances and music. Other peoples, even in Arunachal Pradesh, do not know about the Bokar tribe because they live in such an isolated region. Some of the Bokar are dependent on government programs to feed their familiesThe Bokar celebrate the Podi-Barbi festival every year on December 5. According to the legend, "Podi-Barbi" means a small cricket-like migratory insect which makes a tweeting sound and migrates from far-flung places and arrives at the time of harvesting season in the region. Since the people did not use any calendar by which they could know the exact time of harvesting, they took the arrival of this small insect as their calendar. The festival is celebrated in the harvest season, when the insect arrives at the region. It is celebrated in order to welcome the harvesting season and to extend thankfulness to Mother Nature for a good harvest in the current year. They take the opportunity at this festival to pray for a sufficient growth of crops in the coming years and also for ample hunting of wild animals. During this day men and women wear traditional attire. The sacrifice of domestic animals during the festival is another feature of the celebration and the ritual is performed by a local priest.


What Are Their Beliefs?

On the Indian side of the border, the Bokar people are over about two-thirds Christian, but on China’s side, they remain an unreached people group. Smaller groups of Bokar are Hindu, Buddhist or practice folk religion.


Prayer Points

* Scripture Prayers for the Bokar in India.

Ask the Lord to send Indian Bokar believers to China to tell the Bokar across the border about Christ. Pray for a disciple making movement that will bless the Bokar people this decade. Ask the Lord to raise up trained pastors among the Bokar who can teach them the Word of God.


Profile Source:   Keith Carey  

People Name General Bokar
People Name in Country Bokar
Population this Country 4,600
Population all Countries 8,900
Total Countries 2
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 3
Unreached No
Frontier People Group No
Pioneer Workers Needed
Alternate Names Adi Bokar; बोकर
People ID 16499
ROP3 Code 111670
Country India
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 10  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Specialized Website South Asia Peoples
Country India
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 10  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States 1
  Arunachal Pradesh 4,600
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Adi (4,600 speakers)
Language Code adi   Ethnologue Listing
Primary Dialect Bokar
Dialect Code 6680   Global Recordings Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 2
Secondary Languages
Nyishi
Primary Language Adi (4,600 speakers)
Language Code adi   Ethnologue Listing
Primary Dialect Bokar
Dialect Code 6680   Global Recordings Listing
Total Languages 2
Secondary Languages
  Nyishi 0
People Groups Speaking Adi

Primary Language:  Adi

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1932-1986)
Bible-New Testament Yes  (1988-2003)
Bible-Complete Yes  (2005-2009)
Bible-NT Text Online
Possible Print Bibles
Amazon
World Bibles
Forum Bible Agencies
National Bible Societies
World Bible Finder
Virtual Storehouse
Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (GRN)
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Adi
General Gospel website in this language
Text / Printed Matter Bible: Adi
Text / Printed Matter Online Bible text (Scripture Earth)
Primary Religion: Christianity
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
0.52 %
Christianity  (Evangelical Unknown)
68.38 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
1.51 %
Islam
0.80 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.04 %
Unknown
28.76 %
* From latest India census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.
Photo Source bojum 
Map Source People Group Location: Omid. Other geography / data: GMI. Map Design: Joshua Project  
Profile Source Keith Carey  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more

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