Bokar in India

Main Language
Largest Religion
Progress Gauge
* Data can be from various sources including official census, agencies, and local research. Data from these sources can sometimes differ even by orders of magnitude. Joshua Project attempts to present a conservative, balanced estimate.

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 Bokar speak Adi.

What Are Their Lives Like?

The people of their area depend on agricultural production and animal husbandry for a living. 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 families. The 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 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 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.

What Are Their Needs?

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. Meanwhile recorded gospel materials would be in order.

Prayer Points

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.
Ask the Lord to raise up trained pastors among the Bokar who can teach them the Word of God.

Scripture Prayers for the Bokar in India.

Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

People Name General Bokar
People Name in Country Bokar
Alternate Names Adi Bokar; बोकर
Population this Country 5,600
Population all Countries 9,900
Total Countries 2
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 3
Unreached No
Frontier People Group No
Pioneer Workers Needed
People ID 16499
ROP3 Code 111670
ROP25 Code 309204
ROP25 Name Bogar (Bokar)
Country India
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 11  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Districts Interactive map, listing and data download
Specialized Website South Asia Peoples
Country India
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 11  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States 1
  Arunachal Pradesh 5,500
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Religion: Christianity
Major Religion Percent *
0.52 %
Christianity  (Evangelical Unknown)
68.38 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
1.51 %
0.80 %
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.04 %
28.76 %
* From latest India census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.
Primary Language Adi (4,600 speakers)
Language Code adi   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 2
Secondary Languages
Primary Language Adi (4,600 speakers)
Language Code adi   Ethnologue 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  (2005-2012)
FCBH NT ( Online
YouVersion NT ( Online
Possible Print Bibles
World Bibles
Forum Bible Agencies
National Bible Societies
World Bible Finder
Virtual Storehouse
Resource Type Resource Name Source
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching Global Recordings Network
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio Jesus Film Project
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Adi Jesus Film Project
Film / Video World Christian Videos World Christian Videos
General Faith Comes By Hearing - Bible in text or audio or video Faith Comes by Hearing
General Gospel website in this language General / Other
General Scripture Earth Gospel resources links Scripture Earth
General YouVersion Bible versions in text and/or audio YouVersion Bibles
Mobile App Android Bible app: Adi YouVersion Bibles
Mobile App iOS Bible app: Adi YouVersion Bibles
Photo Source bojum 
Map Source People Group Location: Omid. Other geography / data: GMI. Map Design: Joshua Project  
Profile Source Joshua Project 
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Learn more.

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