But Monpa in India

The But Monpa have only been reported in India
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Main Language
Largest Religion
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* From latest India census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.

Introduction / History

The term Monpa is a generic one, used by the Tibetans to denote mon (the low country) and pa (belonging to). The Monpa are, therefore, people “belonging to the low country.” In reality, the various Monpa tribes of Arunachal Pradesh, including the But, migrated into the region from diverse places at various times, differing with respect to their languages and many other cultural traits. The But Monpas call themselves Matchopa, Bootpa or Butpa. This small tribe is one of six Monpa groups, each of which has been granted status as a scheduled tribe by the Indian government.

Some researchers do not consider such numerically small groups worth mentioning. Our aim is to present all distinct people groups, regardless of size, as each is precious to the Savior and the Bible states that every tribe, language and nation will have representatives worshiping around the throne of Jesus in heaven.


What Are Their Lives Like?

The But Monpa are quite different from the other Monpa groups and could probably be considered the least Buddhist of the various groups. The practice of pre-Buddhist shamanism still persists among them. However, the But Monpa have their own traditional faith, beliefs and festivals. Gradually they are being drawn into the Tibetan form of Buddhism like the other peoples in their region.


What Are Their Beliefs?

The But Monpas need the chance to embrace Jesus Christ and allow him to give them abundant life for eternity.


What Are Their Needs?

Pray that soon the But Monpas will have representatives worshiping around the throne of Jesus in heaven.

Pray for them to have the chance to hear of the wonderful grace of Jesus and respond.

Pray for long term workers to go to them with the gospel.


Prayer Points

Scripture Prayers for the Monpa But in India.


References

Peoples of the Buddhist World, Asia Harvest, Copyrighted © Used with permission


Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

People Name General Monpa But
People Name in Country Monpa But
Natural Name But Monpa
Population this Country 300
Population all Countries 300
Total Countries 1
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group No
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
Alternate Names Bootpa; But; Matchopa; Menba; Moinba; Monba; Monpa; Nagnoo; मोनपा, बुत
People ID 16544
ROP3 Code 111733
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)
Location in Country Almost all But Monpa inhabit the villages of Jeriagaon, Sellary, Khoitum, Ralung and Khoina in the Nafra Circle of West Kameng District of Arunachal Pradesh.   Source:  Peoples of the Buddhist World, 2004
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 10  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Location in Country Almost all But Monpa inhabit the villages of Jeriagaon, Sellary, Khoitum, Ralung and Khoina in the Nafra Circle of West Kameng District of Arunachal Pradesh..   Source:  Peoples of the Buddhist World, 2004
Total States 1
  Arunachal Pradesh 300
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Sartang (300 speakers)
Language Code onp   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Unknown
Total Languages 3
Secondary Languages
Adi Naga, Tangshang: Tangsa
Primary Language Sartang (300 speakers)
Language Code onp   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 3
Secondary Languages
  Adi 0
  Naga, Tangshang: Tangsa 0
People Groups Speaking Sartang

Primary Language:  Sartang

Bible Translation Status:  Translation Started

Resource Type Resource Name Source
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching Global Recordings Network
Audio Recordings Oral Bible stories One Story
General Gospel resources links Scripture Earth
Primary Religion: Buddhism
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
93.54 %
Christianity  (Evangelical Unknown)
1.14 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
3.04 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.76 %
Unknown
1.52 %
* From latest India census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.
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Map Source People Group data: Omid. Map geography: UNESCO / GMI. Map Design: Joshua Project  
Profile Source Joshua Project  
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