Tiwa in India

The Tiwa have only been reported 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

Tiwa means people who were lifted from below. The Tiwa people are also called Lalung and they live in Assam and Megalahaya states in northeastern India. They are a tribal people who look more East Asian than South Asian. There are Hill Tiwas and Plains Tiwas. The Hill Tiwas live in the Karbi Anglong District of Assam and in Megalahaya. They speak a Tibeto Burman language. The Plains Tiwas are in the southern bank of the Brahmaputra Valley. They speak Assamese.


What Are Their Lives Like?

They have a chief who looks after their interests. There are strong Christian believers in their part of India who can reach them with the blessings of Jesus Christ.


What Are Their Beliefs?

Many follow their traditional religion of worshipping local gods. They have a religion of their own that is mixed with Hinduism. They are officially Hindu. This people group has lots of festivals, including Christmas!


Prayer Points

Pray that believers in northeastern India will help the Tiwa people begin their own disciple making movement. Pray for spiritual discernment and hunger that will lead them to Jesus Christ. Pray that their leaders will see that only Jesus Christ provides life to the full.


Scripture Prayers for the Tiwa in India.


Profile Source:   Keith Carey  

People Name General Tiwa
People Name in Country Tiwa
Population this Country 303,000
Population all Countries 303,000
Total Countries 1
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group No
GSEC 1  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Pioneer Workers Needed 6
Alternate Names Lalung; तिवा
People ID 17357
ROP3 Code 112743
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 on file 4
Largest States
Assam
252,000
Meghalaya
46,000
Arunachal Pradesh
2,200
Manipur
10
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)
Total States 4
  Assam 252,000
  Meghalaya 46,000
  Arunachal Pradesh 2,200
  Manipur 10
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Assamese (210,000 speakers)
Language Code asm   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 22
Secondary Languages
(only 15 largest shown)
Tiwa
43,000
Hindi
1,600
Boro
200
Bengali
200
Rabha
100
Mising
80
Karbi
80
Mizo
30
Urdu
20
English
20
Malayalam
10
Deori
10
Naga, Sumi Bishnupuriya Marathi
Primary Language Assamese (210,000 speakers)
Language Code asm   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 22
Secondary Languages (only 15 largest shown)
  Tiwa 43,000
  Hindi 1,600
  Boro 200
  Bengali 200
  Rabha 100
  Mising 80
  Karbi 80
  Mizo 30
  Urdu 20
  English 20
  Malayalam 10
  Deori 10
  Naga, Sumi 10
  Bishnupuriya 10
  Marathi 10
People Groups Speaking Assamese

Primary Language:  Assamese

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1822-1974)
Bible-New Testament Yes  (1819-1993)
Bible-Complete Yes  (1833-2022)
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 Source
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching Global Recordings Network
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio Jesus Film Project
Film / Video Following Jesus video Jesus Film Project
Film / Video God's Story video God's Story
Film / Video Indigitube.tv Video / Animation Create International
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Assamese Jesus Film Project
Film / Video Magdalena video Jesus Film Project
Film / Video Story of Jesus for Children Jesus Film Project
Film / Video The Path of Light Create International
General Bible for Children Bible for Children
General Biblical answers to your questions Got Questions Ministry
General Four Spiritual Laws Campus Crusade for Christ
General Gospel resources links Scripture Earth
General Gospel website in this language General / Other
Mobile App Download Bible from Google Play Store Operation Agape
Text / Printed Matter Bible: Assamese YouVersion Bibles
Text / Printed Matter Children and youth resources One Hope
Text / Printed Matter Christ for the Nations General / Other
Text / Printed Matter Jesus Messiah comic book General / Other
Text / Printed Matter Literacy primer for Assamese Literacy & Evangelism International
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
0.07 %
Christianity  (Evangelical Unknown)
1.71 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
97.98 %
Islam
0.17 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.01 %
Unknown
0.06 %
* From latest India census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.
Photo Source Diganta Talukdar - Wikimedia  Creative Commons 
Map Source People Group data: Omid. Map geography: UNESCO / GMI. Map Design: Joshua Project.  
Profile Source Keith Carey  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more