The Murasing people are a tribe who live in northeast India and in Bangladesh. The Murasing are one of the 21 scheduled tribes in the Indian state of Tripura. Tripura had its own ruling dynasty until the 18th century when the British took over the area. In 1949 Tripura became part of India. Since the Murasing are a scheduled tribe they are eligible for public jobs and special consideration for university admission.
The main language of the Murasing people is a Tibetan dialect called Kok Borok. The official languages of the Tripura state are Bengali and Kok Borok. A complete Bible became available in Kok Borok in 1998.
Most of the Murasing live in Tripura, a state in northeastern India. A smaller group resides in Bangladesh.
Most of the Murasing live as their ancestors have for hundreds of years. They wander the hills looking for food and forest products to sell for household items. With the passing of time, they are settling down to one place and becoming farmers and day laborers. They live in bamboo houses on poles six feet or more off the ground to protect them from animals and floods.
They have different types of marriages. Some are arranged by families, some young people elope and some young people choose each other with the consent of their families. A headman who acts as a judge rules each village of five to 50 families. When a young man or woman comes of age, he or she is given a completely new name.
The main foods of the Murasing are rice, fish and vegetables. They eat meat except for beef. The traditional folk music and dance of the indigenous people of Tripura date back thousands of years.
If a devout Brahmin from Delhi examined the religion of the Murasing, he would probably think the Murasing were more animists than real Hindus. Though the Murasing people are officially Hindu, they have traditional beliefs, much like other tribal peoples in India. There are numerous festivals celebrated through out the year in Tripura with great pomp and show. The main festivals celebrated by the Tripura are the Durga Puja, Karchi Puja, Diwali, Holi, Buddha’s birthday, Christmas and New Year. Like many tribal peoples, the Murasing have their own priests and do not employ Brahmins for important family events.
The Murasing need to hear the life-changing message of Jesus Christ. He alone can free them from their fear of evil spirits and the forces of nature. The Murasing need help in educating their children and in learning new job skills that can bring them into the 21th century. Modern medical workers can do much to improve the lives of the Murasing.
* Scripture Prayers for the Murasing in India.
* Pray for the Holy Spirit to give the Murasing people teachable and understanding hearts.
* Pray for a strong movement of the Holy Spirit will bring entire Murasing families into a rich experience of God’s blessing.
* Pray for Murasing families to be drawn by the Holy Spirit to seek forgiveness and to understand the adequacy of Christ’s work on the cross.
* Pray for teams of believers to do sustained, focused prayer for the Lord to open the hearts of Murasing family leaders to experience God’s blessing through a movement of family-based discovery Bible studies.
|Profile Source: Keith Carey|
|Affinity Bloc||South Asian Peoples|
|People Cluster||South Asia Tribal - other|
|National Bible Society||Website|
|Persecution Rank||10 (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)|
|Specialized Website||South Asia Peoples|
|Primary Language||Kok Borok (13,000 speakers)|
|Language Code||trp Ethnologue Listing|
|Language Written||Yes ScriptSource Listing|
Primary Language: Kok Borok
|Bible Translation ▲||Status (Years)|
|Bible-New Testament||Yes (1976)|
|Possible Print Bibles|
|Forum Bible Agencies|
|National Bible Societies|
|World Bible Finder|
|Resource Type ▲||Resource Name|
|Audio Recordings||Audio Bible teaching (GRN)|
|Audio Recordings||Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project)|
|Film / Video||God's Story Video|
|Film / Video||Jesus Film: view in Kok Borok|
|Film / Video||Story of Jesus for Children (JF Project)|
|Text / Printed Matter||Bible: Kok Borok|
|Text / Printed Matter||World Missionary Press Booklets|