Rabha in India


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

Subgroups: 2

Subgroup Name Population
Maitori 17,000
Rongdani 17,000

Introduction / History

The Rabha were originally from Tibet. The Rabha language is considered to be a homogeneous language of the Chinese language that developed near the Yang-Tse-Kiang and Hwang-ho (Yellow) rivers, according to scholars that specialize in this field of research and Rabha ancestry. After moving from the Tibetan region they occupied the Garo Hills area before dispersing throughout the Assam lowlands. They moved to Assam and settled primarily in the Brahmaputra Valley. After arriving in Assam, they were split into groups. On the way to Garo hills, one made a U-turn to the Brahmaputra's southern bank, while the other group moved on towards the plains of the Brahmaputra's northern bank.


Where Are they Located?

The Rabhas are a Mongoloid tribe found in Thailand, Myanmar, Bhutan, Bangladesh, Nepal. They are located in West Bengal, Assam and Meghalaya in India.


What Are Their Lives Like?

Previously they were farmers based on agriculture and they lived near the Yang-Tse-Kiang River and Hwang Ho River. Later they migrated to India and settled in the northeastern region on the southern and northern banks of Brahmaputra.


What Are Their Beliefs?

Members of the group may hold Christian, Buddhist, Hindu and animistic beliefs.


Prayer Points

Scripture Prayers for the Rabha in India.


References

Jose, U.V, Khurangnala, Guwahati, Don Bosco Rabha, Manish Kumar, Matriliny to Patriliny, New Delhi, Gian Publishing House, 1989 Umbavu Joseph. “Languages of the Greater Himalayan region, Volume 1 Rabha”, Brill, 2007


Profile Source:   Anonymous  

People Name General Rabha
People Name in Country Rabha
Population this Country 437,000
Population all Countries 439,000
Total Countries 2
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 2
Unreached No
Frontier People Group No
GSEC 4  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Pioneer Workers Needed
Alternate Names Dhuri; Maitaria; Pati; Rabba; रभा
People ID 17922
ROP3 Code 113406
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 13
Largest States
Assam
350,000
Meghalaya
43,000
West Bengal
33,000
Arunachal Pradesh
4,400
Nagaland
3,300
Manipur
300
Mizoram
200
Tripura
80
Maharashtra
50
Andaman and Nicobar
40
Punjab
30
Madhya Pradesh
10
Himachal Pradesh
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 13
  Assam 350,000
  Meghalaya 43,000
  West Bengal 33,000
  Arunachal Pradesh 4,400
  Nagaland 3,300
  Manipur 300
  Mizoram 200
  Tripura 80
  Maharashtra 50
  Andaman and Nicobar 40
  Punjab 30
  Madhya Pradesh 10
  Himachal Pradesh 10
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Assamese (232,000 speakers)
Language Code asm   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 45
Secondary Languages
(only 15 largest shown)
Rabha
94,000
Bengali
18,000
Hindi
15,000
Amri Karbi
3,100
Santhali
2,100
Nepali
1,500
Boro
700
Kurux
500
Garo
400
Odia
300
Kharia
200
Koch
100
Marathi
90
Munda
60
Punjabi, Eastern
60
Primary Language Assamese (232,000 speakers)
Language Code asm   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 45
Secondary Languages (only 15 largest shown)
  Rabha 94,000
  Bengali 18,000
  Hindi 15,000
  Amri Karbi 3,100
  Santhali 2,100
  Nepali 1,500
  Boro 700
  Kurux 500
  Garo 400
  Odia 300
  Kharia 200
  Koch 100
  Marathi 90
  Munda 60
  Punjabi, Eastern 60
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
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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
0.17 %
Christianity  (Evangelical Unknown)
5.26 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
94.22 %
Islam
0.21 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.02 %
Unknown
0.12 %
* From latest India census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.
Photo Source Lizameata Rabha 
Map Source People Group data: Omid. Map geography: UNESCO / GMI. Map Design: Joshua Project  
Profile Source Anonymous  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more