Bru 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

The Bru people live in Bangladesh and India. The majority are in India's northeastern states.


What Are Their Lives Like?

In Bangladesh and India, most Riang speakers are agriculturalists, and they practice a type of farming which is often referred to as "slash and burn" farming. They live in hilly areas and farm different hillsides on a rotational basis. Their homes are generally made of bamboo and leaves, and most of their villages do not have electricity or roads leading to them.


What Are Their Beliefs?

The Bru people practice Hinduism, the ancient religion of India. Hinduism is a catch-all phrase for the local religions of South Asia, so it is very diverse. At the popular level, Hindus worship and serve the gods of the Hindu pantheon. They visit Hindu temples and offer prayers, food, flowers, and incense to their gods in hopes of gaining protection and benefits. They do not have a personal or familial relationship with their gods like Christians or Jews. There are other Hindus who are much more philosophical, especially among the Brahmins.

Almost all Hindus participate in yearly celebrations like Holi, the festival of colors and the start of spring / Diwali, the festival of lights / Navratri, the celebration of autumn / and Rama Navami, Rama's birthday.


What Are Their Needs?

Because of the distance to schools and the Riang's lack of ability in Bengali, most Riang remain uneducated.


Prayer Points

Pray for loving workers to go to the Bru people, and for their hearts to be ready to receive their savior.

Pray for families of believers loving and serving others to grow reproducing churches.

Pray for a chain reaction of families reaching families that result in thousands of new disciples who share their faith with others.

Pray for grace and truth expanding into their entire society as all believers learn to love others.


Scripture Prayers for the Bru in India.


Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

People Name General Bru
People Name in Country Bru
Alternate Names Riang; Tikhak; Tripuri Riang; Tuikuk; ब्रू
Population this Country 245,000
Population all Countries 247,000
Total Countries 2
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 2
Unreached No
Frontier People Group No
GSEC 4  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Pioneer Workers Needed
People ID 17966
ROP3 Code 108370
ROP25 Code 307008
ROP25 Name Riang / Bru
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 on file 5
Largest States
Tripura
226,000
Assam
16,000
Arunachal Pradesh
1,100
Mizoram
900
Manipur
100
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 5
  Tripura 226,000
  Assam 16,000
  Arunachal Pradesh 1,100
  Mizoram 900
  Manipur 100
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
0.46 %
Christianity  (Evangelical Unknown)
16.75 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
82.32 %
Islam
0.15 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.03 %
Unknown
0.29 %
* From latest India census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.
Primary Language Kok Borok (179,000 speakers)
Language Code trp   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 25
Secondary Languages
(only 15 largest shown)
Bengali
12,000
Riang
7,300
Naga, Inpui
5,300
Assamese
1,900
Chin, Falam
300
Hindi
200
Mizo
100
English
40
Magahi
40
Odia
20
Koch
10
Kurux
10
Garo Nepali Gujarati
Primary Language Kok Borok (179,000 speakers)
Language Code trp   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 25
Secondary Languages (only 15 largest shown)
  Bengali 12,000
  Riang 7,300
  Naga, Inpui 5,300
  Assamese 1,900
  Chin, Falam 300
  Hindi 200
  Mizo 100
  English 40
  Magahi 40
  Odia 20
  Koch 10
  Kurux 10
  Garo 10
  Nepali 10
  Gujarati 10
People Groups Speaking Kok Borok
Photo Source Jonom Bru - Pixabay 
Map Source People Group data: Omid. Map geography: UNESCO / GMI. Map Design: Joshua Project  
Profile Source Joshua Project 
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Learn more.