Tikhir in India

The Tikhir have only been reported in India
Main Language
Largest Religion
Progress Gauge
* Data can be from various sources including official census, agencies, and local research. Data from these sources can sometimes differ even by orders of magnitude. Joshua Project attempts to present a conservative, balanced estimate.

Introduction / History

The Tikhir tribe of northeast India is a tribe with its own unique culture, tradition, dialect and history. They speak a language called Naga Yimchungru. At one time, the Tikhir were headhunters and a man's prestige depended upon the number of enemies he had killed. The Tikhir people live in Nagaland in northeastern India. Some live across the border in Myanmar. Most Tikhir claim to be followers of Jesus Christ.

What Are Their Lives Like?

The Tikhir people make their living from agriculture and hunting. Since the Tikhir are a small tribe in Nagaland, some of the larger tribes harass them. The Tikhir were forced to stay under the rule of a neighboring tribe and their area was divided into many political constituencies. Because of this, they don't have an elected representative and thus they are suffering in all spheres of life. In the middle of the 1990s, Tikhir villages were attacked by a larger neighboring tribe. Many Tikhir were killed including children and old women. Many houses, granaries and churches were burned.

What Are Their Beliefs?

With the coming of the Christian missionaries to Nagaland, most Tikhirs converted to Christianity. The majority are Baptist, and a few are Catholics. Pray that members of Tikhir churches will band together to share their precious Savior with the unreached peoples in their region. Many of the Tikhir practice elements of folk religion with their Christianity.

What Are Their Needs?

The Tikhir people need protection from those who might attack them or take advantage of them. The Tikhir need to learn to read so they can read the Bible for themselves. The Tikhir would benefit from access to modern medicine, clean water and electricity.

Prayer Points

Pray for peace with neighboring tribes and safety from attacks. Pray for official recognition of the Tikhir tribe and privileges as full citizens of India. Pray for spiritual growth within the church that will result in them sending missionaries to unreached peoples in their region.

Scripture Prayers for the Tikhir in India.

Profile Source:   Keith Carey  

People Name General Tikhir
People Name in Country Tikhir
Alternate Names तीखिर
Population this Country 9,100
Population all Countries 9,100
Total Countries 1
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 3
Unreached No
Frontier People Group No
Pioneer Workers Needed
People ID 18253
ROP3 Code 113786
ROP25 Code 308160
ROP25 Name Tikhir
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 2
Largest States
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 2
  Nagaland 9,000
  Assam 50
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Religion: Christianity
Major Religion Percent *
0.51 %
Christianity  (Evangelical Unknown)
99.02 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
0.10 %
0.25 %
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.01 %
0.10 %
* From latest India census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.

Primary Language:  Naga, Yimchungru

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1959-1989)
Bible-New Testament Yes  (1981-1989)
Bible-Complete Yes  (2007-2008)
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YouVersion NT (www.bible.com) Online
Possible Print Bibles
World Bibles
Forum Bible Agencies
National Bible Societies
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Virtual Storehouse
Resource Type Resource Name Source
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching Global Recordings Network
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Naga, Yimchungru Jesus Film Project
General Faith Comes By Hearing - Bible in text or audio or video Faith Comes by Hearing
General Scripture Earth Gospel resources links Scripture Earth
General YouVersion Bible versions in text and/or audio YouVersion Bibles
Mobile App Android Bible app: Naga, Yimchungru YouVersion Bibles
Mobile App iOS Bible app: Naga, Yimchungru YouVersion Bibles
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Map Source People Group data: Omid. Map geography: UNESCO / GMI. Map Design: Joshua Project  
Profile Source Keith Carey 
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