Biate in India

The Biate 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

Bia means 'speak' or 'worship '. The Biate live in Assam, Mizoram, Meghalaya and other north east Indian states, and are known as one of the oldest tribes in northeast India. They speak a Tibeto-Burman language. Their estimated population is only 16,000.


What Are Their Lives Like?

Biate people live on high slopes. They work in agriculture and shifting cultivation. They make their own clothes and play musical instruments. They have their own chiefs to make their laws, but the state court system looks after their interests. People marry someone from a different clan, and their elders arrange the marriages. Divorce does not happen very often. Surprisingly, upon the death of the father, the youngest son inherits the family property. Sons and daughters can have property according to what the father wants.


What Are Their Beliefs?

The Biate were historically animists. Today they are either Hindu or Christian. They celebrate their own festivals.


What Are Their Needs?

The entire Bible and audio resources exist in the Biate language; however, nothing is known about the literary education of the Biate people.


Prayer Points

Pray that Biate believers will begin Discovery Bible Studies to reach others for our Lord. Thank the Lord that many Biate people follow Christ!Pray that Biate believers will go to where the gospel has not yet been preached.


Scripture Prayers for the Biate in India.


Profile Source:   Keith Carey  

People Name General Biate
People Name in Country Biate
Population this Country 19,000
Population all Countries 19,000
Total Countries 1
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 2
Unreached No
Frontier People Group No
Pioneer Workers Needed
Alternate Names Bete; Chin; Khochung; Khongsai; Kuki Chin; चीन, बिएटे
People ID 19742
ROP3 Code 115495
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
12,000
Manipur
2,900
Mizoram
2,300
Meghalaya
1,100
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 10  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States 4
  Assam 12,000
  Manipur 2,900
  Mizoram 2,300
  Meghalaya 1,100
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Biate (14,000 speakers)
Language Code biu   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 5
Secondary Languages
Bengali
500
Chin, Thado
80
Assamese
60
Mizo
30
Primary Language Biate (14,000 speakers)
Language Code biu   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 5
Secondary Languages
  Bengali 500
  Chin, Thado 80
  Assamese 60
  Mizo 30
People Groups Speaking Biate

Primary Language:  Biate

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1949-1991)
Bible-New Testament Yes  (1985-1991)
Bible-Complete Yes  (1985-2014)
Bible-NT Audio Online
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
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching
Audio Recordings Online New Testament
Film / Video LUMO film of Gospels
General Gospel resources links
General Gospel website in this language
Text / Printed Matter Bible: Biate
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
0.13 %
Christianity  (Evangelical Unknown)
42.13 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
57.69 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.05 %
* From latest India census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.
Photo Source Stephen Thianglai 
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