Biate in India

Photo Source:  Stephen Thianglai 
People Name: Biate
Country: India
10/40 Window: Yes
Population: 16,000
World Population: 16,000
Primary Language: Biate
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Christian Adherents: 42.13 %
Evangelicals: 0.00 %
Scripture: Complete Bible
Online Audio NT: No
Jesus Film: No
Audio Recordings: Yes
People Cluster: South Asia Tribal - other
Affinity Bloc: South Asian Peoples
Progress Level:

Introduction / History

The Biate live in Assam, Mizoram, Meghalaya and other north east Indian states. They speak a Tibeto Burman language. Bia means 'speak' or 'worship'.

Marriage is between their clans and is negotiated. Divorce does not happen often. On the death of the father, the youngest son inherits the property. Sons and daughters can have property according to what the father wants.

The Biate live on high slopes that are a few feet from the ground. They work in agriculture and shifting cultivation. A court is now looking after them, while they have chiefs who make the law.

The Biate have been animists and are now a mixture of Hindus and Christians. They have festivals. They make their own clothes and play musical instruments too.

Prayer Points

* Pray that the court leaders and chiefs come to Jesus Christ and lead others to Him.
* Pray that gospel materials will lead them to salvation.

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