Meithei of United States

People Group Info

Total Population: 140

ROP3 Code: 106268
IMB Affinity Group: South Asian Peoples
Affinity Bloc: Tibetan / Himalayan Peoples
People Cluster: Kuki-Chin-Naga
Language: Manipuri - (mni)
Religion: Hinduism
Country of Origin: India

Majority Located Where

  Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX - 20

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Brief Profile

Consisting of seven clans, the Meithei people, also spelled Meetei or Meithei, are the majority people group of Manipur, India resulting being referred to as Manipuris.

Their language, Manipuri, is the predominant language and lingua franca in the southeastern Himalayan state of Manipur, in northeastern India. It is the official language in government offices. Moreover, it is also spoken in the Indian states of Assam and Tripura, and in Bangladesh and Myanmar.

Traditionally in their homeland, they resided on the plains making them distinctly different from people groups residing in the hills. They language also serves as a distinguishing identity along with their religious adherence.

Although the Meithei claim Hinduism as their religion, they most often guard and retain their distinct culture of ancestor worship, animism and shamanic spirituality.

Prayer Points

  • Pray when Christians encounter people from the country of India, they will ask the right questions to discover where they are from in India and also their distinct people group identity.
  • Pray God will work in the minds and hearts of Meithei to understand the Gospel message.
  • Pray God will call out Christians to minister to the physical, emotional, and spiritual needs of the Meithei people.


Global Recordings Network
PG - Hindi and Hindu Story Set (pdf)
Religions - Hinduism Belief Bulletin (pdf)
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