Introduction / History
The term Monpa is a generic one, used by the Tibetans to denote mon (the low country) and pa (belonging to). The Monpa are, therefore, people "belonging to the low country." In reality, the various Monpa tribes of Arunachal Pradesh, including the But, migrated into the region from diverse places at various times, differing with respect to their languages and many other cultural traits. The But Monpas call themselves Matchopa, Bootpa or Butpa. This small tribe is one of six Monpa groups, each of which has been granted status as a scheduled tribe by the Indian government.
What Are Their Lives Like?
Some researchers do not consider such numerically small groups worth mentioning. Our aim is to present all distinct people groups, regardless of size, as each is precious to the Savior and the Bible states that every tribe, language and nation will have representatives worshiping around the throne of Jesus in heaven.
The But Monpa are quite different from the other Monpa groups and could probably be considered the least Buddhist of the various groups. The practice of pre-Buddhist shamanism still persists among them. However, the But Monpa have their own traditional faith, beliefs and festivals. Gradually they are being drawn into the Tibetan form of Buddhism like the other peoples in their region.
What Are Their Beliefs?
The But Monpas need the chance to embrace Jesus Christ and allow him to give them abundant life for eternity.
What Are Their Needs?
Pray that soon the But Monpas will have representatives worshiping around the throne of Jesus in heaven.
Pray for them to have the chance to hear of the wonderful grace of Jesus and respond.
Pray for long term workers to go to them with the gospel.
Scripture Prayers for the Monpa But in India.
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