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.
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.
The Biate were historically animists. Today they are either Hindu or Christian. They celebrate their own festivals.
The entire Bible and audio resources exist in the Biate language; however, nothing is known about the literary education of the Biate people.
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|
|Progress Scale||2 ●|
|Frontier People Group||No|
|Pioneer Workers Needed|
|Alternate Names||Bete; Chin; Khochung; Khongsai; Kuki Chin; चीन, बिएटे|
|National Bible Society||Website|
|Persecution Rank||11 (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)|
|Total States on file||4|
|Districts||Interactive map, listing and data download|
|Specialized Website||South Asia Peoples|
|Primary Language||Biate (14,000 speakers)|
|Language Code||biu Ethnologue Listing|
|Language Written||Yes ScriptSource Listing|
Primary Language: Biate
|Bible Translation ▲||Status (Years)|
|Bible-New Testament||Yes (1985-1991)|
|Possible Print Bibles|
|Forum Bible Agencies|
|National Bible Societies|
|World Bible Finder|
|Resource Type ▲||Resource Name||Source|
|Audio Recordings||Audio Bible teaching||Global Recordings Network|
|Audio Recordings||Online New Testament||Faith Comes by Hearing|
|Film / Video||LUMO film of Gospels||Bible Media Group/LUMO|
|General||Gospel resources links||Scripture Earth|
|Text / Printed Matter||Bible: Biate||YouVersion Bibles|