Thadou Kuki of India
The Kuki people have a Bible which has been mainly rejected by the Christian community because of its poor translation. There is a New Testament which has been used by the church and recent translation efforts have produced a whole Bible that is more reliable.
It will be called the Thadou Kuki Bible for the purpose of reflecting both the name of the language (Thadou) and the people (Kuki) and for the purpose of distinguishing it from the previous unreliable translation. FirstBible will participate in the printing of 20,000 copies of this Bible.
The Thadou Project was the first project that FirstBible Canada undertook. We began raising funds in August 2012, giving local Independant Baptist Churches across Canada an opportunity to work together in raising the necessary funds to get the Thadou Scripture from the point of translation to printing and in the hands of the Kuki people of India.
The Thadou are a Kuki people located chiefly in the hill country adjacent to the Imphal Valley in the northeastern Indian state of Manipur. This area encompasses some 26,000 square kilometers.
There are approximately 252,000 Kuki living in the Indian states of Manipur, Nagaland and Assam as well as the adjoining nations of Myanmar, Burma and Bhutan.
The Thadou feel that they are destined to be rulers of the Earth and eschew any yoke of domination. This attitude led to the Kuki rebellion of 1918‐1919. In spite of defeat, the Thadou maintain the belief that a promising future awaits them. The impact of Christian missionary activity was felt early in the 20th century. It is believed that their Christianization would improve relations between the Thadou and neighboring peoples (felt by the Thadou to be their inferiors).
Thadou settlements are located in dense jungle areas. Their subsistence activities include animal domestication, cultivation, hunting, and fishing.
The Republic of India, consists of 25 union states and 7 union territories, and the nation dominates South Asia and the Indian Ocean. Nearly 16% of the world's population is Indian, living on 2.4% of the world's land surface.
The great racial, ethnic, religious and linguistic diversity makes a simple subdivision of the population difficult. India is the world's largest functioning democracy, since becoming independent from Britain in 1947. Internal tensions have steadily increased because of caste, religious and regional loyalties.
The god Pathen is believed by the Thadou to be the ruler of the universe and the creator of everything. Sacrifices are offered to Pathen for health or help in time of trouble. Thunder and lightning are manifestations of his anger.
The thempu (medicine man/priest) is the chief religious practitioner of the Thadou. They believe illness is caused by supernatural forces and resort to ceremonial and magical methods of treatment almost exclusively.
Ceremonies are also performed for the purposes of ensuring eternal happiness, securing a place in Mithikho (afterworld) and securing the village from disease or evil spirits. Other ceremonies are associated with the agricultural cycles.