Fractured christianity amongst the tangsa in Northeast India-Bible language politics and the charm of ecstatic experiences

Meenaxi Barkataki-Ruscheweyh*

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Abstract

This paper examines the proliferation of Christian denominations among the small Tangsa community in Northeast India. While resentment over the language chosen by the Baptist Church for the official Tangsa Bible triggered the initial fissures, the recent arrival of Pentecostal and charismatic churches has brought about further divisions. These divisions have not helped the cause of pan-Tangsa unity. However, in the everyday lives of most Tangsa, it is the Christian/non-Christian divide that is more relevant. Hence, the Tangsa situation is different from that of the neighbouring Mizo and Naga communities, in which Christianity has become a defining part of their identities.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)212-226
Number of pages15
JournalSouth Asia: Journal of South Asia Studies
Volume41
Issue number1
Early online date29 Nov 2017
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2018

Keywords

  • Baptists
  • Bible language
  • Bible translation
  • Catholic church
  • Christian conversion
  • Naga
  • Pentecostal-charismatic christianity
  • Presbyterians
  • Protestant denominations
  • Tangsa

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