Translation of

Rabha Old Testament


Rabha is a Tibeto-Burmese language. Assamese script is used for writing this language. Rabha speakers are mainly concentrated in Assam state. They are also found in Meghalaya and West Bengal. The traditional economy of the Rabhas in general, is based on agriculture, forest based activities and weaving. In the past, the Rabhas used to practice shifting cultivation. They continued to cultivate the land with Gogo or bill-hook. Later they took up the job of settled cultivation and started cultivation with plough. Besides cultivation, hunting was also an old practice of Rabha people. Weaving was a traditional occupation of the Rabha women.

Today, one finds Rabhas in diverse occupations from forest workers and cultivators to all modern occupations like school teachers and government office bearers etc., though their number in white-collar jobs would not be very high.
Like in most tribal communities, dances and music play an important part in the lives of the Rabhas. After every ritual they perform various dances to ingratiate their deities. Most of the Rabha women can both sing and dance.
Like most tribal dances, those of the Rabhas are connected to some daily agrarian activity. They have a unique dance form named "Nakchung Reni" to celebrate fishing in the forest rivulets. Rabha women of all ages take part in this dance whole-heartedly.

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The project is launched at the request of the Rabha Baptist Church Union.

Progress Made: Genesis-Malachi have been drafted. The Committee have checked Pentateuch, most of the historical narratives and all minor prophets.
Population: 164,237 (2001 Census) New Testament was
Published in July 2000
Translator(s): Rev. Ananta Kr. Rabha
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