Darlong Bible Translation Project

Profile of the Darlong


  • Asia

Language Family

  • A Kuki-Chin language (part of the Sino-Tibetan family).


  • total of 15,000 speakers (Ethnologue)

  • 13,700 (Joshia Project)


  • 85.3% are Hindu, 7.1% are Muslim, 4.6% are Buddhist, and 3% Christian


  • Anne Osborn helped the Darlong people develop literacy. Bibles International is currently producing Old Testament storybooks and conducting training in literacy.

Existing Bible Translations

  • Bibles International’s New Testament was published in 1995. That was the first New Testament available.

  • The Bible Society published a New Testament in 1996.

Project Progress

  • Both the New Testament and the Old Testament have been completed. The Bible is currently undergoing quality checks.




The history of Christianity among the Darlong Kuki community began with a few new converts won to Christ by the Mizo people in 1919. The new Christians were so persecuted and misunderstood by the then Kuki Raja Bahadur (Chief), that they were finally excommunicated from their villages. These persecuted new Christians lived in their temporary farm huts until the chief allowed them to return after they promised to be faithful to him even though they were Christians. Bibles International was approached in 1985 by the Darlong people, and the work actually began in 1986. 

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