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Khasi men near Moulvibazar, Bangladesh
Total population
Regions with significant populations
 India 1,427,711
Meghalaya 1,411,775
Assam 15,936
 Bangladesh 85,120
Christianity (85%) • Ka Niam Khasi (13%) Islam (2%)

The Khasi people ("Children of the Seven Huts"), are an indigenous ethnic group of Meghalaya in north-eastern India, with a significant population in the bordering state of Assam, and in certain parts of Bangladesh. The Khasi people are the native people of Meghalaya and are the largest ethnic group in the state. A sub-tribe of the Khasi community designed and built the famous living root bridges of the Cherrapunji region.

The Khasi indigenous religion like many other tribal religions of the world which are all based on nature worship face a growing threat of disappearance with the widespread dominance of Christianity and draws its beliefs from earlier times.

Like the Japanese, the Khasis use the Rooster as a symbol because they believe that it was he who aroused God and also humbly paved and cleared the path for God to create the Universe at the beginning of time. The rooster is the symbol of Morning marking a new beginning and a new sunrise.

The main crops produced by the Khasi people are betel leaf, areca nut, oranges, local Khasi rice and vegetables.

Under the Constitution of India, the Khasis have been granted the status of Scheduled Tribe. In present times, many Khasis are well placed in government and corporate sectors. Many Khasis are well educated and have also settled abroad, particularly in the US and Great Britain.

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