CHURACHANDPUR, MANIPUR, INDIA (DECEMBER 16, 2012) (ANI) - More than 7000 people from the Gangte tribe participated in a record attempt to mass read The Holy Bible at an event in India's northeastern Manipur state, on Sunday (December 16).
The event was organized in the state's tribal dominated Churachandpur district where the Gangte people gathered to take part in the centenary gospel celebrations of the local church organisation.
About 7,047 people from the community gathered at a local ground for the event and read all of the 16 chapters from the Bible's entire Book of Romans portion.
The event started at around 1.30 pm (local time) and the feat was completed in a span of about an hour.
The event was also organized in a bid to make it an entry into the Limca Book of Records and get recognition for the community on a national level.
The Limca Book of Records is India's premier organisation that keeps a data of records made by people in various feats throughout the country.
For most of the participants, the event, aside from the record attempt, has also helped in fostering societal bonds among the people from the tribe.
"This is an event of the Gangte, and it is part of the centenary celebrations. So we just want to try for the Limca Book of Records by reading the Bible by a number considering around 7000, through massreading. And it is imparting a lot of education in the society for a better future especially in our community, that is Gangte tribe," said Albert Gangte, a participant.
The Gangte tribe, mostly Baptist Christians, is one of the many tribes in the state of Manipur that come under the umbrella category of the Nagas.