Mundari is a Munda language spoken mainly in northeastern India, and also in northern Bangladesh and eastern Nepal, by about 1.17 million people. In India is has about 1.1 million speakers in Ranchi district of Jharkhand state, in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands, and in the states of Assam, Himachal Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Odisha, Tripura, and West Bengal.
Mundari is by about 2,500 people mainly in Naogaon district of the Rajshahi division in the northwest of Bangladesh, and also in the Rangpur and Sylhet divisions. In Nepal there are about 7,780 Mundari speakers in the Morang and Sundari districts of the Kosi zone in the east of the country.
Mundari is written with the Bengali alphabet in Bangladesh and in the India state of West Bengal. In the India states of Bihar and Jharkhand and in Nepal the Devanagari script is used. Christian speakers of Mundari in northeastern states of India write it with the Latin alphabet, and it is written with the Odia alphabet in the Indian state of Odisha. Another script, known as Mundari Bani, is used to some extent in Odisha.
Mundari is also known as Colh, Horo, Kolh, Mandari, Mondari or Munari. Dialects include Hasada, Naguri, Tamaria and Kera.
हॆ आलॆया सिर्मा रॆन् अबा,
आमह नुतुम् पावित्र् ऒका,
आमह राज् हिजुका,
आमह् मॊनॆ चिल्का सिर्मा रॆ मॆनःह् ऎन् लॆका ओतॆ रॆऒ हॊब:ऒका
आलॆकॆ आङॊ मःह् रःह् जॊमॆया तिसिङ् ऎमा लॆमॆ
ऒङॊ आलॆया पाप् कॊ छमा लॆमॆ
चिल्का आलॆ आलॆयः पाप् जद् कॊलॆ छमा जद् कॊअ:
ऒङॊ आलॆकॆ बिङऒरॆ आलॊम् उयु: लॆया
मॆन्दॊ ऎत् कनयॆतॆ बन्चऒ लॆमॆ
चियचि राज् ऒङॊ पॆङॆ ऒङॊ मनराङ्
सॊबॆन आम: गिया
Ae aaleya Abba! (Our Father !)
Aam sirma re mena meya (You ,who are in heaven)
Aama nutum pabitar ro ka (Holy be your name)
Aama rieze hiju ka (Your Kingdom come)
Aama odoh sirma re hobao tan leka, (Your will, which is carried out in heaven,)
Ote re ho hobao ka. (May the same be done on Earth)
Aaleah dina ke jomea, (The bread we require to eat daily )
Tsing (esing) ema leme. (Give us (the same) today )
Odoh aaleya paap ko adaye jae leka, (As we forgive those who sin against us)
Paap adaye leme. (Do forgive us our sins)
Bidao re aalom Oyou rika leya, (Do not bring us to the tests)
Mendo etkanaae te banchao leme. (But Deliver us from evil.)
Information about the Mundari language
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