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Magar in Bhutan

Magar

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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
2,900 Assamese Hinduism 0.00 % 0.00 %   

Magar in Bhutan

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Introduction / History
Magars are one of the oldest known tribes in Nepal; however, their origin is unclear. They are believed to be of Tibetan descent because their language and dances are similar to those within Tibetan cultures.

The Magars are divided into several groups: Western, Eastern, and Southern. As a people they speak both Nepali and their own language. Taken together, these groups number some seven percent of Nepal's population.

Where are they located?
Some of the Magar people live in the plains where the Himalayan hills begin. Others occupy the lower hills of the Mahabharat Lekh while a few inhabit the high-altitude mountain areas. Magar people live in India, Bangladesh, Nepal, and Bhutan.

What are their lives like?
These hardworking, self-sufficient, honest people make a living as craftsmen, farmers, miners, smiths, doctors, educators, civil servants, lawyers, journalists, and other occupations. Some are illiterate.

What are their beliefs?
The Magar people practice many religions including a blend of Buddhism and Hinduism, worshipping Brahma, Vishnu, and Shiva. They also practice traditional animism. Less than one percent follow Jesus, and it is unclear how much of the New Testament is available to them in their language.

"Life cycle rituals" are a very important part of Magar society. A special birth ceremony is held 11 days after a child is born. The baby is named and then washed for the first time. One festival known as Jyestha Poornima is observed in May or June at the time of the full moon. During the ceremony, freshly harvested grains are offered to the gods.

What are their needs?
These folk need Jesus. They need to worship the truth, not Hindu deities. They need the Bible in their heart language. They also need true religious freedom so they can put their faith in Jesus without being persecuted.

Prayer Points
* Pray for spiritual hunger among Magar people in Bhutan and Nepal.
* Pray that Christ-centered fellowships and a disciple making movement will take root in Magar society.
* Pray for the Bible to be translated and courage for the few Magar believers to be true to their faith.

References
https://joshuaproject.net/people_groups/11698/NP
https://joshuaproject.net/people_groups/11698/IN
https://joshuaproject.net/people_groups/11698/BG
http://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/refugees-from-bhutan-hope-for-a-more-colorful-future-here/
http://www.globalprayerdigest.org/index.php/issue/day/Magar-People-of-Nepal-and-Tibet/

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Country: Bhutan
Continent: Asia
Region: South Asia
Persecution Rank:33 (Only top 50 ranked, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
10/40 Window: Yes
Population in Country:2,900
Largest Provinces:
Western (2,100)Eastern (600)
Southern (200)
Total Provinces on file:3
   
  Peoples [3]
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People Name in Country: Magar
People Name General: Magar
Alternate People Names:
Bara MangarEastern Magar
GurkhaMagari
MangarMangari
ThamiThapa
मगर
ROP3 Code: 102848
Joshua Project People ID: 11698
Indigenous: No
Population in Country: 2,900
Population all Countries: 2,181,000
Least-Reached: Yes
   
 
Affinity Bloc: Tibetan-Himalayan Peoples
People Cluster: South Himalaya
People Name General: Magar
Ethnic Code: MSY50n
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Language
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Primary Language: Assamese
Language Code (ISO): asm    Ethnologue Listing
Secondary Languages:
Bengali (Unknown)Magar, Eastern (Unknown)
Nepali (Unknown)
Total Languages: 4
   
 
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religions:
Buddhism25.10 % 
Christianity0.00 %(Evangelical: 0.00 %)
Ethnic Religions0.00 % 
Hinduism74.90 % 
Islam0.00 % 
Non-Religious0.00 % 
Other / Small0.00 % 
Unknown0.00 % 
Christianity Segments:
Anglican0.00 %
Independent0.00 %
Protestant0.00 %
Orthodox0.00 %
Other Christian0.00 %
Roman Catholic0.00 %
 
(Evangelicals distributed across Christianity segments)
   
 
Progress Indicators [5]
Progress Scale[6]   Few evangelicals and few who claim to be Christians. Little, if any, history of Christianity.
Least-Reached: Yes
GSEC Status:Level 1   Less than 2% Evangelical. Some evangelical resources available, but no active church planting within past 2 years
 
 
Bible Translation Status
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Bible Portions: 1822-1974
New Testament:
1819-1993
Complete Bible: 1833-1995
Possible Bible Sources: Forum of Bible Agencies
 World Bible Finder
 World Christian Resource Directory
 Gospel Go
 
 
Ministry Resources [7]
Audio RecordingsMegaVoice Audio Bible and Stories
Audio RecordingsAudio Bible teaching (GRN)
Audio RecordingsChristassam recordings
Audio RecordingsOnline Scripture (Talking Bibles)
Audio RecordingsStory of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project ...
Film / VideoGod's Story Video
Film / VideoJesus Film: view in Assamese
Film / VideoMagdalena (Jesus Film Project)
Film / VideoStory of Jesus for Children (JF Project)
Film / VideoThe Path of Light (Indigitube.tv)
GeneralFour Spiritual Laws
GeneralGod's Simple Plan
GeneralGot Questions Ministry
Mobile AppDownload Bible from Google Play Store
Text / Printed MatterBible
Text / Printed MatterBible: অসমীয়া - Assamese
Text / Printed MatterChrist for the Nations
Text / Printed MatterOneHope resources for children and youth
Text / Printed MatterWorld Missionary Press Booklets
 
 
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Magar in Bhutan

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